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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by IUP CRIMSON HAWKS View Post
    Looks like the IUP gals currently have the inside track to host the conference and region playoffs at their place. But don't we say stuff like this every year? I don't believe that they have hosted a region since 2008 in what amounted to the rather infamous Mount Olive affair. Looks like Virginia Union is hot on their heels at #10 nationally with a 16-2 record.

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    Tom's won two straight Regional titles away from home. It doesn't matter where it is.

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  • IUP CRIMSON HAWKS
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    Looks like the IUP gals currently have the inside track to host the conference and region playoffs at their place. But don't we say stuff like this every year? I don't believe that they have hosted a region since 2008 in what amounted to the rather infamous Mount Olive affair. Looks like Virginia Union is hot on their heels at #10 nationally with a 16-2 record.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Tom just hammered Seton Hill.

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  • EyeoftheHawk
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

    I actually wouldn't start Cerro -- not right now, anyway. I'd work her in as the 7th or 8th man. The production just hasn't been there. Teams see this on film. I suppose it is by design but she doesn't seem allowed to shoot the ball. So, opposing teams are pretty much letting her go and tightening down on the others.
    It seems to me it’s by design. She had some open looks and didn’t even consider shooting. The one shot she did take was in garbage time and it looked like she just wanted to throw one up. That said, she has to offer some type of scoring threat even if it’s just 5 ppg. It’s hard to argue with your lineup.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by EyeoftheHawk View Post

    Couldn't agree more. It seems they don't really start clicking until Alexander and Fink take the floor. Fink was a little off last night but still brought a ton of energy. If Alexander doesn't have the huge first half IUP would have been climbing out of a pretty deep hole. They still would have won because they just have way more material than Clarion, but that won't work against the better teams in the conference and region.

    What would your starting five be? I'd go with Cerro, Alexander, Mascaro, Griggs, and Myers with Fink and D'Anna being first off the bench.
    I actually wouldn't start Cerro -- not right now, anyway. I'd work her in as the 7th or 8th man. The production just hasn't been there. Teams see this on film. I suppose it is by design but she doesn't seem allowed to shoot the ball. So, opposing teams are pretty much letting her go and tightening down on the other four players. Once she comes out and Alexander comes in ... the offense explodes. Courtney is a well-known sniper so teams have to pay a lot of attention to her. Not picking on Cerro as I realize she's a true freshman but that's the reality through 17-18 games. The time is coming when they can't keep assuming they'll make these comebacks. This slow-start stuff has been happening all season. They have Tort Syndrome. LOL. Raja can be turnover prone at times but she is a load to handle on both ends. She also seems to play better as the game goes on. I think Raja could also easily play under the basket in stretches if Tom wanted to experiment with some guard-heavy lineups.

    I'd go with Alexander, Mascaro, Myers, Griggs and D'Anna. Fink is first off the bench and Cerro gets spot minutes. Lovelace and Cardona are next. Josie can be worked in occasionally along with the 6'3" Wade. I'm assuming at this poiint Teirra Preson is injured as she hasn't appeared in a game since Nov. 15.


    How does Tom always have what feels like 5 times the depth as Joe? Seriously.

    End of the day ... Tom's the man. He's rocking and rolling -- and knows what to do. Hosting the Regional is certainly in the sights and has to be the goal. They have the team to three-peat it.

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  • IUP CRIMSON HAWKS
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    I'm officially lost with this notion of Courtney Alexander not starting. She may legitimately be the West Player of the Year.

    Without getting in to specifics, Tom's 'starting' lineup just isn't getting it done. They start nearly every game bad until Alexander enters. Then they go on a big run.

    Last night she had 17 in the first half on 5-5 treys.

    Other than a quick breather here or there she should never come off the floor. Add to it she's also their best defender. At a legit 5'11", she's just a mismatch for the majority of guards.
    Sounds like she may be in that Lacey Claar (2007-11) role. Not sure if I recall the exact year(s) but she was obviously one of the five best players but she would come of the bench rather than start. She was also a three-point specialist. I guess sometimes a coach likes to have that extra jolt that he can throw into the fight.

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  • EyeoftheHawk
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    I'm officially lost with this notion of Courtney Alexander not starting. She may legitimately be the West Player of the Year.

    Without getting in to specifics, Tom's 'starting' lineup just isn't getting it done. They start nearly every game bad until Alexander enters. Then they go on a big run.

