Sunday, September 21, 2014

Trouble in paradise? France beats USA, 76-72

France handed the USA a rare international loss today, downing them 76-72 in an exhibition game. The French came from 18 points behind to edge the Americans.

Sandrine Gruda lead the French team with 26 points and 15 rebounds. She averaged 3.8 points and 3 rebounds per game this past season playing for the Los Angeles Sparks.

No box score yet on either the USA Basketball site or ESPN, but I can't wait to see it. Skylar Diggins, Kayla McBride, Stefanie Dolson and Jantel Lavender didn't play today. No word yet on whether Brittney Griner will join the team.

Ponderings..........

Given the roster:

Sue Bird
Maya Moore
Candice Dupree
Diana Taurasi
Tina Charles
Lindsay Whalen
Seimone Augustus
Angel McCoughtry
Skylar Diggins
Odyssey Sims
Jantel Lavender
Kayla McBride
Nnemkadi Ogwumike
Breanna Stewart
Stefanie Dolson


Would the US have been better-served by keeping one or more of the four cut last weekend, instead? (Chiney Ogwumike, Bria Hartley, Briann January and Danielle Robinson).

I have been trying to figure out how the rookie of the year didn't make the cut for seven days now.

Is there significance to the fact that there are six current or former UConn players on this roster?

And finally, is this loss meaningful? A wake up call or a lucky break for France?

2 comments:

Vernon Chandler said...

Geno shouldn't lean so heavily on the "I've coached them before and they went to UConn" thing. There were better pieces and he should use some of the current roster better.

Ray said...

The Box Score is up on the USA Basketball Site. DT and Maya had awful shooting nights...the bigs shot well, but the defensive switching appears to be leaving them vulnerable to savvy offensive players like Sandrine Gruda who was not that effective in her WNBA season...but burned them tonight...Good defense can save you from a bad shooting night...and based on the quotes, it looks like that will be the focus going forward. I don't have any issues with the cuts...too much experience at Chiney's position...but...if they keep Stewie, then there may be an argument that maybe they should have taken Chiney over Stewie for the interior work and defense.