Xavier vs. Stanford comes down to bigs
"My teammates tell me I need to attack more and be more aggressive and that I'm just settling for my shot, which has been a little off," Harris said. "I just think that I need to attack more because I feel like I could probably get more out of attacking and then create more."
That attacking mentality is something that concerns VanDerveer about Harris' effect on the game. She said Harris' ability to shoot from the perimeter and drive the basketball will be tough to defend and could lead Stanford to play some zone defense.
VanDerveer also noted that Phillips' rebounding ability, especially on the offensive end, will be tough to deal with since Appel is still feeling the affects of an ankle injury she suffered a few weeks ago.
"One thing that really jumps out to you is someone that has 197 offensive boards," VanDerveer said of Phillips' stats. "So, the first reaction on our team was that maybe she doesn't shoot a very good field goal percentage. No, that's not it. That's something that's extremely impressive to me, getting on the glass, how they rebound."
While the focus Sunday was almost exclusively on the inside players, others players maintained that almost too much attention was being paid to the bigs, taking away the fact that ultimately, the best all-around team will reach the Final Four.
"I don't think it's going to be a big versus big game," Xavier guard Special Jennings said. "I think it's going to be Xavier and Stanford. I think it's going to be us running our offense, running our plays and Stanford's defense, whatever they throw at us. I just think we've got to do what got us here and that's throwing the ball inside, throwing the ball outside. Whether Ta'Shia and them score big or whether any of us on the perimeter score big, I just think we've got to do what got us here. We can't feed into the 'Oh, it's going to be a post thing.'"
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