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Out of sight; on my mind.
February 17, 2012 - Michael Bleach
What, you thought the lack of televised games would stop me from having a few thoughts on the pair of Tech losses at Ashland?
This effort is purely speculative based on what I read in the box scores and gleaned from the radio.
All of today’s thoughts come in the form of non-binding resolutions.
1. Despite losing 63-62 to No. 5 Ashland, women’s coach Kim Cameron called the effort the “best of the year” in a post-game radio interview.
And she is probably right.
The Huskies led 62-61 with 1:24 remaining in the contest and had a Sam Hoyt jump shot — where Cameron said she called a four-low set to give Hoyt room to go one-on-one — fall just short of a victory. A shot from your best offensive player to win it at the end is pretty much all you can ask for on the road against a top-five one-loss team.
Now the question is, where did the “best effort of the year” come from?
If it is simply a talented team getting up to play an even more talented team, then it is nothing special. Anyone can do that.
If Tech truly raised its game a level as the competition jumped up, however, than this loss would be the turning point to look at if the Huskies make any kind of postseason run.
How Tech plays at Lake Erie Saturday should be telling. If Tech truly has raised their game, an old-fashioned butt kicking might be in order. If the Huskies just got up for the Eagles, however, an old-fashioned let down might be up next.
2. Hoyt finished with a career high 33 points (11-of-22 shooting) in the loss.
And a tip of the hat to my editor Brandon Veale, for nailing down the 5-foot-4 guard’s nickname:
The Husky Badger.
Because Sam Hoyt doesn’t give a ... umm ...
Let’s just say Sam Hoyt shoots when she wants.
3. While hardly pleased with the loss, I expect Cameron can live with her team’s result long-term.
I very much doubt men’s coach Kevin Luke will have the same attitude for his squad’s 73-59 defeat.
I didn’t get a chance to listen to the mens game on radio as I was in Calumet covering a girls basketball game and thus have much less of a feel for how the contest played out.
Eagles forward Evan Yates finished the game with 20 points and 12 boards, while Ali Haidar put up 18 points and 11 boards for Tech.
Luke told me on Tuesday after practice that he would “definitely” trade Haidar and Yates canceling each other out.
The Huskies got 15 points from the other four starters, whereas the Eagles got 44 points.
Most notably, the four Tech starters sans-Haidar only attempted one free throw attempt combined and the Eagles four minus-Yates sank 9-of-10.
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