Kamie Ethridge

Discussion in 'Women’s Basketball' started by overseasbbfan1, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. overseasbbfan1

    overseasbbfan1 1,000+ Posts

    A few have mentioned Northern Colorado's NCAA invite on other threads, but I've been following the program since Kamie took over, and I don't know if everyone is aware of just how impressive her tenure as the Bear's HC has been. Transition years are usually tough, and during her first season at the helm, the Bears opened at 10-11, before turning things around and winning 12 of their final 14. They made it all the way to the conference tourney championship, nabbed a WNIT bid, and made the quarterfinals where they lost a close contest to UCLA. That was the program's deepest post-season run ever. Northern Colorado has only had four 20-win seasons in their entire history and three of those have come under Kamie. In fact, she's won 22 or more games in three of her four seasons as the Bear's HC. Last year the Bears received their first ever mention in the ARV category of the national polls, and made their first appearance in the top 25 mid-major poll.

    This season they made it back into the ARV category of the polls, made the top 10 of the mid-major poll for the first time, eventually reaching #3. They beat their first ever top 25 program (then #20 Depaul), their first SEC team (LSU), and went 3-1 vs. teams that made the NCAA field. In fact, NCAA #5 seed Depaul just took down OU last night, and LSU is a 6 seed. Their conference season culminated with their first Big Sky Tournament title, and the program's first ever NCAA tourney appearance. Their RPI rose to 37 going into the Big Sky Tournament, then 33 entering the championship contest, and finally 32 entering NCAA post-season play. That is almost unheard of considering their conference (no other program inside the top 100), and roster.

    For me, what's most impressive isn't what they've done, but how they've done it, and who they've done it with. They lost one of their top players, and starting 6'3 post in late January, when she left the program. She had been averaging over 28 mins, 13.2 points and 5.1 rbs per contest. I was pretty certain their season would take a nose-dive at that point, given their lack of an inside game. They had one other player at 6'3, but she is slighter of build, and even with the increase in playing time the final 15 games of the year, still only averaged 16.2 mins, 4.2 points and 2.5 rbs per contest. There was one other active player at 6'1, and the remaining seven on the roster range from 5'6 to 5'9. The Bears did lose their first contest after the departure, but then won their next 13, resulting in both regular season and conference tourney championships (both program firsts). How they made that adjustment, and pulled that off considering some of their opponents, is a testament to Kamie's coaching ability. 8 of those 13 consecutive wins were single-digit results, with six games won by 6 of fewer points. They just find a way to win...great game management, and end-of-game coaching in particular, and tremendous player development. When you think about a team without a single top recruit rising all the way to #32 in the RPI, and this after losing their only true presence in the paint...it's no wonder Kanie was fielding questions about her future at the conclusion of the Big Sky Tournament. The Bears top scorer, and conference POY, had an ESPN grade of 40 coming out of HS - the last person on the Hoopgurlz top 100 ranking was graded at 93. There probably isn't anyone on the Bear's roster that would have cracked the top 500 on any recruit ranking list! Yet here they were beating teams like Depaul and LSU.

    I don't think there's any question that Kamie will end up as HC at a top program sooner rather than later, but I do wonder if she might not stay at NC for one more season. Technically this was the senior season for her first recruiting class, and the Bears are losing two great players (#2 scorer and all-conference guard, and a dynamic defender and conference Defensive POY). But because of an injury their conference Player of the Year and top scorer will be back for one more season. And they have a transfer that had to sit out this season, and return a handful of other key contributors. When asked about her future she gave all the right answers...she loves her job, is happy where she's at etc. The loss to Michigan yesterday is unfortunate, but I kind of figured their lack of height would catch up with them during NCAA play. Though by all rights the Bears should have been ranked a few spots higher on the seed line. In one sense a 10 seed is an amazing achievement for a conference that has seldom seen anything other than a 15 or 16 seed in the tourney (the only other time a Big Sky team broke into top 10 seed territory was 21 years ago). But the Bears were 32 in the RPI, five spots higher than Michigan at 37. Yet the Wolverines were seeded 7th and the Bears 10th.

    Overall,just really happy to see one of my all time favorite Longhorns doing so well!.
     
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  2. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 1,000+ Posts

    Thanks for the write-up on Kamie and her team. I haven't kept up with her career and it's great to have this information on her current status. She's one of my favorite Horns and I hope she continues to succeed.
     
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  3. brnkj

    brnkj 500+ Posts

    I'm wondering if Kamie might be a candidate to take over in her home town of Lubbock??? :idk:
     
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  4. Sangre Naranjada

    Sangre Naranjada Liquor Man

    I suppose I'd be happy for her, but I wouldn't like that very much.
     
