FSN's Mary Murphy Gives Her Tip of the Week

Jan. 9, 2007

Here's your 'Tip of the Week' from Fox Sports Net (FSN) basketball analyst and former college basketball coach, Mary Murphy.

This past weekend I had an interesting conversation with the University of Washington's Head Coach June Daugherty. I was asking Coach Daugherty about her team's prowess on the offensive boards and she remarked that her team spends a great deal of time working on the timing, skills and technique involved in being great offensive rebounders. All that hard work translates into second and third chances for the Huskies.

Offensive rebounding is not a 'glamour' role on a basketball team. Those that excel on the 'O' boards are often considered 'blue collar' players or players with a 'nose for the ball.' But nobody respects or admires a great offensive rebounder more than a coach who is trying to figure out how to stop one. The impact of offensive rebounding during the course of a ballgame is profound. If a defensive team consistently gives up offensive rebounds they are negating all the hard work done on the defensive possession. Coaches stress everyday in practice that the defensive possession is not complete until the defensive rebound is secured.

Second and third opportunities created by offensive rebounding usually result in quality shots close to the basket, wide-open threes once the ball is kicked out by the rebounder and often a defensive foul because of the aggravation caused by the missed box out and the offensive put back.

An offensive team can afford to be an average shooting team from the floor if they can consistently produce second and third shots off their missed shots. The greatest offensive rebounder I have ever seen was the Hall of Famer out of USC, Cheryl Miller. She took great joy in making the first shot but even greater joy in breaking your back with an offensive rebound and a put back!

As you watch the California Golden Bears square off against the Washington Huskies this Saturday afternoon on Fox, keep an eye on the Bears and their defensive rebounding. The Bears must rebound if they hope to come out the victor in the battle with UW.

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