Tossing up the treys
So much for worries about a holiday layoff affecting the Lady Miners’ three-point shooting ability.
NU dropped in a season-high tying 14 three-pointers against McClatchy in the Lady Miners Metro League opener victory at home Thursday.
NU attempted 40 three-pointers in the 71-49 victory. The team’s first shot of the night was a trey attempt. So was its last. The Lady Miners made 35 percent of the treys attempted. They accounted for 59 percent of the team’s offense.
By contrast, McClatchy attempted one three-point shot on the night.
“That is almost all we do in practice,” said MacKenzie Murphy. “(NU coach Craig) Strohm’s theory is that we shoot them because if you add up the points we get from them, we’ll get more points than if we just shot two-point shots.”
In other words, if the Miners make 33 percent of three-point attempts, it would be just as valuable as making 50 percent of two-point attempts, provided the number of attempts were equal.
“It is a fun way to play,” Strohm said. “The kids buy into it, and it opens things up. It is like football – you run to be able to be able pass, or you pass to be able to run. We shoot from the outside to be able to get the ball inside.”
Murphy led the perimeter shooting parade Thursday, making a team-high four treys on a team-high nine attempts. Murphy, a 5-foot-10 senior, is a post player.
Nicole Sheets and Mae Valdes each made three-pointers Thursday. Sophomore Kayleigh Correll added two and teammates Emma Kite, Molly Heck and Courtney Kephart also made one.
One of Sheets treys was a heave from about 25 feet away.
“We are not shy about taking those shots, point guards, wings and post players alike,” Strohm said. “Balls are flying everywhere. It is chuck’n’duck. You better watch out, or you are liable to get one in the ear.”
The record for most treys in a game by one player is seven, held by Cait Collier (1989), Kellie Cook (1991), and twice by Kassidy Johnson (1998, 2000).
Cook’s seven-trey performance was part of a school record 47-point game against Merced.
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