Mazzante closes in on conference scoring mark
Updated: January 15, 2004, 1:24 PM ETBy Melanie Jackson | Special to ESPN.com
Who is the best women's college basketball player in the Big Ten?That question has often led to much debate. Some say Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen. Others pick Purdue's Shereka Wright. And still some go with Penn State's Kelly Mazzante.
|Kelly Mazzante is one of the finest shooters our game has seen and should be selected among the top seven picks in April's WNBA draft. She's intelligent, tremendously efficient on offense and a big-time scorer. Mazzante is a better finisher than people think, and a much better defender, too. She's a wonderful all-around, full-court player. Offensively, only UConn's Diana Taurasi and Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen can shoot the ball as well. Yes, Nicole Powell and Alana Beard can shoot it, too. But with Mazzante, Taurasi and Whalen, their shot is their magic.At the pro level, Mazzante needs to get in the weight room and get stronger. She's going to have to defend 2s and 3s, so she needs to continue to work on her on-ball defense. Everybody is going to be as long and at least as quick as she is, if not quicker. So Mazzante needs to continue to improve her knowledge of angles defensively and be strong enough to take a pounding every night.
-- ESPN's Nancy Lieberman
Texas Tech, the top-ranked team in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, falling to Iowa State. Things don't get much easier for the Lady Raiders, who face Baylor on Saturday. And you might say the Lady Bears have a bit of momentum on their side. Baylor handed No. 3 Texas its second loss of the season and ended the Longhorns' seven-game winning streak on Wednesday. Now, Minnesota (14-0) is the only undefeated team in the nation. The Golden Gophers host Illinois tonight. Quote of the week
"There's nothing we can fix with our fundamentals. We need to find something inside of us. Right now, we're all floating around out there, and we need to pull it together and play as a team.'' -- UConn's Diana Taurasi, after the Huskies fell to unranked Notre Dame on Jan. 13 Melanie Jackson coordinates ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage. E-mail the Dish at Melanie.J.Jackson.-ND@espn3.com.
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