I just spent three days driving from PA to FL with the wife and a dog and a cat. So I haven't had time to prepare a new topic for tonight's game. I thought I would revive this thread for tonight. As I have said for the last few games, I don't know what to expect from the ladies. I do know I am tired of losing games we should win. Maybe tonight is the night they get it all together.
This is a regional sports network game. So it may not be available on the ACC Network.
The Lady Hokies(6-0) play Notre Dame(2-3) at 6PM on Dec 17 at Notre Dame. The game is on ACCN. The Irish have beaten Miami, OH (88-68) and IUPUI (65-58) at home and lost at Ohio (85-86), vs Michigan (66-76) and vs Georgia Tech (67-82). They shoot 47.3% from the field and 35.4% from 3. They have been out rebounded by their opposition by 1.4 rpg. They have a 1.1 turnover to assist ratio. Their two big players have been frequent foulers: Westbeld 3+ fouls per game; Vaugn 4 fouls in the only game she has played. Ga Tech was her first game this season.
The Hokies will have a height advantage; but Westbeld at 6'3 is a big body underneath who is very active. Vaughn will probably get better as she gets back into the flow of the game. Those two will match up well against Kitley and Jones. The play under the basket should be very interesting; but I think Tech has an advantage.
An interesting note for this game is that Dara Mabrey who started for the Hokies last year is the starting point guard for the Irish this year.
Maddy Westbeld, 6;3: freshman forward has started every game(28 min/game) and is leading the team in scoring(18 ppg, 52.2% and 46.7% from 3) and rebounds(7.2 rpg). She also leads the team in personal fouls (3.4 per game) and fouled out of the first game against Ohio.
Anay Peoples, 5'10" sophomore guard has also started every game. 30 min/gam. Second leading scorer(12.6 ppg,48.2% no attempts from 3) and second in rebounds (5.85 rpg). Also leads the team in turnovers(3 per game). Fouled out of the first game.
Destinee Walker, 5'10"Graduate guard transfer from UNC. 27 min/game. Fourth in scoring(11.4 ppg, 51.5%, 30% from 3).
Dara Mabrey, 5.7" junior guard transfer from Virginia Tech. Playing 31 min/game. Third in scoring (11.58 ppg, 44.7%, 41.4% from 3). Leads the team in assists (3 per game); but is second in turnovers (2.6 per game)
Mikayla Vaughn 6'3" Senior Center. Probably a little rusty as Ga Tech was her first game this year. Missed the end of last season with a torn ACL. Started and played 25 minutes. Only shot 2 of 9 with no 3's; but looked like she has some moves. With another week of practice, expect her to score better against the Hokies. Last year she averaged 10.6 ppg and 7.0 rpg before her injury.
Abby Prohaska 5'10" Junior guard started the first 4 games of the season and is playing 22 min per game. Scoring 4 ppg on 37.5% with 0 for 3 from 3 point.
Sam Brunelle, 6'2" sophomore forward playing 19 min/game. Scoring 8 ppg shooting 50% and 40% from 3. Also pulls down 4.7 rpg.
Katlyn Gilbert, 5'10" junior guard playing 28 min/game. Scoring 6.7 ppg on 43.8% and has made her only 3 pt attempt this season.
Three freshman: Alli Campbell, 6'1" guard, Alasia Hayes, 5.7" guard and Amirah Abdur-Rahim 6'3" forward played in the first 4 games; but played few or no minutes against Ga Tech.
Below are early season stats:
Notre Dame has the size to match up against Kitley and Jones and Westbeld is a very good freshman, whose style is very similar to Kitley's. She does seem to be a little stronger than Kitley and has a bigger body.
Notre Dame plays primarily zone defense and is very susceptible to the kick out for an open three; the GA Tech score could have been much worse if Sarah Bates does not miss several open shots. Mabrey and Westbeld kept the Irish in the game shooting 75% from 3. The Irish do like to double the ball down low; Kitley and Jones should have several opportunities to find an open shooter. King, Sheppard or Amoore could have a big night against the Irish if they shoot well. Notre Dame does extend their zone to the three-quarter court. GA Tech was able to score some easy baskets by beating the press.
I think the Hokies have too many weapons for the Irish. Their strength inside and the outside shooting of King, Sheppard and Amoore will be more than the Irish can handle. Kitley may be able to get back on the double-double list again.
By the way, I changed the way I presented the tables this week. Let me know if this is an improvement.