I've never seen a player start out her freshman season "on fire" shooting the ball in non-conference games and then be unable to score for the majority of conference play.
I watched her play in the McDonald's AA game and am fully aware that she was rated the 2nd best post player in the nation and the 7th best player overall out of Brea-Olinda High in Southern California.
I believe that she had some type of injury at the beginning of the season but it seemed to not affect her stellar play. During the initial seven games of the season she was part of Gottlieb's 10 player rotation. She scored 17 points in game #3 to lead the Bears and 16 points in the next game. She converted 8-11 and 8-12 field goal attempts in those games. I posted here that she was the BEST natural shooter that I had seen play for the Cal women's team.
Post players generally shoot a higher percentage because of their proximity to the basket. Caldwell & Gray have the highest FG percentages on the team.
Well-Justine's stats are very misleading. As I stated she has had two different seasons combined into one so far... Hartman was the all-american for seven contests but then things turned around 360 degrees. The next three games she was held down to 1-2 baskets per game. Then, nationally ranked power house, Ohio State, came to Haas and shutdown Justine completely, 0-3. The last pre-season game was Ivy League opponent, Dartmouth, and they held her to 1-4 from the field.
In 13 conference games to date, Hartman has converted 7 baskets out of 39 shot attempts for an embarassing FG% of 18%. I have watched every televised women's game on tv or the internet and have noticed that opposing posts crowd her and do not allow her to get an open look at the basket. Several of the posts are taller than Justine (6'2") standing 6'3" to 6'5" & have blocked several of her shots.
Generally, when the defense finds out that you're a deadeye shooter, they will attempt to deny the ball and have the defender play "inside" your jersey so to speak. The counter is to backdoor your defendr, pump fake or simply put the ball of the floor and drive around the defender. Evidently, JH lacks the footspeed to respond this way. She also is the one post that doesn't rebound with an average of 1.9 boards/ game. Gray, Caldwell & Brandon average 5.9, 6.5 & 10.8 rpg, respectively. Every player that averages 10 minutes per game or above rebounds more than her including all of the guards. Finally, my theory of the dead-eye shooter seems to be debunked because she is miserable on unguarded free throws (45.5%)?
Bottomline: after having the WA POY transfer out , I'm a bit concerned by the cutting of Hartman's minutes by Gottlieb. No longer is there a ten player rotation-it's been simplified to primarily seven Bears. This experience has to be humiliating for such a highly acclaimed star. Cal just played her original school, UCLA, and she barely saw the floor (3 minutes-0 points & 0 rebounds). Does anyone have a clue to the mystery of Justine Hartman? Am I unaware of some physical impairment that could be causing this change in performance level? I would appreciate any helpful explanations. I hope Justine remains a Bear and find her "magic" again.