WBB Postgame thoughts, Albany downed 67-59

The eight-point score in this game is deceiving. If the Hoosier ladies make even three of those 14 three-point tries, we’re looking at a game that’s not as close. If Whitney Thomas stays out of foul trouble in the first four minutes, we’re looking at a game that’s not as close. If Albany doesn’t get 18 second chance points, or outrebound Indiana 49-42, we’re looking at a game that’s not as close.

“It’s the first game. We had nerves,” IU skipper Felisha Legette-Jack said. “We’re just so ready and so excited that the nerves are just malfunctioning for us.”

Credit the Great Danes, a team picked eighth of nine in the America East Conference preseason coaches’ poll, to go on the road for the first game of the year and lose by just eight to a major conference school.

“We ran out of a little gas, and I think that we’re just not conditioned yet to play that intense level,” said Albany coach Trina Patterson.

“We were so close to being another Appalachian State or Gardner-Webb, where the little plays the big at home and nobody gives you a chance and you upset. That’s what we were hoping for, the ride. We were close but fell short. But this is a positive for us going into our season.”

Well, I don’t know about comparing the Hoosiers, picked ninth in the Big Ten polls, to Michigan football or Kentucky men’s basketball, but I do know that while Indiana looked sharp in their knee-high white tube socks with the home whites, the Danes were clashing big time with dark green (maybe black?) unis and gold lettering underneath warmup jackets that had the school’s colors of purple and yellow.

A wise choice of attire, considering that a glance over at the Albany bench, where some were wearing one or the other, would have made me miss all my 3s as well.