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  5. overseasbbfan1

    overseasbbfan1 1,000+ Posts

    Yeah, I like rooting for Kamie, but how could I do that if she were at Tech?? Hadn't even thought about the possibility. When/if she moves on I'd like her to go somewhere other than a Big 12 or in-state program for sure.
     
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  6. brnkj

    brnkj 500+ Posts

    Actually, I'm surprised that it took Kamie this long to become a head coach. I understand her allegiance to Deb Patterson, but Kamie is definitely major DI coaching material... and although Patterson isn't exactly my favorite person, she's a hell of a strategist and Kamie gained a lot of knowledge with her.
     
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  7. Hornzupp

    Hornzupp 25+ Posts

    Tech would be crazy not to contact Kamie Ethridge....TODAY. Home town, knows the area, can recruit the area - and clearly can get players to perform. Happy for KE.
     
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  8. WCBBNUT

    WCBBNUT 1,000+ Posts

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    Being it’s her hometown, she knows firsthand why not to live there. #MiddleOfNowhere
     
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  9. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 2,500+ Posts

    Have you been to Greeley? It's the former home of Monfort, before Swift bought them. Huge processing plant for beef, and undoubtedly the worst smelling place in the state. It makes Wink look appealing.
     
  10. overseasbbfan1

    overseasbbfan1 1,000+ Posts

    Congratulations Kamie! Washington State is getting a good one!
     
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  11. overseasbbfan1

    overseasbbfan1 1,000+ Posts

    I was just looking at the WSU site and they already have their 2018-19 roster posted. Looks like they only have seven active players for next season, so at a minimum Kamie will have to find 2-3 transfer or JUCO prospects to fill out her squad. One positive is that WSU returns their three top scorers, and position wise their returnees are a good mix. Their starters next year will include a 6' F who put up strong numbers this season, a 5'11 guard who was the Cougars #2 scorer, and a 6'4 post who started 23 games averaging 20 mins per contest.

    One thing that really stands out is how close the Cougars came in a lot of big matchups. Despite their 10-20 record (3-14 in PAC) they played then #25 Kentucky to within 5 points and beat a RV Rutgers team early in the year. During conference play they lost to #12 UCLA by 8, #24 CAL by 6, and to USC by 1. And down the stretch they lost to #16 Oregon State by just 2, and a great Oregon squad by 11 (79-90). They lost to USC by 3 in the first round of the PAC tourney. There is certainly something there for Kamie to work with. One more team to follow and root for!
     
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  12. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 2,500+ Posts

    She will feel almost like home. Change the cotton fields of High Plains for the Jolly Green Giant's pea fields, and with the blowing dust, she will think she is back in Lubbock, if it wasn't for the people in Eastern Washington not being nearly as friendly.
     
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  13. LutherIsMyDog

    LutherIsMyDog 1,000+ Posts

     
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  14. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Great opportunity for her. Glad she is getting a chance to show what she is capable at a P5 school.

    Being a P5 school, wonder how long it would take for Texas to line up a home-home series with WSU? Might be a nice road trip.
     
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  15. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    Even people who went to Wazoo have issues with Pullman.
     
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  16. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 2,500+ Posts

    May I help you with your travel plans for other places you might find of interest:

    Guymon, OK
    Clayton, NM
    Lamar, CO
    Auburn, AL
    Starkville, MS
    Mena, AR

    Unless you are addicted to Jolly Green Giant canned food, there is NO reason to go there. In the heat of summer, Sun Lakes Park is really great, and Grand Coulee Dam is a nice side trip, but those two only apply when it isn't basketball season.

    Think Monahans or Muleshoe without the charm.
     
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  17. ViperHorn

    ViperHorn 5,000+ Posts

    It ain't no Alpine.
     
  18. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 2,500+ Posts

    Only reason to go there is if Leach is playing for a Natty and is ranked #1, then only if Craig James and Ken Hance are handcuffed together and forced to sit through it. You know I don't want in the same area code with either of those low-rent pieces of crap.
     
  19. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Funny! I actually like going to places to watch WBB. Doesn't really matter to me about the city. But if I can combine the trip with a place I want to go visit, so much the better. In this case, Seattle.
     
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  20. SabreHorn

    SabreHorn 2,500+ Posts

    Part of the drive from Seattle is , but it is a little over 300 miles and takes about 5 hours. In summer, great; in winter not so much. I am sure there are puddle jumpers from Seattle.
     
  21. BabHorn

    BabHorn 10,000+ Posts

    Not sure what a puddle jumper is, although I have seen the term several times. I will have to google it and find out if it means what I think from the context.

    Whether I would go to Seattle then WSU or the reverse is of no real concern as my main purpose would be to visit Seattle and get a chance to explore that city. The WSU game would be a nice sidetrip, with maybe a chance to walk the campus.
     

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