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  • CALUPA69
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post


    It's hard to come up with any rationale to what Tom did last night. I mean ... any at all.

    Cal does get credit. Strom does to Tom what Manchel does to Joe. Discombobulates the heck out of them on the offensive end.

    That said ...

    Being frank, both teams played awful.

    IUP shot 39% (poor) to Cal's 28% (awful) and IUP won the glass by a huge margin 45 to 31 -- and lost. There were long stretches that neither team could hit the side of a barn -- air balls galore, etc.

    The Hawks committed a horrendous 21 turnovers -- at least half of which were self-inflicted. The lineup management was the worst I've ever seen by Tom. He was just out of it or something.

    Consider Mikayla Lovelace and Maria Cerro haven't played a meaningful minute in weeks (Lovelace really all season) ... and they are both on the floor together in crunch time with 2 minutes left? Really?

    The point guard situation is still a mess -- and it's Feb. 13. And, if Justina Mascaro comes off the floor ... pure chaos follows. She picked up two quick fouls last night and all hell broke loose.

    IUP shooting 16% from the field in the first quarter didn't help, either.

    Maura D'Anna being assigned to cover D.J. Hahn was a total mismatch for Cal -- and they exploited it all night. D'Anna is a classic low-post bruiser ... she's not geared to cover a sharp-shooter on the perimeter. That was beyond odd.

    Rajah Fink, who has been one of Tom's best players the past month, was literally nowhere to be found. She played just 6 minutes and was scoreless. Lovelace and Cerro played a combined 33 minutes -- and combined for basically no stats.

    Had Cal even shot a modest 43% or so Tom would have been blown out of the building. How they had a chance to win that game with 40 seconds left in itself was a small miracle.

    The good news is they won't have to play down there again this year. If they meet for a Round 3, it will either be in the KCAC or the Hammermill. Also, Tom's last two tough games are both at home.

    The bad news is that 3-game cushion shrunk -- and they still have Gannon and Edinboro.

    Put that film in the trash, regroup and move along.
    The game absolutely was bad/awful for both teams last night. And every team has games like that. But there is a way to coach your team through those nights and come out on top. JS has that ability. Based on stats VULCANS WBB should have something close to a .500 record this year but they don't because in twelve games decided by 10 pts or less they are 10-2. They do not have reliable scorers. DJ is never someone I'd want to depend on to win a game. Based on comments after the game, JS apparently had to almost force her to take those shots. That and her demand that everyone play D all the time seems to be the secret. If in those 12 close games, CAL had a .500 mark, you'd be looking at an 11-12 also-ran not a team with an opportunity for a PSAC home game and a scary opponent in subsequent games.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by IUPalum View Post


    I’d like to agree but NO!!! Cal shot 28%. Tom has D’anna on Hahn the whole game which was a huge mismatch. Lovelace played 16 more minutes than she usually does. Nothing was normal about what Tom’s game plan was. If Tom switches the D’Anna match up and plays Fink her normal minutes, it’s a blow out!!!

    It's hard to come up with any rationale to what Tom did last night. I mean ... any at all.

    Cal does get credit. Strom does to Tom what Manchel does to Joe. Discombobulates the heck out of them on the offensive end.

    That said ...

    Being frank, both teams played awful.

    IUP shot 39% (poor) to Cal's 28% (awful) and IUP won the glass by a huge margin 45 to 31 -- and lost. There were long stretches that neither team could hit the side of a barn -- air balls galore, etc.

    The Hawks committed a horrendous 21 turnovers -- at least half of which were self-inflicted. The lineup management was the worst I've ever seen by Tom. He was just out of it or something.

    Consider Mikayla Lovelace and Maria Cerro haven't played a meaningful minute in weeks (Lovelace really all season) ... and they are both on the floor together in crunch time with 2 minutes left? Really?

    The point guard situation is still a mess -- and it's Feb. 13. And, if Justina Mascaro comes off the floor ... pure chaos follows. She picked up two quick fouls last night and all hell broke loose.

    IUP shooting 16% from the field in the first quarter didn't help, either.

    Maura D'Anna being assigned to cover D.J. Hahn was a total mismatch for Cal -- and they exploited it all night. D'Anna is a classic low-post bruiser ... she's not geared to cover a sharp-shooter on the perimeter. That was beyond odd.

