Sunday, November 30, 2014

Improved on Day Two

Stanford looked much better on the second day of the Hawaii tournament than in its demoralizing loss on the first day, while North Carolina continued to look strong and diversified. The weather continued to be what you expect in Honolulu, namely close to perfect.

The Tar Heels thrashed Prairie View A&M in the first game today 81-45, dominating the Lady Panthers from the opening tip. North Carolina started with a 10-0 lead. Prairie View shot only 19.6% from the field and had 4 assists to 23 turnovers. The Panthers came closest to holding their own in rebounding where they were down only 42-40.

North Carolina only made half as many 3-point shots as against Stanford--6 of 22.

In the second game, Hawaii made a real game of it, leading for much of the first half and outscoring Stanford by a point in the second half. Karlie started in place of Taylor Greenfield, but Taylor was first off the bench to replace Karlie when she incurred the first Stanford foul.

Brittany had an early opportunity to play, but only lasted one minute after a quick foul and turnover and did not return.

Several Cardinal players did better than they have been doing, including Taylor, Erica McCall, Bonnie and Kaylee. Amber looked inspired and was back to doing everything well. Lili had started slowly against the Heels, but was playing at high effectiveness for this entire game. Erica M and Kaylee rebounded as expected, but this time added scoring, although Kaylee was limited by fouls.

Early in the game Hawaii was up 4-12 and 6-14. Stanford did not take the lead until the 8-minute mark. At the half it was Stanford 48, Hawaii 34. The Rainbows did not get closer than 9 points in the second half. The final score was 86-73.

Lili racked up the best statistics. In addition to 26 points she grabbed 4 rebounds, made 6 of 7 3s, 4 of 4 free throws, had 5 assists to 3 turnovers and had a steal and a block in 36 minutes. As usual, she was always on the move.

Amber also had stellar stats with her 19 points, 2 rebounds, 2 of 4 3s, 3 of 5 free throws, 8 assists to 2 turnovers and 2 steals, also in 36 minutes.

Erica McCall had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 5 of 8 shooting and 1 of 2 free throws in 33 minutes.

Kaylee scored 10 points, had 8 rebounds, 5 of 5 shooting and 2 blocks in 21 minutes.

Bonnie made 8 points on 2 of 3 3s and 2 of 2 free throws and had one rebound in 14 minutes.

Karlie had 6 points on 2 of 2 3s and got 4 rebounds in 21 minutes.

Taylor only scored 2 points and had 3 rebounds and a steal, but she looked more effective than this suggests.

The team made 12 of 18 3-pointers for an outstanding rate of 66.7%, its best showing of the season in this category. Free throw shooting was also fine with 12 made in 15 attempts for 80%.

Stanford outrebounded Hawaii only 34 to 32. The Cardinal had 16 assists to 15 turnovers. Hawaii’s assists to turnovers were 10/7. The Rainbow shot 3-pointers at a rate of 27.8% and free throws at 83.9%.

Official attendance was 2,589, but there were never that many people in the arena at one time, or cumulatively. For the first game there were not more than 100 seats filled, while the Stanford-Hawaii game had about a thousand on-lookers. Because almost all attendees were Hawaii fans they generated lots of noise in support of the Rainbow Wahine and against the Cardinal, but nowhere near as loud as in The Pit earlier this week.

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