Statistical Analysis of the 2014-2015 Kalamazoo College Women's Basketball Team Goals
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The 2014-2015 Kalamazoo College women's basketball team had the fourth best record in school history. This project examined whether the nine team goals that they selected were a factor in their success. The nine goals they sought to meet each game were: commit 15 or less turnovers, have 14 or more assists, shoot at least 75% from the free throw line, take 2 charges, shoot 20 free throws, have 14 offensive rebounds, hold the opponent below their average points per game, have more offensive rebounds than the opponent, and have more total rebounds than the opponent. After thorough statistical analysis and examination of win percentages, the goals were divided into three categories: highly effective, effective, and ineffective. The discovered results were that two goals were highly effective, two were effective, and five were ineffective. Taking this information into consideration, revised goals were suggested for the 2015-2016 season. These goals were based on a combination of last year's statistics, the team's personnel, and what will help the team win. The main objectives of these goals are to maximize the number and efficiency of Kalamazoo College's possessions, minimize the other team's possessions, and increase the probability that Kalamazoo's team will score more points than their opponent. The suggested goals are: commit less than 15 turnovers, shoot 20 free throws, have 14 or more assists, have an offensive rebounding percentage of 40%, shoot 75% from the free throw line, out rebound their opponent, and shoot at least a 40% field goal percentage. These seven goals each have a positive correlation to helping the team win and, if accomplished during a game, will provide the team with the best opportunity to succeed and be victorious.