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Jasmine Lister

Posted: 11/13/2012 7:33 AM

Jasmine Lister 


If I had to choose an all-time favorite player, my "short list" would be pretty darned long. Choosing just one would be an extremely difficult task, because each one of them is so unique. How do you compare Jenni Benningfield and Jen Risper, Ashley Mac or Ashley Earley?  The list goes on and on.

Jasmine Lister is becoming another one of those legendary players.  Our goose last night would have been thoroughly cooked without her. The team was shaky. After the last game, someone said called the team's performance "ragged", which I think is a good word to apply to last night's game as well.

Lipscomb played what coach called a "sagging man", with two or three players collapsing on the post, daring the 3-point shooters to shoot. After we missed a few, the misses got contagious. But Jas stepped up time after time, making shots, no matter how tense the game became (and it got pretty darned tense).

She ended up playing 38 minutes, something I didn't foresee for this year's team. But with Stephanie out, even though we have guards available, it's possible that her leadership and mental toughness on the court just may be irreplaceable.

I think she's pretty darned amazing.
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Posted: 11/13/2012 11:34 AM

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Ragged for the first game and even more ragged for the second game. We look confused with 8 veteran players and 3 first year who played. Our defense was great for the first part of the first half and not very good until the last 3-4 minutes when Lister took over. Our two "bigs" played a total of 14 minutes with 6 points ?????

Yeah, we will improve and gel as the season goes on, but will be limited with small ball. If the two big girls do not improve, then we better become very quick with great defense and stop these teams with one or two scorers. Dayton on the road will be a good test after our next game.

Jasmine Lister is definitely "irreplaceable" and Christina too.
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Posted: 11/13/2012 2:48 PM

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VUofTN wrote: Ragged for the first game and even more ragged for the second game. We look confused with 8 veteran players and 3 first year who played. Our defense was great for the first part of the first half and not very good until the last 3-4 minutes when Lister took over. Our two "bigs" played a total of 14 minutes with 6 points ?????

Yeah, we will improve and gel as the season goes on, but will be limited with small ball. If the two big girls do not improve, then we better become very quick with great defense and stop these teams with one or two scorers. Dayton on the road will be a good test after our next game.

Jasmine Lister is definitely "irreplaceable" and Christina too.

And Stephanie, too.
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Posted: 11/14/2012 11:37 AM

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Yes, Stephanie too, but I'm still having huge problems adjusting to her being gone...don't even want to think about it!
VandyWhit wrote:
VUofTN wrote: Ragged for the first game and even more ragged for the second game. We look confused with 8 veteran players and 3 first year who played. Our defense was great for the first part of the first half and not very good until the last 3-4 minutes when Lister took over. Our two "bigs" played a total of 14 minutes with 6 points ?????

Yeah, we will improve and gel as the season goes on, but will be limited with small ball. If the two big girls do not improve, then we better become very quick with great defense and stop these teams with one or two scorers. Dayton on the road will be a good test after our next game.

Jasmine Lister is definitely "irreplaceable" and Christina too.

And Stephanie, too.
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Posted: 11/14/2012 1:27 PM

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I know what you mean. But I think the "raggedyness" has a lot to do with Stephanie's absence. Besides just being our #1 big, it's hard to overstate her importance as a team leader. From the first time I met her, I thought "gravity" -- that is, she has such a sense of presence that I thought "That's the kind of person around whom a team can coalesce, the center of gravity."

Going into this season, we were in great shape with great players at the point, the post and the shooter, which Coach Balcomb regards as the backbone of the team, with plenty of good solid parts to work around them. How great, I thought, to have such a strong dominant leader in the post, and another at the point.

With Stephanie out, that backbone is broken. That doesn't mean we're doomed, but it's pretty much a cataclysmic change.

I was thinking last night that I was feeling "glum" about it. Aside from feeling so bad for Stephanie and the coaching staff, it just takes the polish off what had looked liked a very shiny promising season. 

But I think if there's ever a time a team needed our support and encouragement, this is it, so I'm not going to dwell on it and just root like heck for our players to pull together and find their center of gravity in themselves.


VUofTN wrote: Yes, Stephanie too, but I'm still having huge problems adjusting to her being gone...don't even want to think about it!
VandyWhit wrote:
VUofTN wrote: Ragged for the first game and even more ragged for the second game. We look confused with 8 veteran players and 3 first year who played. Our defense was great for the first part of the first half and not very good until the last 3-4 minutes when Lister took over. Our two "bigs" played a total of 14 minutes with 6 points ?????

Yeah, we will improve and gel as the season goes on, but will be limited with small ball. If the two big girls do not improve, then we better become very quick with great defense and stop these teams with one or two scorers. Dayton on the road will be a good test after our next game.

Jasmine Lister is definitely "irreplaceable" and Christina too.

And Stephanie, too.
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