However, not all aspects of Talluto’s performance improved in 2023. Her assist rate, for instance, saw a notable dip from the 77th percentile in 2022 to the 58th percentile in 2023. This suggests a shift in her role from a player who was fairly balanced between initiating and finishing to one who was more of a primary goal scorer.
As for Talluto’s best stretch of the season, it took place between February 18 and March 4, encompassing games against Wagner, Albany, Hofstra, and Vermont. During this period, her individual efficiency rating jumped up to the 95th percentile. This high point was characterized by a top percentile shooting efficiency, a 69th percentile ball security, and a 78th percentile assist rate. In addition, Talluto had a significant share of the team’s shots (19.3%) and assists (19.0%), suggesting that she was very heavily involved during this period.
On the flip side, Talluto’s challenging stretch came between April 8 and April 19, featuring games against Siena, Mount St Mary’s, Niagara, and Manhattan. Despite Fairfield’s 3 – 1 record during this period, the same as her best stretch, Talluto’s individual efficiency rating dipped to the 33rd percentile. Her shooting efficiency, ball security, and assist rate all dropped to the 27th, 28th, and 29th percentiles, respectively. Furthermore, her shares of the team’s shots and assists declined to 14.3% and 2.9%, respectively.
The stark contrast between these two periods of Talluto’s season highlights the critical role of shooting efficiency in her performance. When her shooting efficiency was high, she was a formidable force on the field, contributing significantly to Fairfield’s successes. However, when her shooting efficiency dipped, her overall performance was adversely affected. Given the usage rate disparity, it seems likely that increased defensive attention could have been a root cause as well. The good news is that, given the 3-1 record in both periods, the Stags had other options that could step up and carry the flag.
In summary, Elizabeth Talluto’s 2023 season with Fairfield was one of significant growth in her individual efficiency and shooting efficiency. Her best performances were characterized by high shooting efficiency and a substantial share in the team’s shots and assists. Conversely, her challenging games were marked by a drop in these key statistics. Despite the ups and downs, Talluto consistently displayed a commendable level of skill and determination throughout the season. Her ability to contribute to the team’s success, regardless of her individual performance, speaks volumes about her resilience and versatility as a player.
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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.