Every year is different in and of itself. At a highly competitive level, a Division I level or in pro sports, the difference between winning and losing is so minute. We won a bunch of close games last year. Things aligned.
By the time we got aggressive, it was too late. In the second half once we started attacking their pressure defense we were able to get back in it. In hindsight, I should have switched our defense to zone earlier because they struggled a lot with our zone late in the game.
We've certainly known that they can play, it's just a matter of being able to get different people playing time. It takes a while to feel comfortable in games, and I think they're in the flow right now.
It's the cliche of tournament time, but it's survive and advance. We were a little flat and when that happens somebody else has to step up and make shots. Amanda certainly did that today.
We have Canadians on our hockey team, obviously, but we also have a good number of Canadians in our general student population. It feels good for them, I think, to have that. And we're close to home for them so their families can see them play.
The ride that we've had with this group has been unbelievable. I've had two of my favorite years of coaching because of them. The time, score or situation doesn't matter to them. They just keep playing and playing and playing. That's why they've changed the face of Canisius women's basketball.