“Basketball is not a very complicated game. It’s a simple game, but it’s hard to teach that and it’s hard to learn that because so many things change so rapidly,” Coale said. “For Nicole, the thing I noticed (against Kansas State) was she would not only take advantage of the help defender, she was also making the right reads on her own defender instead of premeditating. Like. ‘When I catch this I’m going to drop step and score.’ “
As a result, Griffin scored, but not only off the drop step. As Coale said, she “finished with a jump hook, she finished getting all the way to the rim, she had a drop step and she had a turnaround jump shot.”
It’s an interesting dichotomy. Relaxing enough to have that awareness, Griffin has also displayed greater hunger for the ball.
“It’s (the post) demanding for the ball and that’s what Nicole has been doing such a good job at,” point guard Morgan Hook said. “She’ll call for it and she’ll show me where she needs it and if she’s ready for it, she’s going to catch it. If I know she’s calling for it then I know she’s confident enough with her position, so I just throw it to her.”
Griffin is also grabbing more rebounds, averaging 4.8 this season, 4.6 against the conference, but 6.7 over her last seven games.
At a time her team really needs her, it all seems to be coming together for her.
“I’m confident, yes … I have been doing a lot better being more patient, which is the key to me getting better,” Griffin said. “That’s my main focus and I’ve gotten a lot better at that.”
Should it continue today, the Sooners could be in a very good place.
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