As you likely just saw, Baylor beat Georgia Tech 83-68 for the rights to advance to the Elite 8. With about five minutes to go, the Bears lead the Yellowjackets 75-46, and Brittney Griner and several other starters were still in the game. I posed the question “why?” on twitter, and seconds later, Griner threw down a two-handed dunk to make the lead 31 points. Coach Kim Mulkey promptly pulled her and others, and put reserves in (some said the reserves were already at the scorer’s table when Griner dunked).
In the post-game interview, Mulkey said she wasn’t pleased with the performance of the reserves, who let a 30-point lead dwindle to 15. She also seemed to fault Georgia Tech Coach MaChelle Joseph for keeping her starters in the game until the end.
“I don’t believe in that,” Mulkey said. “If you clear your bench, they clear their bench.”
What do hoop fans this of this philosophy? If you’re down by 31 and the winning team finally pulls their starters, do you pull yours?
When should a winning or losing team pull starters and put in reserves?
Civil discussions only.