James Daniel "Jim" Bolla, Jr.is an American basketball coach who was most recently the head women's basketball coach at the University of Hawaiʻi...
We stood and waited too much instead of stepping toward the ball. We did not shoot well although we got some good looks.
When we attacked their pressure we were fine. But 75 percent of the game, we let their press bother us. When we played around with their press, we got into our scoring area with 10 or 12 seconds left (on the 30-second shot clock) and we had to rush a shot.
When we get the ball, we're not as efficient because we're tired and often take the first shot. We're playing into our opponents' hands.
We did not dwell on it. We're 80 percent in practice. I think last Saturday was just one of those games.
We didn't want to dig our hole any deeper. We don't want to be eight or nine and have to play in the play-in game for the tournament. The only way we're going to avoid that is to get some wins.
We need to make adjustments, and people need to pick up the slack. Tonight, we didn't get that done. We were just completely overwhelmed.
(Losing on senior night) last year was kind of a bummer. But as least we got a win tonight and we've got a lot of people out there supporting them.
She got some really good passes. When we have her isolated, we have to be able to get the ball to her and we had some people give her some nice passes to put her in position to get some nice scores.
She gives us a little different dimension, because we can play her in the post area and we can play her on the wing area.
She does other things, rebounds and she played really good D.
McGuire got hot. She likes to play against us, and scores a bunch of points playing us.
One of our goals was to keep them off the glass. Early in the game, they were getting some second chances and our key was to put a body on them, get the rebound, and get the ball down the court.
No one got hurt. They got to run up and down the floor and have some fun. The players enjoyed getting dressed up with the costumes. It was a good way to kick off practice and then get serious on what we need to do.
Give a lot of credit to Boise State. They played extremely well, very tough, never gave up.
Fresno is No. 1 in our conference. Let's go up there and see if we can play well and keep our road streak going.
We talked about this being the team that beat us in the tournament at practice yesterday. Hopefully we got that bad game out of our system for the year in the second Kent State game.
I think we've got something to prove to ourselves. That wasn't our team out there. We're playing a little better now.
I think these last two games we've played more as a team than we had been doing. We really did a good job of executing, and I'm very happy with the way they're playing right now.
Pam rebounds for us, and I think with this adjustment we're putting her in a better position to score because she can step out beyond the arc. It gives her more flexibility.
Our priorities for our program are your family comes first, school comes second and basketball's after that somewhere. This is a situation where she just needed to be back home for a little while and we did that.
I think our zone slowed them down, and allowed us to calm down. It gave our offense a little confidence because we were getting defensive stops. When we get stops, we get excited on offense.
We'll address it. Once we get it resolved, it will be over with just like any of our other issues, and we'll move forward.
We can't control anything like that. A lot is going to depend on what happens with our RPI number and what happens with other teams.
We are tied for third. But they have the advantage if there's a tie breaker because they beat Fresno.
We wanted to go to a smaller, quicker lineup to play man-to-man on defense and that got us back in the game.
We've been executing really well (the last five games). So hopefully we're getting things turned around at the right time. Like I told the kids, we're trying to peak for the tournament now.
We gift wrapped this game and they dropped it. We can't afford to play like this (tomorrow) or we'll lose by 40.
We had considerable consideration, but we didn't get in.
Those were two big issues. We weren't in the right spots at the right time and that helped their defense. We need to use both sides of the floor and hopefully take advantage of a defensive lapse. This has happened before. We'll keep working on it.
We want to attack the press with the idea of scoring, not just breaking it.
We've been down before at the half, so it wasn't a big deal to us. Five of our last six games we've had a chance to win and didn't have the desire to pull it out. We were a bunch of individuals, but tonight we came together and were able to pull out a win.
The good news is, someone is going to win.
We seem to play pretty decent on the road, so even though it's going to be a tough road swing, we're looking forward to it.
We need to start getting more physical with people. In both games, we had a significant size advantage on them, and our inside people couldn't take advantage of that.
We've had that zone in for only four days. We wanted to stay in the zone and not get into a one-on-one situation with them.
We've never made (playing on the road) a big deal, so it's never become an issue with the kids. There's no discussion about where we're playing. It's just a road game and we just go to practice and get ready to play.
We finished the game. We hadn't finished the game the past four.
You hate to do this as a coach. But I felt it was absolutely necessary.
We felt they didn't shoot the ball well from the outside.
We got outplayed again. They killed us on the boards. At one point during the second half, they had 20 more rebounds than us. We couldn't even block-out on a free throw.
