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Some thoughts on Women’s Hoops

Mizzou News for Friday, February 25

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Some Thoughts

[Disclaimer: As of 11pm, I still need to finish my softball preview, so I likely won’t include as many social media posts as usual since I’m also devoting time to this writing up top ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ]

So… Mizzou Women’s Hoops played a game last night, a very important game, against the Kentucky Wildcats. As Lauren noted in their preview, the ‘Cats were on a four-game win streak, and were recently announced as one of the “last four out” in Charlie Creme’s newest Bracketology post for ESPN. This made the game even more important for UK, as it could go a long way in determining their NCAA future, while also serving as a very necessary win for the Tigers to avoid having not wait with bated breath on Selection Monday.

Problem is, Missouri put themselves at a loss before the game even started, because they had to play without leading scorer/rebounder Aijha Blackwell, top post-ish player, LaDazhia Williams, big bench contributor Kiya Dorroh, and Skylah Travis. That, my friends, is not a recipe for winning needed basketball games against good teams. Because yes, Kentucky is a pretty good team, despite what their record may indicate without further inspection — again, read Lauren’s preview — and especially considering they are led by one of the SEC’s best players and a future WNBA draft pick, Rhyne Howard.

“Did not meet standards of the program.”

What does that mean, exactly? Well, we aren’t sure. All we know is that each of these four players were on the bench in street clothes for the duration of the game, and at one point, the cameras caught AD Desiree Reed-Francois talking with AB. We also have gathered, from Max Baker’s postgame comments on the Twitter, this:

So who’s to blame for this Tigers’ loss?

I’m not blaming the players on the court, that’s for damn sure. From what I saw of the game (i.e. the second half), they did as much as they could and undoubtedly put extra pressure on themselves to perform because of their missing teammates. So no, I’m not blaming them for this, even if they were the ones on the court. [FYI: Lauren will get into game specifics in the takeaways this afternoon]

Is Coach P to blame? Should she have just said, “To hell with team standards!” and allowed the players to compete? Some may think so. I had this exchange on Twitter…

Are the players who had to sit out to blame? Whatever they were doing, why did they do it and put their team in jeopardy? I realize they are just college kids, but at some point, you have to be held accountable for your actions, right?

Again, we DO NOT know what all happened that led to this decision, but from my point of view (and Lauren’s, for that matter) you can be sure that Coach P thought long and hard about its implications before handing down the suspensions (that may or may not still be in effect on Sunday).

After the game, I perused Twitter for a bit, had the convo screen-shot above, and came across this from PM (presumably, Gabe).

This was similar to my initial thought when I heard the news that those four would be out. That if this impacts the Tigers’ NCAA future, I’m going to be soooooooo pissed. But again, who are we to be angry with, exactly? I just can’t blame Coach P for this, and I don’t know what PM is thinking about behind this tweet. Personally, I’m going to give Pingeton the benefit of the doubt here.

So, what say you, commenters? We know there are MANY teams in the NCAA who run into issues like these all.the.time, and as you go up higher in stature, it gets even worse. There are undoubtedly programs that allow their players to get away with literally everything [paging Art Briles, who found his way into the Thursday news cycle, ewww], but also coaches who choose to lead their players to be better humans and learn from mistakes, instead of excusing them.

Let me know below.


Also, I start my new job early in the week, so when you hear from me next Links day, I’ll be a “Project Support Coordinator”… ooooh. I can’t wait, y’all. Since it’s officially official now, I made some social media posts about it, and man… it felt good to publicly state it, because I have been through it and I’m just glad to be in the light again.

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Mizzou in the Pros

  • Quin Snyder and Jordan Clarkson’s Utah Jazz will be back in action tonight to take on Mavs at 8pm for their first game post-All Star break.
  • Tilly and the Magic were back in action on Thursday, taking on the G-Leaugue Nets. In Jeremiah’s 12 minutes of play — he fouled out, sadly — he had 12 points on 6-8 shooting, 3 REB, 1 TO, and all those pesky fouls. He was -1 on the night. Quite a shame he had foul trouble, as he was having a great night.
  • The KC Star’s Pete Grathoff wrote about Blaine Gabbert, the former Mizzou quarterback who could be picked as the Buccaneers’ replacement for Tom Brady.

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