St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash
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RECORD: 25 - 5
REGION: West SEED: 15
COACH: Jill Poe CONFERENCE: NEC
Road to the Final Four ...................................................................................
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We did it. We found the weakness in Swink's game -- she can't shoot the 3. She was 0-for-1 this year. Other than that, well, you're on your own. She averages a double-double (21 points and 10 boards), shoots 60 percent from the field, 80 percent from the free-throw line and is even second on the team in steals. So, wanna stop her? Get her behind the arc.
ANALYSIS BY ESPN'S STACEY DALES-SCHUMAN
With Northeast Conference Player of the Year Beth Swink and two-time Defensive Player of the Year Tonjee Ward, it's no wonder the Red Flash flew through the conference virtually untouched. Jill Poe certainly inherited some talent in her first year with St. Francis, and that talent has taken to their head coach quite fondly.
Ward, a senior guard, provides a competitive nature and ferociousness on the court that catapults her team with momentum. She uses her speed and quickness to rob the opposition of almost three takeaways per game, and averages a strong 16 points. Ward is a big reason the Red Flash are one of the top defensive teams in the conference.
While Ward works her magic on the perimeter, Swink is consistent for a conference-best 21 points and 10 boards. Though the junior center gets typically bruised and battered, she still manages to toss in a whopping 60 percent of her attempts, which ranks among the nation's leaders.
With strong perimeter handles from senior Karen Hewitt, the Red Flash feature a balanced inside/outside game that has allowed them to lead the conference in scoring all season.
Look for a balanced attack from the Red Flash in nearly every facet of the game. They execute well offensively spreading the wealth, while exercising good defensive block-outs. They protect the ball and make wise overall decisions offensively. And with five juniors and four seniors, savvy decision-making should be inevitable.