Xavier did just about everything wrong in the final seconds of Monday’s Elite Eight matchup with Stanford. First, Xavier’s Dee Dee Jernigan missed an open layup. Then, Dee Dee Jernigan missed another open layup. The Musketeers defensive made things pretty easy for Stanford’s Jeanette Pohlen’s, who drove the length of floor in 4.4 seconds and made a game-winning layup.
I’m still trying to figure out what Xavier’s Amber Harris (No. 11) was doing. She was in a position to cut Pohlen off on the sideline, but looked scared to commit a foul and drifted aimlessly away from the play to free up an easy angle to the bucket.
Someday, coaches will learn how to defend teams in the closing seconds. Then again, maybe not.