Who would have thought...the team Oklahoma State lost to... ended up winning the national title. Arizona had a cinderella run, but Stanford was the team to beat. The length of stanford was just enough to beat arizona. Beating an opponent 3 times is never easy. Stanford didn't play great, but still found a way to win the game, which is a sign of a great champion. So much adversity they had to overcome...being on the road and not being able to play at home for 2 months b/c of state restrictions (87 days on the road), and they persevered.
Special shoutout to Tara Vanderveer, one of the all-time great winning her 3rd national championship, one of 4 women coaches to win 3 national championships. One of the great ambassadors of the women's game...it's been too long, and it's nice to see her win another championship.
I was surprised she dropped so low. Upside. That was an interesting take as I watched the Draft. But it also goes with how Stanford was playing Mack defensively. They knew her preferred move and did what they could to take it away. It'll be tough for her to stick in Chicago. They have an abundance of F and C on the roster as previously mentioned by another poster.
Defensively and rebounding will definitely translate the the W if she gets a chance. But how patient will a team be while she develops a consistent mid range shot and other post moves offensively? Hoping it works out and the chip on her shoulder helps her make a roster.
Moral of the story- mock drafts are overrated and always have been. The WNBA is the only organization where 1st round picks aren’t guaranteed to make the roster....which is beyond sad quite honestly. Honestly they don’t even need 3 rounds as only a handful actually make onto roster. Hell lauryn Goodwin is playing at the highest level of international basketball in Germany and can’t even get the time of day. Mack has a career in basketball, but will likely have to go the international route. The money is much better, but being away from family is the price to pay. Too much talent in the U.S. and not enough spots...it’s sad but it’s also the reason why the sport is where it’s at today and struggle for support.