Regardless of method (grad transfer, juco, etc.), I think we should use the scholarships either on a starter or a long term project with potential. Right now our roster is mostly role players who aren't demonstrably better than most of the others. Adding another role player who comes off the bench only makes our rotation issues worse. Finding a starter improves us enough to justify adding to the rotation. Adding a long term project gives us potential for the future while not adding to the minutes crunch. If neither of those is possible, just bank them for 2019 (or use one on Connor). Better to add quality or the potential for quality than to make rotation issues worse just for the sake of an addition.
I think Doyle is really close to being our second "star" player. Like you mention, when she's on she's a legitimate #2 scoring option. She also plays really good defense and has improved her 3 point shooting more than I thought she would.
The two things holding her back right now--in my view--are this:
1. Learning when to make risky passes. She makes a ton of risky passes, and sometimes they work out really well. One of the reasons she gets so many assists is people don't see a lot of her passes coming. The problem is she employs this philosophy basically everywhere on the court, when it should be saved for scoring opportunities only. There's simply no need to thread the needle on a pass that's only end is moving the ball from the back court to the front court. There's no need to make a no look pass when you're just swinging the ball around the three point arch. If she was more cautious on passes not meant to setup baskets, her turnovers would go down a lot. I can live with a few turnovers on high risk-high reward passes.
2. Get better at finishing around the rim. She's actually really good at driving to the basket, but way too often she ends up missing the layup. A summer spent learning backboard angles from Megan would do her a world of good here. If she becomes better at finishing around the basket it'll also limit the times she's not "on" offensively.
I was curious about this too, so I went and checked the rules. Basically, you can advance the ball with less than a minute left if you gain control of the ball and call timeout but not if you have dribbled or passed it before calling said timeout.
I can't remember exactly, but my guess is Ollinger dribbled the ball once she got it but before we called timeout at the end, thus removing the possibility that we could advance the ball.
If we could've advanced the ball but didn't, then that jumps to the top of my list of coaching complaints.
Meyer played against Minnesota, but didn't hit any 3s. She looked much better last night. I think the key for Iowa is to have some long distance shooting to help Gustafson. During the losing streak they didn't have any. Meyer was out, Sevillian couldn't hit a thing, and 3s aren't really Doyle's strength. When they are all hitting from deep, Iowa can beat almost anyone.