Doug Bruno Writes from Colorado Springs 7/2

DePaul women's basketball coach Doug Bruno was in Colorado Springs, Colorado. as head coach of the USA Basketball Women's U18 team in preparation for the 2006 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women.

The United States is host of the tournament that starts on June 28 in Colorado Springs. Pool play runs June 28-30 followed by the Medal Rounds, July 1-2. The United States is in Group A with Brazil and Paraguay while Group B consists of Argentina, Canada, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. The top three teams in the tournament qualify for the 2007 FIBA U19 Women's World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. When he has a few minutes, Coach Bruno will check in here with his thoughts and experiences.

Sunday, July 2

After our victory over Brazil, in which we defended well but missed every point blank lay up possible, last night we played better against Argentina but...we shot 54% from the field and did a much better job of finishing around the basket. We again dominated on the defensive side of the ball and the backboard. We held Argentina to 26% field goal percentage and out-rebounded Argentina, 52-23. However, just when we fixed our ability to finish, now we go and turn the ball over 36 times!!!!!!

Many of these turnovers were walking violations. The International Officials have been good for the most part. What is and is not a travel in International Competition is still an area of the game that our players are still trying to learn just how to adjust. It is a given in Basketball that the coaches and players must adjust to the way each and every game is being called. Sometimes adjusting to the officials is easier said than done.

Carol Owens, Jen Rizzotti and I have been attempting to come up with a rotation throughout the entire tournament. We have finally come to the conclusion is that one of the greatest strengths of our team is that every player can and should contribute. The rotation can and will fluctuate based on game circumstance and matchups.

More to come...

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