Video tape leads to highlight reel

Last week Salim Stoudamire had a homecoming. Against Pepperdine he had a coming out party of sorts, as the Lake Oswego, Oregon native scored a career high 25 points in the Wildcats' 94-71 win. The performance warrants "Player of the Game" honors for the Wildcat freshman.

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Before the game Stoudamire shook hands with some familiar faces as he had a mini-reunion with the Waves' two Portland area players, Craig Lewis and Boomer Brazzle. After welcoming the former Benson Tech players to McKale Center, Stoudamire proceeded to impress his fellow Oregonians with a first half scoring explosion. The streaky shooter connected on his first two three-pointers, and scored 13 points in the half.

"He started out the game shooting very well," said Associate head coach Jim Rosborough.

The week before he had a very bittersweet return to his home state. Although he averaged 11.5 points on the road trip, he shot a miserable 1-8 in Corvallis and the team suffered a 30-point loss in Eugene.

During the break Stoudamire took time to adjust his game from both a mental and a physical perspective. In addition to doing some reflection, he also looked at videotape.

"The time off gave me a chance to prepare mentally," Stoudamire said. "My playing is a mental thing, when I miss shots I start doubting myself. When I start making them, I get it back."

"He's really concerned about his shooting," Rosborough said. "We watched video tape of his shooting. There were a couple of little things we picked up on the tape to correct. He should be a good shooter."

As good as Stoudamire was from the outside in the first half, he was equally impressive attacking the basket in the second. With Wave defenders wary of his outside stroke, he was able to get to the hoop with relative ease.

Stoudamire drove the middle of the lane and finished with a bank shot high off the glass. Later he converted a breakaway by outracing a Pepperdine player for an easy lay-in on a transition break. Stoudamire capped his scoring with a nifty shake and bake move, finishing with a highlight reel bucket. He got to the hoop with a nice crossover move that left his defender lagging behind him. He squeezed between two other defenders and switched hands at the rim for the score.

For the game Stoudamire was 9-13, 5-9 from behind the arc. He added four rebounds, two assists and a couple of steals.

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