Darrice Griffin came off the bench to play a great game on both sides of the ball. During her 14 minutes on the court Griffin scored 10 points, grabbed 3 rebounds, blocked a few shots, and most importantly provided a defensive spark to a Lady Raider team that only lead by 2 with a little over 12 minutes left to play. Griffin looked to be a player who is ready to take on the battles on defense, and make sure every possession counts.
After the game Griffin said that the biggest change she has had to adjust to from high school to college basketball is the fact that, "every possession counts and the game is more intense."
The player of the game was Senior Center, Cisti Greenwalt. Greenwalt went 8 of 11 from the floor, a perfect 3 for 3 from the free throw line, had 10 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots.
"She's going to have to be the one we go to in the middle," Coach Sharp said.
Coach Sharp is concerned about the team's perimeter defense, saying, "I don‚t think we're getting down and stopping the dribble as much as we need to."
She does feel comfortable in this team's ability to play 8 deep, and for the time being that might be all the Lady Raiders can do until the rest of the team gains more experience.
Erin Grant, one of the Lady Raiders team leaders, believes that the team is getting there in terms of the team being where she'd like it to be.
"Defense is the main key, that's what we will need to focus on, and that's what's going to win us games," Grant said.
Grant also believes that playing against this caliber of team helps in the long run.
"In the Big 12 we have to get down a guard the perimeter, and we still need to work on that this week."
Texas Tech continues to work on working the new faces into the fold. Judith Smith and Darrice Griffin are two freshman players to watch out for this year. The speed and athletic ability increase dramatically when these two step on to the court.