IRVINE — There are plenty who would forgive Molly Goodenbour for reflecting on the past. In her third season as the UC Irvine women's basketball coach, Goodenbour is 29-52. The two years previous to that, she was 52-11 guiding Chico State, and her playing career includes helping Stanford win the 1992 NCAA crown, when she was named MVP of the Final Four.
But Goodenbour's thoughts have ambled further into her past, these days, as she considers a possible solution to a rough patch that has included three straight Big West Conference home losses. The latest of those was a 91-72 drubbing at the hands of UC Davis on Saturday that dropped the Anteaters (12-8, 4-4 in conference) from a three-way tie for third into sole possession of fifth in the nine-team conference.
"If we played six-on-six, we'd be great," said Goodenbour, who played the now-outlawed system during her junior high school days in Iowa, where the six-on-six scheme — that allowed three players to play exclusively on offense, with three others only on defense — was still used at the high school level into the early 1990s.