Dawn Staley can be tough on her point guards. It’s like Michael Jordan as an executive – when you’ve played so well at one spot and basically redefined the position, it’s hard to understand why the players you coach or examine can’t do the same.
With Tuesday night’s opponent, Oregon State, being led by its point guard, Staley was asked what she sees.
She sees quite a bit.
“Sydney (Wiese) is a little different point guard, because she’s long, she has great court vision, she can handle the ball extremely well,” Staley said on Monday. “They do a great job at putting her in positions to utilize her skill set.”
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Staley spoke in glowing terms of Wiese, who, as a freshman, leads the Beavers in scoring and triggers their offense. A team that depends on the 3-pointer (OSU shoots 37 percent from long range and has hoisted 751 3s this year) but can also throw inside to a big post game, Wiese is the reason OSU leaped to its first NCAA tournament in nearly 20 years.
Staley knows how important it will be for the Gamecocks to keep Wiese contained, not to let her rove the floor or get open passing lanes for her teammates. She also knows how difficult it is to keep a great point guard down.
She never was.