Slowly, more slowly than we'd like, Women's Basketball seems to be coming around. At the very least, they're moving in the opposite direction of the men's team.
For the second straight home game Saturday afternoon, the Bulls held their opponents to under 45 points in a 47-43 win over Northern Illinois. UB was particularly effective in the second half, shooting nearly 50% from the floor, attempting only two threes, and getting to the line 18 times.
Thanks to ESPN3, I was able to rewatch the game despite missing it in real time. Please excuse the resulting delay in this post. That said, knowing the score and the final box beforehand, I'll be paying special attention to three things:
- 3-point shooting (of course). UB was 4-13 today, which is ok in my eyes. You need to keep the defense honest. Even better, thay only attempted two shots from distance in the second half as the offense got rolling.
- Fouls. Looks like it was a relatively clean first half, with only four total free throws, but UB got the line 18 times in the second while sending NIU there just seven times.
- Christa Baccas. Statistically, it looks like a big day for her, with 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks (and 0 fouls!) in 40 minutes. If Baccas can join Kristen Sharkey as an effective option at both ends for a full 40, it allows Alexus Malone and Ayana Bradley to trade off and be more aggressive when they see the floor.