Shantay Legans Diary
Feb. 12, 2001
BERKELEY - We're back from Oregon with a sweep! While we beat both schools, we weren't playing our best team basketball. You can look at it in different ways, we re lucky and we are learning how to win. I think it has more to do with good coaching than luck. Coach Braun knows when to adjust and when to go to Lampley and when the other guys just have to step up. It shows in the two different games over the weekend.
Oregon State was a game in which no one stepped up to help Lampley. He totally dominated the game and is showing what a big-time baller he is. Even with the injury he got in the first half, there was no quit in him. For whatever reason, for most of the game no one else could execute like the coaches wanted. Solomon, with his two huge blocks and his put back at the end of the game, was key. Without those plays and Lampley, we would have lost. We all had our moments, but weren't as consistent or aggressive as we needed to be. A.J. and Morgan put in some good minutes and helped us, especially on the defensive end, but it's been hard adjusting to the loss of Dennis. He's really important to team play and energy. The only good things I can say about the Oregon State game are that a win is a win and Lampley can play at the next level.
The first half of the Oregon was just ugly. We had five made baskets in the whole half! My layup, three baskets by Lampley and the big three by Ryan at the buzzer. The only reason we were still in the game at half was Nick and Lampley at the free throw line. Ryan's three at the buzzer was key to bring us within four at halftime. ALL the coaches got on us during the break. They let us know that Lampley can't always do it by himself and that the rest of us needed to step up and play ball.
In the second half, we played tough D and Brian and Joe were driving to the basket, making their shots or getting fouled. A.J. and Morgan came in and made some good defensive plays. Morgan taking that charge was heads up and his made free throws were important. Nick played great in the second half, catching and finishing and playing tough under the basket on the defensive end. Everyone played a much better game in the second half, taking care of the ball and helping Lampley out when he wasn't 100%.
I like how our team doesn't give up when we're down this year. Our coaches keep us in the game and give us the confidence that if we play hard and execute we can win every time. Last year, even with Lampley playing great, we would have lost both games. We feel good and are confident that we can beat Stanford Saturday. See you at Haas!