Thursday, July 10, 2008

Top 100 Showcase Out & About: #4--Championship

#4 posting 7.10.2008
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St. Cloud

UConn won the Top 100 Expo Showcase in St. Cloud with a 83-67 victory over Stanford (all Stillwater players). UConn won each and every game they played in the three day Top 100 Expo Showcase. UConn trailed early 8-2, but they were ahead at the end of the first quarter 19-14. Taylor Stippel had 35 points for Stanford in the loss. UConn had six players with 10 or more points and the two that didn't hit double digits had six points each.

Stanford led early 8-2, but that was short lived. UConn took their first lead at 11-10 on a three my Megan Larson. That started three 3 point plays as UConn started to put distance between themselves 17-10. UConn led 19-14 at the first quarter. Stippel had 12 of the first 14 Stanford points.

UConn used 12 free throws in the second quarter to extend their lead out to 42-33. In the third quarter the UConn defense only permitted one other Stanford player other than Stippel to score. There was an explosion of scoring in the fourth quarter with a combined 48 points. Both teams had 24 each in that quarter.

You can see the entire photo gallery of the Top 100 Expo Showcase championship game plus the group all star photos at

Here is the Top 100 Expo Showcase All Star team
Taylor Stippel, Stanford (Stillwater) MVP
Amanda Johnson, UConn (Ashby)
Alison Gray, UConn (St. Cloud Apollo)
Ashley Kruse, UConn (Jackson County Central)
Hillary Peterson, Tennessee (Moose Lake-Willow River)
Melissa Opatz, LSU (Annandale)
Megan Strese, LSU (Brandon-Evansville)
Kelsey Erickson, North Carolina (Mora)
Karlee Ilgen, North Carolina (Buffalo Lake-Hector)
Melissa Kassube, Maryland (Eagle Valley)

key: player, school, points, possessions, pp100, floor %

Ashley Kruse, Jackson County Central 12, 9, 133.3, .667 physically active post. went to the line six times.
Courtney Lynch, St. Cloud Apollo 10, 8, 125.0, .500 guard. has 3 range.
Amanda Johnson, Ashby 17, 14, 121.4, .643 relentless, persistent, inside player. not afraid to battle bigger players. the cliche "plays hard" is too mild a description.
Jade Pelzl, Rushford-Peterson 12, 9, 133.3, .556 3 point shooter.
Alison Gray, St. Cloud Apollo 6, 11, 54.5, .273 wing player.
Megan Larson, Bemidji 10, 7, 142.9, .571 another 3 point shooter. bigger size than the others.
Danielle Mangen, Osseo 10, 6, 166.7, .667 yet another 3 point bomber. gets the ball down the court quickly.
Kyanna Jones, Osseo 6, 6, 100.0, .500 a harrasser on defense. guard.

all the players are from Stillwater
Taylor Stippel 35, 25, 140.0, .720 post player that kept Stanford afloat. had a string of seven straight scores. quickly gets down the court. is developing some ball handling moves (hesitation, behind the back). crashes the offensive boards and jumps. went to the line six times.
Kristin Sahr 11, 8, 137.5, .625 perimeter shooter
Whitney Novak 0, 7, 0.0, .000 point guard
Alex Fossel 7, 9, 77.8, .333 perimeter. can step out and shoot 3
Amber Meyer 5, 3, 166.7, .667 perimeter player
Abbie Geraci 7, 12, 58.3, .250 back up point guard. needs to work against pressure defense.
Kelly McGarry 0, 2, 0.0, .000 guard
Kyli Van Klei 2, 5, 40.0, .200 taller player. is a tweener. can play on the outside. does have range.

Taylor Stippel. a rare time when the winning team doesn't provide the trench player

UConn 83, 70, 118.6, .543
Stanford 67, 71, 94.4, .451
made 3s/&1s: UConn 7/2; Stanford 4/0
ftm/fta-ft%: UConn 22/24-.917; Stanford 19/24-.792
bench: UConn 26, Stanford 9

Ashley Kruse 6
Megan Larson 5
Alison Gray 5
Courtney Lynch 4
Amanda Johnson 4
Jade Pelzl 3
Kyanna Jones 3
Danielle Mangen 1
totals: 31

Alex Fossel 7
Taylor Stippel 6.5
Amber Meyer 4
Kristin Sahr 3
Abbie Geraci 2.5
Whitney Novak 2
Kelly McGarry 1
totals: 26

Courtney Lynch 7
Megan Larson 6
Ashley Kruse 4
Alison Gray 4
Kyanna Jones 4
Jade Pelzl 3
totals: 28

Alex Fossel 5
Amber Meyer 5
Whitney Novak 4
Taylor Stippel 3
Abbie Geraci 2
Kyli Van Klei 1
totals: 20

Next up: I will be back filling a lot of games from the last three days. Next new posting will be tomorrow morning