SEATTLE – Watch the Gonzaga women play defense tonight against Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA tournament and get a sense of how basketball coaches make adjustments from game to game.
In the Bulldogs’ opening win over North Carolina on Saturday, the Tar Heels consistently got the ball to someone around the foul line for open jumpers.
“We didn’t mind they were getting the shot in the middle,” Graves said. “It was when they were getting it 5-6 feet away, that’s what we were trying to take away. A great team like that you have to give them something, you can’t take away everything (and) that’s what we decided we weren’t going to defend as much.
“Texas A&M is a whole other team. They have a lot more balance offensively, they have a lot more offensive weapons. We’ll see how that goes. We definitely have a plan for that.”
The Aggies saw a lot of zone in their 83-54 second-half demolition of Portland State, but coach Gary Blair noted, “Gonzaga plays their zone wider than any one we’ve faced. It’s a wide 3-2.”
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