Mar 29, 2017
And then there were four!
As UConn, South Carolina, Stanford, and Mississippi State gather in Dallas, we are nearing the end of the road for the 2016-17 women's college basketball season.
This week on Dishin & Swishin we will have multiple podcasts breaking down and discussing the Final Four, and we hope you enjoy listening to all of them!
First up, who better than the coach that saw three of the four teams first hand? It is a pleasure to welcome back Oregon's Kelly Graves, fresh off his Ducks' incredible postseason success. Graves was nice enough to talk to us on his way to some well earned family vacation time.
Oregon faced Mississippi State first, in Hawaii at a Thanksgiving tournament. Vic Schaefer's Bulldogs looked different than they do now. In that game, center Teaira McCowan only played 15 minutes off the bench, and sharp shooting Blair Schaefer only nine minutes. Both are integral parts of the rotation now. Still, the stifling defense was the same, as they held Oregon to 63 points in a 75-63 victory.
UConn eliminated Oregon in the Elite Eight this past Monday night, and Graves saw first hand what makes the Huskies such a formidable opponent. On the podcast he discusses what impressed him the most, and what seeing UConn in person versus watching film is really like.
Stanford had the Ducks' number this year; they played three times, and Stanford swept the series, including eliminating Oregon in the Pac 12 tournament. Having played them three times, Graves is able to discuss what makes the Cardinal so difficult to play against, the different roles each player takes, and of course, the magnificent coaching of Tara VanDerveer.
Oregon did not play South Carolina this year, but Graves knows first hand about losing a quality player to injury late in the season and having to adjust. He talks about the differences in the way South Carolina plays, and what they will need to do to beat Stanford and advance to the national championship game.
Thank you to Kelly Graves for taking time to be apart of her coverage this season, and especially talking from the airport this morning about the Final Four. We know the Ducks, as Geno Auriemma said in his press conference will be in the Final Four themselves sooner than later.
Enjoy the podcast!