    Last night she had 17 in the first half on 5-5 treys.

    Other than a quick breather here or there she should never come off the floor. Add to it she's also their best defender. At a legit 5'11", she's just a mismatch for the majority of guards.
    Couldn't agree more. It seems they don't really start clicking until Alexander and Fink take the floor. Fink was a little off last night but still brought a ton of energy. If Alexander doesn't have the huge first half IUP would have been climbing out of a pretty deep hole. They still would have won because they just have way more material than Clarion, but that won't work against the better teams in the conference and region.

    What would your starting five be? I'd go with Cerro, Alexander, Mascaro, Griggs, and Myers with Fink and D'Anna being first off the bench.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    I'm officially lost with this notion of Courtney Alexander not starting. She may legitimately be the West Player of the Year.

    Without getting in to specifics, Tom's 'starting' lineup just isn't getting it done. They start nearly every game bad until Alexander enters. Then they go on a big run.

    Last night she had 17 in the first half on 5-5 treys.

    Other than a quick breather here or there she should never come off the floor. Add to it she's also their best defender. At a legit 5'11", she's just a mismatch for the majority of guards.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by Golden89 View Post

    Wow! 20 turnovers is a half is quite the accomplishment. Looked like the Hawks had 40 possessions (which is quite a bit). 12 ended in made baskets, 1 in a trip to the line (missed both), and 7 ended in missed shots that UPJ got the rebounded. And the other half ended in turnovers. That's pretty good offensive efficiency when you get up a shot, but 20 turnovers is ungodly awful.
    The other game Mascaro missed this year was the one at DC when they scored 39 and won.

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  • Golden89
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    IUP committed 20 turnovers in the first half ... and have a lead.

    TWENTY .... 20

    IUP 26
    UPJ 25

    Half


    As Jack says ... Man o day ...



    People were yapping on Twitter why some aren't playing ... THIS is why.
    Wow! 20 turnovers is a half is quite the accomplishment. Looked like the Hawks had 40 possessions (which is quite a bit). 12 ended in made baskets, 1 in a trip to the line (missed both), and 7 ended in missed shots that UPJ got the rebounded. And the other half ended in turnovers. That's pretty good offensive efficiency when you get up a shot, but 20 turnovers is ungodly awful.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    IUP turns the ball over a whopping 28 times and somehow still won, 58-53.

    Lord, I hope Justina Mascaro is back soon.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    IUP committed 20 turnovers in the first half ... and have a lead.

    TWENTY .... 20

    IUP 26
    UPJ 25

    Half


    As Jack says ... Man o day ...



    People were yapping on Twitter why some aren't playing ... THIS is why.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    IUP has an early lead but looks AWFUL ... 16 turnovers mid-way thru 2nd quarter.

    The flu has hit the team. Star guard Justina Mascaro didn't make the trip. Maria Cerro also sick.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by IUPalum View Post
    It was great to see former IUP player Monica Burns hacking it up on Saturday. 1-10FG, 0 assists, 7 points... Heck of a game! Cried that she wasn't starting as a freshman but I'm not even sure she'd come off the bench as a senior for IUP!
    Raja Fink, who many feel should be playing tremendously more minutes, really did a number on Burns defensively in that game. Raja got heavy minutes after Maria Cerro got three quick fouls. She came off the bench and scored 9 points and grabbed 7 boards -- and was a shutdown defender. She's a really physical player. Imposing, actually.

    As Jess Strom said after, Cal just wore out down the stretch. They looked tired. The other thing I noticed live was once it was apparent IUP was taking control of the game, you saw a hesitancy from Cal on offense. It looked like nobody wanted to take the big shots.

    Tom really, really coached a good game. They made excellent adjustments at halftime and found the weak links in that aggressive Cal defense. Lexi Griggs was fantastic minus the first 5 minutes.

    The only thing I question with Tom is how he ever takes Courtney Alexander off the floor. He's using her as the '6th Man' this year but she may be the best overall player on the team. Likely not coincidental, they typically start in a hole against every good team. He then brings her in and they go on big runs.

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  • IUPalum
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    It was great to see former IUP player Monica Burns hacking it up on Saturday. 1-10FG, 0 assists, 7 points... Heck of a game! Cried that she wasn't starting as a freshman but I'm not even sure she'd come off the bench as a senior for IUP!

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