Spot on. Braun was very good from 3 last year, but horrendous from 2. Upping her 2–point efficiency would really help. She was also great at the FT line.. . . I'd like to see Braun make more plays inside in space. Think of Van Lith's cut back to the left money move. Last season either there didn't seem to be openings inside for Braun or the drive just wasn't her paycheck. She is so good at the perimeter. . . .
From what you guys are saying Braun has improved because in 3 on 3 she drives and cuts often.
Or the Gopher offense didn't encourage it last year?
I didn't see her in any of the game clips. There are clips of most every player doing something nice. Could have easily missed her...some numbers are random and the numbers on the front are two inches big on the shoulder.Has Nia Holloway been playing at all, or is she not ready yet?
I like what I read about Coach P. She is a solid coach who will emphasize team ball and defense.After a few games into last season, teams schemed to shut her down. Shut down Braun and win. I remember being at a game and watching her move around trying to shake players glued to her. At the Iowa game in Iowa she came out of the game in the late 4th because it was hopeless and Iowa was comfortably ahead. So part of it was the focused competition she was facing in the Big Ten as a freshman.
I also wouldn't say she played with "glide" feet. Few players can do that. Braun is not a short point guard hopping around. That wasn't Braun's style. She's a good size shooting guard.
But if you could get a player glued to you moving in one direction before stopping and cutting back, creating an open look... I mentioned the HVL cut back left money move as an example.
All I was saying was that Braun is great but I'd like to see her movement in space for 2's a bit better -- and maybe a perimeter offense helping to create looks and moving the ball around will help too.
Braun did make nice moves in the 3 on 3 games. Great work! Thanks for pointing that out. Not sure how well that can be replicated against 5 on 5 in the Big Ten.
No complaints about Braun, to be clear. She's a dynamite player who can take over games. As BigTenGuy pointed out, Braun was strong except the 2-point stats don't lie.
Update: We will see what happens under Coach's P's watch.
Just saying, a foreign tour = going global.The Gophers women’s basketball team will be headed to Croatia and Greece in August for a foreign tour.mndaily.com
Sorry that I'm about 2 weeks late to this particular offshoot to the thread. Maybe I'm different than everybody else, but I feel weird calling somebody by their nickname when I don't know them personally. Even if they might be my favorite player from my favorite team, it feels a little presumptuous. I feel that's something reserved for their friends and family.