    Rajah Fink, who has been one of Tom's best players the past month, was literally nowhere to be found. She played just 6 minutes and was scoreless. Lovelace and Cerro played a combined 33 minutes -- and combined for basically no stats.

    Had Cal even shot a modest 43% or so Tom would have been blown out of the building. How they had a chance to win that game with 40 seconds left in itself was a small miracle.

    The good news is they won't have to play down there again this year. If they meet for a Round 3, it will either be in the KCAC or the Hammermill. Also, Tom's last two tough games are both at home.

    The bad news is that 3-game cushion shrunk -- and they still have Gannon and Edinboro.

    Put that film in the trash, regroup and move along.

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  • IUPalum
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    Originally posted by CALUPA69 View Post

    Please acknowledge that to some degree it has to do with the opponent and specifically the opposing coach. In her career versus IUP under TM, JESS STROM has had the better of it in total games 12-6. If they can't compete straight up, her teams usually have the ability to reduce the game to a grinder and win by making a few less mistakes. Also the Mon Valley has been Death Valley for the C'HAWKS offense. In the last 10 games in HAMER/ A DOME teams that probably average 75-85 PPG have been held to 57.6. These are certainly not good looking basketball games but a W is a W. Be happy that he is 3-1 versus JS in the post season.

    I’d like to agree but NO!!! Cal shot 28%. Tom has D’anna on Hahn the whole game which was a huge mismatch. Lovelace played 16 more minutes than she usually does. Nothing was normal about what Tom’s game plan was. If Tom switches the D’Anna match up and plays Fink her normal minutes, it’s a blow out!!!

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  • CALUPA69
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    Originally posted by IUPalum View Post

    What Tom was doing last night made no sense. His line up, to strategy, etc. It all made no sense!
    Please acknowledge that to some degree it has to do with the opponent and specifically the opposing coach. In her career versus IUP under TM, JESS STROM has had the better of it in total games 12-6. If they can't compete straight up, her teams usually have the ability to reduce the game to a grinder and win by making a few less mistakes. Also the Mon Valley has been Death Valley for the C'HAWKS offense. In the last 10 games in HAMER/ A DOME teams that probably average 75-85 PPG have been held to 57.6. These are certainly not good looking basketball games but a W is a W. Be happy that he is 3-1 versus JS in the post season.

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  • IUPalum
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post

    Tom's lost 8 straight down there. He played scared out of his mind tonight.
    What Tom was doing last night made no sense. His line up, to strategy, etc. It all made no sense!

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by Golden89 View Post
    Great ... Gannon women get to play IUP coming off a loss. The good news is that the number 1 seed is still barely in play for the Lady Knights. Just barely.

    The biggest ramifications of the loss is that IUPs chances to host the regional took a hit.
    Tom's lost 8 straight down there. He played scared out of his mind tonight.

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  • Golden89
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    Great ... Gannon women get to play IUP coming off a loss. The good news is that the number 1 seed is still barely in play for the Lady Knights. Just barely.

    The biggest ramifications of the loss is that IUPs chances to host the regional took a hit.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Originally posted by IUPalum View Post
    Tom’s worst coaching job I’ve ever seen! Disgusting!!!
    He was saving his mop-up players to play the 4th quarter at Cal ... lol

    WTF

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  • IUPalum
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    Tom’s worst coaching job I’ve ever seen! Disgusting!!!

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Tom's going down.

    He should try not to puke watching this film tomorrow.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Cerro goes from benched to playing the whole game at Cal.

    Makes sense, right?

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Tom down 3 at half.

    Good news they can't possibly play any worse.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Mo is out. Concussion.

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  • IUPbigINDIANS
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    Tom moved up to No. 4 in this week's national poll.

    Good news is three of the top teams in the country are all in the same region.

    Of course you can that is what is jacked up about D2, too.

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  • IUP24
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    Originally posted by IUPbigINDIANS View Post
    Wonder if SRU's Bobby McGraw is getting sick of IUP yet ...

    Consider during his tenure:

    He is 0-14 against Tom with an average score of 83 to 56. In 9 of the 14 meetings his teams have been held to 54 points or less (and 5 times 48 points or less). He's also been ejected once. The last four meetings have a combined score of 336 to 192.
    Imagine if our buddy Kevin returns to Slippery Rock to patrol the women's sidelines. Oh boy.... Get your popcorn ready.

    #FreeKevinReynolds

    Side note... I could see Tom really putting up a big number on KR. And I mean a BIG number. He isn't calling off the dogs.

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