Monday, June 30, 2008

Out & About: Metro Stars White/Nebraska Twisterz

#4 posting 6.30.2008
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this game took place on Friday, June 27, 2008

This was the tightest game of the entire tournament that I charted on either day. And this game meant something. Both teams coming into the contest were both 2-0. Whoever won would play in the Elite 8 and play on the wood floor. The loser would go to the icebox. Metro Stars White had the early advantage at 13-5 as they scored on 7 of their first 10 possessions. That hot start didn’t last for MSW. The Twisterz finished the half with a 14-7 run.

The second half went back and forth with 10 ties, and 8 lead changes. Neither team held a bigger lead than three in the second half. The Twisterz used the free throw line as a good point stream with 13 second half points. The game was tied at 45 with 3:10 left when Laura Bruce was fouled for MSW. She made the second free throw for a one point lead. Natasha Mueller missed on a drive in the next NT possession and Bridget Schuneman rebounded. Jennifer Field went to the line this time and made the first free throw, but missed the second with 2:39 to go. On the next Twisterz possession Stacia Robertson scored on a put back to knot the game up again at 47. Julie Kruse scored what proved to be the game winner on a pass from high school teammate Field. Robertson picked up a charge on the next Twisterz possession with Field taking the hit. On the next two MSW possessions their players missed crucial free throws giving the Twisterz hope. NT had a couple cracks on their second to the last possession, but neither dropped. At the buzzer Karly Buer launched a 3 that did not fall.

You can look at the full photo gallery of the Metro Stars White vs Nebraska Twisterz at

Key: player, school, points, possessions, pp100, floor %
Bridget Schuneman
, Centennial 4, 3, 133.3, .667 post, uses body to create space
Lauren Wittman, Eden Prairie 11, 7, 157.1, .714 left handed perimeter. Scored her points in the first half. Runs the floor.
Julie Kruse, Maple Grove 13, 12, 108.3, .583 post player. Likes to face the basket. needs to be more aggressive on the d boards
Jennifer Field, Maple Grove 4, 5, 80.0, .400 point guard
Karin Gibson, Eden Prairie 0, 1, 0.0, .000 guard, didn’t try a lot of shooting
Jodi Batzel
, Dover-Eyota 3, 7, 42.9, .286 post (4) but can play outside. Has a good frame. Goes to the line, needs to convert.
Carissa Wolyniec 4, 3, 133.3, .667 shooting guard
Kyana Johnson, St. Paul Central 0, 5, 0.0, .000 point guard. All possessions ended in turnovers.
Tess Komarek, Hopkins 0, 3, 0.0, .000 guard
Hanna Iaizzo, White Bear Lake 1, 1, 100.0, 1.0000 post (4)
Laura Bruce, Hopkins 9, 6, 150.0, .833 perimeter. Scrapper. Needs to work on lateral quickness


Stacia Robertson, Grand Island 12, 14, 85.7, .429 post. Knows how to draw fouls. Went to the line six times. Can pass from the post—had four assists.
Karly Buer, Concordia, KS 9, 14, 64.3, .357 point guard
Kate Edwards, Crete 17, 13, 130.8, .615 played more of a 4 on a team full of guards, but natural position would be outside. Can step out and hit 3.
Natasha Mueller, Seward 2, 5, 40.0, .200 guard
Frankie Petersen, Cambridge 0, 0, 0.0, .000 guard
Catie Dahl
, Lincoln East 2, 2, 100.0, .500 guard
Stacia Gebers, Superior 0, 1, 0.0, .000 perimeter
Sara Wood, Superior 5, 4, 125.0, .750 back up post
Jamie Van Kirk, Sutton 0, 0, 0.0, .000 guard

Lauren Wittman
, in a close race

Metro Stars White
49, 54, 90.7, .481
Nebraska Twisterz 47, 53, 88.7, .453
Made 3s/&1s: MSW 3/0; NT 1/0
Ftm/fta-ft%: NT 18/26-.692; MSW 6/14-.429
Bench: MSW 17, NT 7


Lauren Wittman 4
Bridget Schuneman 3
Laura Bruce 3
Jodi Batzel 2
Tess Komarek 2
Hanna Iaizzo 2
Jennifer Field 2
Kyanna Johnson 1
Julie Kruse 1
Totals: 20

Kate Edwards 7
Karly Buer 6
Stacia Robertson 4
Natasha Mueller 2
Sarah Wood 2
Jamie Van Kirk 1
Totals: 22


Jennifer Field 5
Lauren Wittman 3
Jodi Batzel 3
Carissa Wolyniec 2
Kess Komarek 2
Karin Gibson 2
Laura Bruce 2
Bridget Schuneman 1
Julie Kruse 1
Totals: 21

Stacia Robertson 4
Catie Dahl 4
Karly Buer 3
Natasha Mueller 2
Kate Edwards 2
Stacia Gebers 1
Totals: 16

Next up: Metro Stars Black vs Dakota Thunder Elite