The Women’s Beat with Bob Joyce – The Windy City and Irish

Greetings from Chicago… a little light snow and temps in the 30’s…Feels like the holidays ! Saw two Christmas Tree stands along Fullerton Ave this morning on the way to DePaul for tonight’s clash with the Blue Demons (7p – 96.5 TIC-FM only) . We’re 4 games in, and a few things are clear..Breanna Stewart is on a mission and the defense is really good already…

Stewart’s start shows how mature she has become as a player…It looks easy so far on what shots she can get. And even though the thought is the refs seemingly don’t give her any respect, Stewey is getting to the line..25x in 4 games…Not bad, may increase as the season goes on.

The Team defense was an issue early last season when they lost at Stanford..By season’s end, it was the best in the country…This season with more size and length on the perimeter, the Huskies are going to collect a lot of steals..Naphessa Collier had 6 steals Monday at Chattanooga…a 6-2 Fr Forward !  Gabby Williams and Moriah Jefferson 4 each….Plus Stewey’s length and well..you know..and let’s not forget Katie Lou Samuelson too…She’ll get the shot going soon…But she’s finding other ways to contribute right now. And is most important to Geno Auriemma abd the staff.

Tonight, Depaul..always likes to play quick, up-tempo basketball. They press like crazy and are 4th nationally in Steals per game..just shy of 14. Doug Bruno’s team reached the Pre Season WNIT final, losing at Baylor 86-72..6-2 F Megan Podkowa leads a team that can score (87ppg)…And their depth increased this week as two transfers from Illinois, Jaqui Grant and Amarah Coleman were granted waivers to start playing now….And they’ll need that depth as 4 of their next 5 are UConn, at ND, at Texas A&M and at South Dakota..

The Irish visit Storrs Saturday..and they will likely be shorthanded again. Brianna Turner re-injured the shoulder she hurt last season on Thanksgiving Day and may need season ending surgery…And Taya Reimer is battling a very sore Achilles right now and is listed as day to day…If both are out, it changes everything Saturday  at Gampel….And that’s a tough break for Notre Dame…

If you’re going Saturday, the Huskies are asking you to wear white in an attempt to “white out” Gampel. Hope to see you there 🙂

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