Nobles Shines In Win

Shauntal Nobles led the way off the bench for the Lady Raiders with 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

The beginning of the season, sophomore Shauntal Nobles got the opportunity to be in the starting five for Lady Raider head coach Kristy Curry.

But only four points and seven rebounds through two games against New Mexico and Houston was not enough to lock down Nobles spot in the starting lineup.

Since being benched, in the two games before Wednesday's meeting with Texas State, Nobles had scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds in back-to-back games against Central Arkansas and Louisiana-Monroe, showing her power off the bench.

Against the Bobcats it was another quality night for the sophomore coming off the pine as she got her first double-double of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds, 10 of those coming offensively.

"Of course it felt really good, I just wanted to do my best to go out there and contribute to the team," Nobles said about her performance. "It wasn't just me tonight either, it was a complete team effort, everybody worked really hard on defense, and we were able to get a lot of steals and be able to convert."

Last season Nobles, as a freshman then, played in 33 games and got six starts for the Lady Raiders. She averaged just 2.3 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game for the 2010-2011 season.

Entering the Texas State game, Nobles was averaging 6.2 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game, a considerable improvement from last season.

"I think from Shauntal, just working on her offensive game," Curry said. "Her finishes inside, her face-up, just working on her ability to go up stronger and finish inside and be a power post presence for us."

For Nobles she said the summer was good to her for her to get better and become a bigger offensive threat for the Lady Raiders.

Tech's powerful bench scored 36 points for the Lady Raiders and Nobles was a big part of that especially when senior Kierra Mallard struggled in the first half.

Curry said it is nice to have that kind of play to come off the bench and have some options at the post position as well.

"Just a lot of energy," she said about Nobles play. "You can look at her stat line, anytime you see the offensive rebounding column like that, shows how hard you're playing. I thought she really gave us a spark off the bench."

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