Looking at Yoder’s usage within the team’s framework, there was a notable increase in her responsibilities. Her usage rate doubled from 4.5% in 2022 to 9.7% in 2023, and this was driven by her shooting volume, which also saw a significant rise from 9.2% to 17.1% as a share of the team’s shots. Such increases underscore Yoder’s importance to the Hawks’ offensive efforts and her willingness to take the initiative in games.
The contrast between Yoder’s best and worst stretches of the season offers a deeper insight into her performance. Her most productive period came between April 22 and May 5, against UMass, VCU, St. Bonaventure, and Richmond, where she achieved an individual efficiency rating in the 91st percentile. During these games, her shooting efficiency was int the 56th percentile, but most strikingly, her ball security was exceptional, ranking in the 97th percentile. Her assist rate also hovered around the median at the 48th percentile.
Conversely, Yoder faced challenges during her least effective stretch from February 15 to March 1, featuring matchups against Lehigh, Villanova, UConn, and Towson. In this interval, her individual efficiency plummeted to the 24th percentile. This dip was driven by a decrease in shooting efficiency to the 33rd percentile and ball security to the 51st percentile, and her assist rate was at a low 15th percentile. The stark disparity in ball security between her best and worst performances is evident and was the most salient factor affecting her game. But across the board, judging by these two stretches, her effectiveness grew as the season went along.
Despite Yoder’s personal ups and downs, the team’s performance remained consistent, as the Hawks recorded a 1 – 3 outcome in both her best and worst stretches. This suggests that while Yoder’s individual contributions certainly had an impact, the team’s fortunes did not hinge solely on her performance. The Hawks’ struggles were reflective of broader dynamics within the team that extended beyond the scope of any single player’s influence.
In summation, Maddie Yoder’s 2023 season was marked by significant personal growth in key areas of her game. Her increased involvement in the team’s offensive system, highlighted by a higher usage rate and more shots, was a testament to her developing skills and the coaches’ confidence in her abilities. She was less involved as an initiator this season, but Yoder’s progress, particularly in ball security and her finishing ability, made up for it.
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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.