Tech must feed Moxley ball more

By Michael Bleach

HOUGHTON – Michigan Tech women’s basketball coach Kim Cameron’s actions often speak louder than her words, an impressive feat for anyone who has heard Cameron express her frustration at peak pitch during a game.

So this week when post-entry passes was the first drill on the agenda for practice and the one Cameron was most agitated about, the cause of her frustration was easy to diagnose.

The Huskies lost 68-63 to Minnesota State Moorhead last Saturday, and it was center Kylie Moxley’s numbers that catch the eye most in the box score.

The sophomore post presence led the team in scoring with 15 points, converting an uber-efficient 6-of-6 from the field with four free throw attempts.

Of course, when you start a game with six makes in six tries, its reasonable to expect a seventh, eighth or 15th shot somewhere along the way.

“Very obviously that was a big problem for us,” Cameron said. “We were trying, but unsuccessfully trying. She got into some foul trouble, but every time she came back in we had trouble getting her the basketball, and that’s a problem. Because of her dominance we have to be able to get her the ball.”

Moxley dominated in the Friday victory over ranked Concordia-St. Paul, dropping 20 points (9-of-12 shooting) and the game-winning layup.

Which makes the difficulties feeding her the ball all the more frustrating Saturday.

Expect a different offensive emphasis this afternoon for Tech’s first home game of the season against Minnesota-Duluth.

“I was frustrated,” Moxley said. “I know in the second half they made more of an adjustment for guarding me, but I still thought I was open sometimes. But if the guards can’t get me the ball I can’t really control it.”

Of course, Moxley can help herself by adjust quickly to the newly enforced hand-check rules.

The sophomore has played just 46 minutes in two games this season, about seven less per contest than Cameron has typically played starters.

On both occasions Moxley reached four personal fouls to force Cameron to sit her on the bench earlier than anticipated.

“Sometimes you touch a girl and its like, ‘I don’t even think I laid a finger on her.'” Moxley said. “It is definitely a lot different. You have to try and deny the ball and stop her from catching it instead of bodying her up. You have to move them before they get the ball in the lane.”