It's a common coaches' theme: They're perceived to be a lot better coaches when the ball goes in the basket.
Saturday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum, the ball didn't - at least often enough - and IPFW's women's team lost 69-66 to Southern Utah.
It's the first time that the Thunderbirds have beaten IPFW in seven games.
IPFW, one of the more deadly-shooting teams from the three-point line, went as cold as the Coliseum floor, hitting 3-of-24 from behind the line.
But that wasn't the only culprit.
IPFW got caught far too many times on back-cuts from Southern Utah, which made a respectful 24-of-52 shots from the floor.
I still think that IPFW will finish ahead of Southern Utah in the Summit League standings, because it's a better team.
Saturday, though, the Mastodons weren't.