There were some great games this week. Game 1 was an overtime thriller. Game 2 was close until the last 7 minutes of the game. Game 3 was close til the very end.
I enjoy the league platform because it gives players the opportunity to make adjustments and get more comfortable from week to week. It also gives them the chance to take their game up a level.
Last week, Notre Dame's Julia Nicholson quietly put up a 4 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks effort. This week, she showed her inside-outside game while accumulating 8 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block, and 1steal.
If I was giving out a Miss Consistent award for the league, Tennessee's Kyra Pyor would be leading in the category thus far. She always seem to be at the right place, at the right time in the game to get buckets. Last week, she had 8 point and 3 rebounds. This week, 7 points and 2 rebounds.
Memphis' Brianna Cooks and Kynadi Kuykendoll can be a handful. They are tough. They are aggressive. They are fast. They don't quit. And now they have a sidekick. Stanford's Zipporah Davis will be joining Brianna and Kynadi on Snowden's team this season and she is just as tough, aggressive, fast and doesn't quit. This week, she had two episodes of running into Memphis' Morgan Walton and being laid out on the floor. She just jumped back up and kept playing.
Maryland's Jasmine Rhodes is a league veteran. Over the years, she has made the transition from the post to the perimeter. The transition wasn't always pretty. In the early stages, Jasmine played out of control and unclear of her offensive role. I'm happy she didn't give up. She is more under control. She is automatic from the free throw line. And her biggest asset is her defense. At 5'8, she has a mature body build and a motor that does not quit. She has the ability and agility to give ball handlers, penetrators and top scorers major problems.