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WBB: 12/10 at Marist

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With the calendar turning over to December, I figured this would be a good time to post this game. A matchup of two of the premier mid-major squads in the northeast, if not the country shifts south to Poughkipsee on Wednesday the 10th. In the game last year, the Danes came away with a victory that was probably their biggest non-conference win prior to this season's victory over Penn St.


As for some context of the game itself, Marist had a large contingent at SEFCU that night. The band was quite vocal (as was the case all last year), especially during Marist FT's. At halftime, after fans complained to the police in the arena, the police silenced the band for the rest of the game. We were not allowed to make any noise on free throws or any other defensive possessions. That was the first and only time that has ever happened, and was especially crazy to happen in our own building. We told Coach Abe after the fact, and she was incensed.


Fast forward to next Wednesday, and I am hoping to have a solid purple crowd at the game at Marist. I will be attending, and will be providing tickets for up to 10 other band members (no instruments, just voices) to come down and exact some revenge and continue to show who is top dog in New York. Hope to see some of you at the game, spread the word!

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Women fell behind 53-33, then went on a 22-4 run but end up just short, 61-58.


Outrebounded Marist 51-28 but shot only 14 FTs to the Vixens' 24.


All I can say is "Wow!" I was somewhat following the scores at the beginning of the second half and had to do other things when we fell behind by 20. I cannot believe that the final score was that close. What caused the turnaround? Whatever it is I hope it gets repetition the rest of the season.

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I felt two years ago this would be the year the lady Danes caused national damage to some big programs on their schedule. Then Megan decided to retire from playing. This years team, while hustling their tails off, commits way too many turnovers that are going to bite them. Things were so much easier with 6'8" cleaning up inside...our guards now have to help in the paint which is partly preventing them from being able to get out on the break....

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Was at the game, so some thoughts: The guards are only comfortable shooting from the perimeter if they are completely open. If they have someone on them, they don't have the confidence to hit the shot. As a result, they try and either a: get the ball inside to Richards or Jo-Carter, or b:drive to try to penetrate the defense, and either go to the rim or kick it out and start the process over again. The former has resulted in a lot of easy turnovers, as teams are just putting their hands up when Royals or Rosario have the ball up top, stealing passes meant for Richards. The best defense on Shereesha was not letting her get the ball. Also, Tate had a solid game, getting at least 3 offensive rebounds off of her own misses, and getting to the FT line. It would be great to see her develop a 3-pt shot, as she often has the ball out there, fakes a shot, but defenders know that she will never shoot it so they just prepare for her to drive to the hoop.


They had at one point an 11-1 advantage on the offensive glass, but had trouble taking advantage of second chance opportunities.


Ultimately, Coughlin got them back into the game making 2 consecutive 3's, which ignited their run, but they haven't been consistent from the perimeter since Lowrie graduated. Royals airballed one (which wound up being a great pass) and Rosario couldn't hit either. Nevertheless, the team played with some passion over the last 10 minutes and if they bring that through the rest of the season, they should be okay. Just need to improve and adapt.

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