Jaime Biskup’s involvement emerged as a significant factor in producing that 9-7 record. When Biskup took 7 or more shots, Virginia had an unbeaten 5-0 record, scoring on 39% of their possessions. However, when Biskup took less than 7 shots, the team’s record dropped to 4 wins and 7 losses with an efficiency of 33%. It’s not that she had to put up a lot of points, but when she faded into the background, it coincided with days when the offense was much less effective.
The attack, on the other hand, was the driving force for Virginia. When the unit recorded 11 or more goals, Virginia went 7-0, scoring on 39% of their possessions. When the attack unit scored less than 11 goals, however, the team’s record fell to 5 wins and 7 losses with an efficiency of 33%.
While they were at their best when the attack was scoring, it wasn’t necessarily because they attack was creating that offense. The midfield unit’s assist record proved to be another vital indicator. When the unit notched up 2 or more helpers, Virginia had a strong 7 – 1 record, scoring on 38% of their possessions. But when the midfield unit had one or zero assists, Virginia’s record dipped to 2 wins and 6 losses with an efficiency of 32%. It paints a picture of an offensive system that was at its best when the midfielders were able to make the defense move, thereby opening up passing lanes to get the ball to the attackers for high-quality shots.
In summary, the performance of individual players like Jaime Biskup, combined with the collective performance of the attack and midfield units, played significant roles in determining whether Virginia won or lost their games.
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P.S. What did I miss? Data-centric analyses like this can miss things that don’t show up in the stats (i.e. injuries/coaching changes). If you can help explain any of the above, put it in the comments.