We are still trying to get the players to understand that they are not executing our offense the way we want. Because we still have a chance to win at the end, it is hard for them to understand this, but we are not there yet.
Everybody is 0-0 going into this tournament. It's a one-game series now. This loss is not the end of the world. We did some things OK. We have some things that we need to work on, but that was a very good team. They are deservingly the WAC champions.
Early on we had no-help defense, in part because of their quickness and in part because of us not being in position. We did a much better job in the second half.
There's some things she still needs to do, but for all intents and purposes it's been resolved.
There will come a time where we use too much energy coming back and we won't be able to finish.
It was an ugly game. I wasn't happy with our performance in the first half, but it wasn't unexpected. Whenever this team has a layoff, we just don't play well early.
These were big wins for us, but now we've got to come home and keep it going against a very good Fresno team.
Right now we're in position where we can make a significant move in the standings. So we just need to take care of our business, take care of the games we can control.
Officially, all we're saying is she's suspended right now. It's day-to-day, and hopefully when we get to Reno, we can get some things resolved one way or the other.
The old adage, you win them all at home and steal a couple on the road; we've got to win a couple at home. We're kind of upside-down at home.
Any win on the road is a good win. And having your first conference game on the road is a good test.
The Bulldogs are probably the most athletic team in the conference. If they keep playing the way they did today, no one will touch them. They are way ahead of Louisiana Tech the way they are playing now.
You see the first five playing ... but the reason they're playing is the people in practice are pushing them hard. A lot of times it gets overlooked because all people see are points and rebounds on the stat sheet or in the newspaper. The practice players make us good.
This is a perfect example of what we've been trying to preach to them all year about rebounding being a key and making free throws being a key.
This is something that's just standard for us. It's not a big deal.
This isn't ever going to happen to us again.
This could be a trap game for us. We've already beaten them, and if we let our kids think that way, they could very easily beat us.
This had the chance to be a trap game for us. I told the girls at halftime they needed to attack the glass, and we also switched to a man-to-man defense that was key as well.
They're very talented. They basically took us apart when we played them up at their place. They completely took us out of our game in the first 5 minutes of the game up there. We just can't let that happen again, especially at home.
A lot of our shots weren't even close (in the second half) ? we had a couple of air balls. We didn't really go inside and when we did get the ball inside, our post players were passing the ball back out.
A lot of that has to do with executing. We haven't at the end and the teams we've played executed at the end.
They didn't pick us. I don't know if they gave any justification.
This is where is counts. If we are not ready to play, then Nevada (3-8) can beat us.
They really set the tone right in the first couple of plays.
They're kind of gearing up and they want to continue their string of going to the NCAA tournament. We'll just go play. Throw it up and see what happens.
It's a decision you don't want to have to make, but ... for the best interest of everybody involved it was probably the best decision.
It's a quick turnaround for us playing on Wednesday (against Idaho). It's not the best situation, but fortunately Monday is a holiday, so we'll have time to rest up and get ready.
It's going to be an important game for us. I think if we can get the win on Saturday we'll still probably be tied and I think it will come down to our last two games for both teams.
It's up to her now to hopefully finish this thing out and get back on track. And it's up to us now to make the adjustment team-wise.
The big thing with her is conditioning. I had her running with the first group. I don't see any problems.
It's a new season. We've got a good opportunity in front of us. But we came last year as a higher seed and we ended up getting beat. We don't want to have that be repeated again so we have to get back on track.
They were a completely different team than when they came to see us. It's hard to adjust because we played them in the second conference game and then in the last. We couldn't get any continuity with how much better they were.
The second half, something just wasn't right. We just weren't in sync. We weren't blocking out (for rebounds) and we couldn't get a shot to drop for us.
Against teams that are going to come in and try to be real physical with us, she's going to get in there and bang around and play.
The last 3 or 4 minutes we played good D, got a couple of steals and a couple of blocks that gave us breathing room.
I'm getting questions from people all over the place on that. I would hope so. I think this team deserves it. I think we've got some quality wins over some good teams.
I'm disappointed that it came to this kind of situation. We have addressed the issue and resolved it. The players have taken responsibility for their actions and hopefully the team will be ready to move forward.
I can't describe this game. I have no idea what was going on out there. There were times where we should have just handed them the ball, but it is a win for us.
The kids did a great job. Two conference road wins, I couldn't be more proud of how they played the last two games.
Amy didn't shoot the ball well, but she does other things.
The last four minutes, we buckled down and played really good (man-to-man) defense, and we got some key buckets. A year ago we probably wouldn't have finished this game. Now we're finishing games.