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Thoughts on Findlay and Wayne State (women's version)
February 5, 2012 - Michael Bleach
Before I fall deep asleep into a chicken wing coma during this Super Sunday, here are a few thoughts on the Michigan Tech women's basketball team's 58-55 and 78-65 wins over Findlay and Wayne State this weekend:
1. The Huskies official colors are Gold and Black.
Bold, intimidating and effective war paint on the Braveheart Test.
And yet… the Tech women look pretty good in pink.
Donning pink warm ups, pink socks and wore-them-before-they-were-cool pink shoe laces for a silent auction for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation this weekend, the Huskies put together their best two-game stretch since winter break.
I fully expect Tech will be back to the traditional G&B in its next game Saturday against Lake Superior State — but coach Kim Cameron didn't rule out rocking the rosey laces while the winning-streak continues.
"You know what, anything that will work, I'm all in," Cameron said.
2. After last year's National Runner-Up season, Cameron has said some of the losses earlier this year may have stemmed from last year's glory.
She has told me multiple times the Huskies needed to learn they weren't going to win by just showing up.
In a related note, Tech also grabbed a combined 36 offensive rebounds this weekend and 52 percent of their missed shots.
If you ever want to get Cameron fired up — for good or bad — point out a large rebounding margin.
"Rebounding is a hustle stat, 100 percent," Cameron said. "It is all about effort. (This weekend) our effort was where it needed to be."
3. [Cue up Brent Musburger voice]
"And Lind-Sey Lind-Strom, the young lady from Superior, Wisconsin, is on FIRE!"
Since Brent Musburger often narrates my inner monologue, this thought passed through my mind multiple times this weekend.
Lindstrom has always been a solid player for Tech. She was second on the team in rebounding last year and fourth in scoring. She is a GLIAC All-Defensive team member and routinely guards the opponent's best player.
But considering she is a six-foot guard/forward, can handle, pass, drive and shoot with success — in short, a matchup nightmare for Division II women's basketball — her 9.3 points per game average just two weeks ago was fairly underwhelming.
Since then, however, Lindstrom has exploded for a quartet of 20-plus games (21, 20, 22, 26) and upped her average to 11.9 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding, and was an absolute beast against Findlay Thursday, pulling down 16 boards, including seven on the offensive end.
So what has changed?
Cameron's theory is Lindstrom has come around to the realization that its her senior year and a level of desperation (in a good way) has entered into her play.
"I think it is becoming a little closer to the end of her career and I think she wants it to be good and she wants her senior year to be a great one and one that she will remember," Cameron said. "She is taking some pride in that."
I asked Lindstrom the same question and said it was simply her filling a team need.
"I am just trying to contribute to where I am needed and try to fill a role," Lindstrom said. "Maybe we aren't scoring as much so I am trying to be more aggressive, or we need rebounding so I try and grab some rebounds. I really enjoy being that type of a player, just trying to fill those voids, and it is just working out for everyone right now."
Whatever the reason, if Lindstrom continues to dominate as she has in the past four games, Tech becomes an extremely tough out in the postseason.
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