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  • Hailey Diestelkamp is finishing her career strong. Today, she was named the National Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks. Yesterday, she was Named GLVC Player of the Week for the third consecutive week.

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    • The Panthers gave that game to UMSL. That was a heckuva shot at the end for Rose. Good showing by the Panthers but they blew this opportunity to win.

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      • Lady Panther recruit Katie Scott has been named Missouri Gatorade Girl's Player of the Year. She averaged 21.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 3.2 steals and 2.8 blocks a game while playing in the very strong class 4 Central Ozark Conference.

        Molly also has 2 very quick scoring D1 caliber guards coming for next season. The team will never replace the speed Drury's seniors bring to the table, but it appears there will still be extraordinary basketball to watch at Oreilly for years to come.

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        • Originally posted by crazznewt View Post
          The Panthers gave that game to UMSL. That was a heckuva shot at the end for Rose. Good showing by the Panthers but they blew this opportunity to win.
          They sure did - had them beat. Garrison has to be sick. The best free throw shooter in the conference (92%) goes 2-6 from the line for the game, including missing the front end of a 1 and 1 and missing 2 with 9 seconds on the clock. Hard to fault him though, as he was the best player on the floor otherwise. Not sure we could've scored 30 against that defense without him. He needs more help next year. Our forwards missed 3 wide open, room-service layups. If they just make 1 of them, we win.

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          • Hailey Diestelkamp is the GLVC Tournament MVP for the third straight year after she led the Lady Panthers to their 4th consecutive league championship. Her stat line: 25 pts, 10 reb, 7 steals, 6 ast.

            Drury's won loss record with these 3 seniors is 128 wins and 8 losses. They have only lost 2 GLVC games.

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            • Daejah Bernard now has passed the 400 steal, 500 rebound and 600 assist mark for her career. All this in about 25 minutes a game.

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              • Hesser proved again his teams will be competitive by February every year. His inexperienced big men cost Drury a chance in that wide open tournament.

                Hard to believe Bellarmine hasn't played at the "O" for 5 years. If I was a conspiracy theorist, I would think this was influenced by Drury being the toughest road trip for Scotty.

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                • I'm just hoping this virus scare won't hurt the attendance at these regionals. Some people are wearing masks around here and basic staples are flying off the shelves.

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                  • Originally posted by crazznewt View Post
                    I'm just hoping this virus scare won't hurt the attendance at these regionals. Some people are wearing masks around here and basic staples are flying off the shelves.
                    Ohio governor has recommended that indoor activities have no spectators. High school tournaments will only allow immediate families of players starting tomorrow. Only a matter of time before other states follow this policy.

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                    • Frustration is EVERYWHERE right now. Drury's Women probably played the strongest non conference schedule in D2 which ended up being the 4th strongest schedule (per Wayne Cavadi, NCAA.COM) after conference play watered it down. That is the reason Drury won the right to host the regional over an equally frustrated Ashland team. Molly took the risk at losses in that non-con and absolutely deserved that number 1 ranking all year long. They were in a great position to accomplish their goal of a National Championship.

                      Attendance averaged 1,768 loud appreciative fans this season and that number would have been 2,000 to 3,000 per game this weekend.

                      The NCAA should allow all seniors another year or eligibility.

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                      • Originally posted by crazznewt View Post
                        Frustration is EVERYWHERE right now. Drury's Women probably played the strongest non conference schedule in D2 which ended up being the 4th strongest schedule (per Wayne Cavadi, NCAA.COM) after conference play watered it down. That is the reason Drury won the right to host the regional over an equally frustrated Ashland team. Molly took the risk at losses in that non-con and absolutely deserved that number 1 ranking all year long. They were in a great position to accomplish their goal of a National Championship.

                        Attendance averaged 1,768 loud appreciative fans this season and that number would have been 2,000 to 3,000 per game this weekend.

                        The NCAA should allow all seniors another year or eligibility.
                        For spring sports, absolutely, and I’m glad to see the NCAA is doing it. But for winter sports, where players got a full season (30+ games in some cases) in? Would you extend that to teams whose seasons had already ended even before all of this? A player who already turned in their gear, celebrated senior day, and has mentally wrapped up their career gets a whole other season, because 20% of the rest of the seniors didn’t get their tournament, where they are only guaranteed one more game?

                        No one is saying it’s not a bummer that winter sport athletes didn’t get a chance for their final hurrah in the tournament (be it basketball, wrestling, swimming - which, got halfway through before they canceled. Do they all get to come back?). Unrelated (kind of), but could you imagine giving DIestelkamp another 30+ games? Good luck anyone ever touching a single school or NCAA record, because no one will ever again get 150 games in a collegiate career!

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                        • Originally posted by TSU_Mike59 View Post

                          For spring sports, absolutely, and I’m glad to see the NCAA is doing it. But for winter sports, where players got a full season (30+ games in some cases) in? Would you extend that to teams whose seasons had already ended even before all of this? A player who already turned in their gear, celebrated senior day, and has mentally wrapped up their career gets a whole other season, because 20% of the rest of the seniors didn’t get their tournament, where they are only guaranteed one more game?

                          No one is saying it’s not a bummer that winter sport athletes didn’t get a chance for their final hurrah in the tournament (be it basketball, wrestling, swimming - which, got halfway through before they canceled. Do they all get to come back?). Unrelated (kind of), but could you imagine giving DIestelkamp another 30+ games? Good luck anyone ever touching a single school or NCAA record, because no one will ever again get 150 games in a collegiate career!
                          Very good points Mike and I agree with you. But that 20% you mentioned are people whose commitment to success on the court was second to none and at some point outworked most of the other 80% to reach this level of success. They deserve a chance to finish what they started.

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                          • Hailey Diestelkamp named Midwest Region Player of the Year and Academic All American.

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                            • Hailey Diestelkamp repeats as Division 2 National Player of the Year, Daejah Bernard repeats as an All America pick (while averaging about 6 points a game), and Molly Miller repeats as Division 2 National Coach of the Year.

                              These girls were so fun to watch dominate all 90 feet of the court.

                              Molly has one returning elite athlete, one elite recruit, and a roster of very good players so far for next season.

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                              • Incoming 6'3" freshman Katie Scott has just been named "Miss Sho-Me Basketball" adding to her recognition as "Gatorade's Missouri High School Player of the Year". Even more impressive is the fact the talent level in this state is high this year.

                                How many of those go D2?
                                Last edited by crazznewt; 03-25-2020, 02:14 PM.

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