Freshman making immediate impact

It's not often that a freshman can join a team like the Texas Tech Lady Raiders and make an immediate impact, especially when there is already an established starter at her position, but that's exactly what Alesha Robertson has been able to do. After leading the Lady Raiders in scoring in their two exhibition games, Robertson has scored in double digits during the first two games of the Preseason WNIT as well.

While it may not appear that the transition to the college level has been a challenge to Alesha Robertson, in reality it wasn't all that easy. "Obviously the intensity in college is a lot higher," said Robertson. The transition became a lot quicker after she scored her first couple of points as a Lady Raider. "After the first couple of shots, I started getting a lot more comfortable," said Robertson. Head Coach Marsha Sharp has high hopes for Robertson. "From my perspective she is the perfect three player in the college game," said Coach Sharp. Robertson is quick to credit her teammates with much of her early success. Erin Grant and Brooke Baughman have done a good job getting the ball to Robertson, while Jia Perkins adds some senior leadership to the mix.

Robertson isn't too concerned with playing time; instead she is focusing on putting up good numbers whenever she's on the court. "I think the biggest spot that I'm going to be able to help is just putting numbers on the board," said Robertson. One of the questions right now is whether Robertson is ready to take over for Natalie Ritchie. "I don't know how soon, or if, we'll start her. I think they're the senior's spots to keep right now," said Coach Sharp. "That's [starting] is definitely a goal I have, but I really support however she wants to put us in," said Robertson. "I just want to win."

Robertson has big hopes for this season. "Our first goal is to win the Big Twelve, and then definitely a national championship. I think that's been my goal ever since I was a real little girl," said Robertson. Robertson could be the piece that the Lady Raiders need to take that next step. Her versatility should be a huge asset as the season progresses, and she grows more comfortable on the court. Coach Sharp plans to take advantage of this, already Robertson has spent time playing in the post, something she spent a lot of time doing in high school. "We worked on some things with her at the four," said Coach Sharp. "We've always felt like she could give us some help there."


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