Re closing out games: It seems like we should play to have the ball last, which we did correctly tonight until the no-call foul on TJ that was called a turnover. In that regard, they did get screwed, but in that situation, I’m not sure that gets called against either team in this or most other games.
We can never seem to play defense in the final few seconds. Teams always blow right down court because they know we’re going to play soft D (State can’t really play any other kind without fouling).
In the end, even if TJ had made both free throws, I would bet a lot of money that Paige would bury a 3 to end it, rather than a drive to basket to end it. It was inevitable. In the battle between TJ and Paige, whoever had the ball last was going to win it for their team.