As the weeks go by, players build up their conditioning and confidence. They also build up their soft skills like communication, teamwork and leadership. When players have more wind, energy and confidence, they tend to increase their production and have break out games.
Speaking of Memphis, Jada Taylor's 2 three pointers was the turning point that helped Memphis to victory against the then undefeated UConn squad. She finished with 8 points 4 rebounds and 2 steals.
Maryland's Torri Lewis effortlessly broke out to lead the league in scoring this week with 17 points. She showed why she is heading to Ole Miss next fall and is one of the top scorers in the city as she knocked down 3 pointers and short floaters.
Tennessee's Kerrigan Braxton can shoot deep. I mean really, really deep beyond the 3 point line. This week she was dropping it off hitting 3 three pointers to finish with 13 points and 2 steals.
Notre Dame's Taylor Robertson returned to the league this week after taking the ACT last week and put up 14 points. Tennessee's athletic Lauren Taylor also returned to the league after a volleyball tournament last week scoring 14 points and grabbing 6 rebounds.
This week saw two more players join Tennessee's Brittni Moore in the Double-Double club. Stanford's Tamia Jones had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 1 block. Morgan Walton played an extra game with Stanford and finished with 12 points 12 rebounds and 1 block. Catie Shoemaker was a few points shy of getting a double-double, however, she did pull down 10 boards.
I love Tennesee's Bionka Massie's swag. She is another all around player that contributes in many ways to her team. She is confident. She is aggressive. She can distribute. She can score beyond the arc and by getting to the basket. She also gets to the line with her unique free throw shooting ritual of turning towards the three point line and touching it with a foot before shooting.
I love watching players grow. Notre Dame's Jayla Hemingway got on my radar at the 2012 Pre-Season Show Off Camp as an aggressive 6 grader that out played almost every player on the court. Now as an 8th grader, she is more under control and becoming a scoring team leader. She gets to the rack at will with creative counter moves. She's developing an eye for getting her teammates the ball. She does not back down from any opportunity to get buckets for her team or to deny her opponents from getting buckets.