Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Guest Contributor Ray Floriani: Manhattan at St. Peters, WBB

by Ray Floriani
JERSEY CITY, NJ - For most of the contest the St. Peter's women were right there. In the stretch Manhattan was able to build its narrow lead, pull away and defeat St. Peter's 58-44 at Yanitelli Center on Monday.

Efficiency numbers:

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St. Peter's came into the game with a 71 possession pace while Manhattan was in the sixties (65 per). Advantage Lady Jaspers for dictating their tempo and game pace. St. Peter's tried to extend the defense to three quarter court on a few occasions. Manhattan, would not rush things and after getting over half court ran their regular offense.

The Four Factors:

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Officials (l to R) Carmen Portorreal, Kathy Lynch and Kevin Sparrock
confer during a time out.

Neither team really lit it up from the floor. But in a game of this type, a one or two possession with four ties and seven lead changes, burning your possessions on turnovers is inexcusable. St. Peter's was guilty of 23 turnovers. In a slower 60 possession game as this, it meant almost 4 of every 10 possessions was wasted. Again, inexcusable in a close game, or any game.

Jynae Judson had a solid outing for St. Peter's. The 5-9 junior scored 10 points and had a game high 10 rebounds. On the negative side, Judson led the way with 7 turnovers.

For a good part of the second half it was a stretch Manhattan was able to finish a few inside while St. Peter's still could not find the mark. In the last two minutes St. peter's coach Stephanie DeWolfe ordered her team to foul. The Lady Jaspers (21 of 25 for the game) were successful from the charity stripe and closed out the contest.

Manhattan coach John Olenowski directed a prep power at Morris Catholic (NJ) High School. Olenowski's teams were known for a very disruptive and active 1-3-1 half court defense. At Manhattan Olenowski has employed the 'signature' 1-3-1 and occasionally falls back into a matchup zone to keep the opposition out of synch. As the numbers bear out, the Lady Jasper defense was not only effective in field goal defense but getting in the passing lanes, getting deflections and causing turnovers.

St. Peter's falls to 1-14 (1-3 in the MAAC). Manhattan improves to 10-5 (3-1 in the MAAC). Jessica Coles paced St. Peter's with 16 points. A 6-fot senior forward Coles operated inside and out to fifteen foot range. Abby Wentworth (21 points) and Lindsey Loutsenhizer (19) led the way for Manhattan.

Late game action at Yanitelli Center

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