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Games thread - Women's Bball hosting Samford (Monday, 11/22/21, 6:00 PM MT) and Texas Southern (Tuesday, 6:00 PM MT)

AztecBuff

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Tomorrow begins what I assume is the busiest week of the regular season for women's basketball, as they start a 4 (all home) games in one week period with a back to back against the Samford Bulldogs (1-3) tomorrow (Monday) at 6:00 PM MT, followed up by another game at the same time Tuesday against the Texas Southern Lady Tigers (0-3).
(Not too meaningful given they're from last (pandemic-affected) season, but was curious, so looked to see where these teams ended up ranked/ rated that season. Samford ended up #160 (out of 343 D1 teams) in Massey and #168 in the NCAA's NET, while Texas Southern ended at #'s 300 and 312.)

Both games are scheduled to be viewable on a free live stream. (Links near the bottom of this post.)

Go Buffs!

Preview -


Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2021/11/21/womens-basketball-buffs-set-for-whirlwind-week.aspx

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BOULDER—Four games in seven days. That's what the Colorado women's basketball program is staring down this week, starting with a pair of back-to-back matchups against Samford and Texas Southern.

Colorado (3-0), who also played on Friday to start the current six-game homestand, heads into Thanksgiving with a lot more than turkey on its plate. The Buffs will have three days in between games and then go back-to-back against Louisiana Tech and Wisconsin to close the stretch.

"Since I have been here, I have never played back-to-back games like that," junior Jaylyn Sherrod pointed out. "I'm excited to play Samford because they are from [my] home. I know a lot of people on that team. It will be good to have people here that I know and have grown up with."

The Buffs have short histories with both the Bulldogs and the Tigers. Colorado is 2-0 against both opponents. CU traveled to Samford in 2017 (71-60) before the Bulldogs visited Boulder in 2018 (81-39). CU's last contest with the Tigers was early on in 2019 (74-50).

Head coach JR Payne noted that the task at hand for the Buffs will all be about how the team prepares for the upcoming schedule.

"I think the biggest thing, as far as how we prepare, is that we prepare the same as a coaching staff for every single game – whether it's an exhibition or the No. 1 team in the country. Our preparation will be the same. The biggest thing for the team is going to be that they stay mentally sharp. We have a veteran ball club that knows how important that is. I have no concerns."
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Mark Johnson returns with the call on the Colorado Radio Network. Pregame starts at 5:30 p.m. MT. Tip-off for both games is set for 6 p.m. MT.
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Links to get more info on the opponents-

Samford:
Roster
- https://samfordsports.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster
Stats - https://samfordsports.com/sports/womens-basketball/stats/2021-2022?path=wbball
Schedule - https://samfordsports.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule/2021-2022
Their preview article -
Texas Southern:
Roster
- https://tsusports.com/sports/womens-basketball/roster
Stats - https://tsusports.com/sports/womens-basketball/stats/2020-21?path=wbball
Schedule - https://tsusports.com/sports/womens-basketball/schedule/2021-22
Their preview article - Not available as I type this.
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Media links:

Live video (Both games)
- Free live streams available at https://pac-12.com/live/cubuffs .

Live Stats (Both games) - https://admin.cubuffs.com/sidearmstats/wbball/summary

Live audio - In addition to, I'm guessing (???), maybe being available on 630 AM in the Denver/ Boulder area, looks like free audio streams for the games will be available at:
Samford- https://cubuffs.com/watch/?Live=2583&type=Live
Texas Southern - https://cubuffs.com/watch/?Live=2585&type=Live

Games notes -
 

Buffnik

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Take care of business, get some things cleaned up and get a few new wrinkles installed. Win while you learn.
 

AztecBuff

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The Buffs extend a 33-31 lead with around 3 minutes left in the half to a 43-31 halftime lead. Both teams shooting well (both in total and from 3), but the Buffs hold a big, good turnover advantage (17-8) leading to a 19-5 lead in points off turnovers.

 

BuffDog

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Samford couldn't keep up with CU as the game wore on. CU was taller, faster and better shooters. Based upon previous posts I actually paid attention to free throw shooting. Ended up at just under 60% for the night. Looking forward to seeing them play better competition as the season goes on.
 

buffgal

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60% free throw shooting is not good at the collegiate level. Former Buff standout was on the broadcast and said it's a mindset and they have to improve.

It was fun hearing Bridget. She could see plays as they were breaking. I don't think she had ever done commentary before as when the mic was open early in the game Mark Johnson was telling her to butt in with her perspective.

Samford played Iowa earlier in the season and got beat by about the same margin. Any team that makes 30 turnovers is going to have a hard time winning.

CU held their star shooter to something like 5 points when she averages 22.

It's always fun to see the bench players get to play and to get substantial playing time.
 

BuffLuke80

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60% free throw shooting is not good at the collegiate level. Former Buff standout was on the broadcast and said it's a mindset and they have to improve.

It was fun hearing Bridget. She could see plays as they were breaking. I don't think she had ever done commentary before as when the mic was open early in the game Mark Johnson was telling her to butt in with her perspective.

Samford played Iowa earlier in the season and got beat by about the same margin. Any team that makes 30 turnovers is going to have a hard time winning.

CU held their star shooter to something like 5 points when she averages 22.

It's always fun to see the bench players get to play and to get substantial playing time.
Hell, 60% isn't good at any level, unless it's like a little kids league. Find a routine you're comfortable with and work on the ****. It's not exactly rocket science.
 

buffgal

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Last season's free throw percentage was 65%. That doesn't cut it at this level and will hurt them in close games in the Pac 12. Most of the numbers this season are from games played at home before friendly crowds. I know Iowa State is always a good free throw shooting team, whether it's a good season or a bad season. Their goal is 85% from the line. They average between 80 and 85% but that is one of the top free throw shooting teams in the nation.

CU needs to get to at least 75%. Formann seems to be the go to free shooter in close games. Even when she wasn't hitting her 3's against Marquette, she was put in to shoot free throws and she hit them. Those players that are going to be in games at the end need to spend a lot of time over their break shooting free throws.
 

Buffnik

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Fwiw, FT rate (how often you get to the line) is much more important than FT%. That said, 60% is completely unacceptable.
 

GoBuffs!!

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Just keep in mind if you make everything a priority, nothing is a priority. Free throws are clearly not a priority to the team, should they be? Prioritized over what?

That said, free throws are also something that athletes can work on individually, and is highly mental. So although not prioritized during practice, and the coaches cannot require it, some time in the gym to throw shots up should be expected by their teammates.
 

Buffnik

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Just keep in mind if you make everything a priority, nothing is a priority. Free throws are clearly not a priority to the team, should they be? Prioritized over what?

That said, free throws are also something that athletes can work on individually, and is highly mental. So although not prioritized during practice, and the coaches cannot require it, some time in the gym to throw shots up should be expected by their teammates.
That's how Tad turned it around years ago in his program. Just about every post-game interview included a statement about how they don't have practice time to devote to FT shooting and that it's on the players to care enough about performing to put in the time it takes to be great.
 

buffgal

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Competition wasn't very good. Their NET ranking is 331. Loved watching Cynthia Cooper when she played for the Houston Comets.

The game was sometimes quite sloppy. Buffs had too many turnovers for a game like this.

Bridget Turner was much more relaxed as the color analyst. She sees the game from the vantage point of a point guard, which was her position at CU. She was shocked when Mark Johnson told her the Buffs would have today off. She asked why and he told her it's an NCAA rule. She said in her day they never had days off and they were on Ceal Barry Time. There was always some kind of workout or running. She said her team would have been doing suicides over those turnovers and they would have been today.
 
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