.............and here's another thing that we're overlooking.
Nikki really HASN'T done a poor job recruiting. In her first recruiting class she got..
Krystal Forthan 6'4" - McDonalds All American, #5 rated HS player in the nation
Sheila Boykin 6'2" - #27 rated HS player in the nation
In her second class she got.....
Danielle Ballard 5'9" - #27 ranked HS player in the nation
Kuaneshia Baker 5'10" - Louisiana HS player of the year
Derreyal Youngblood 6'4" - One of the top HS players in Louisiana
In this upcoming recruiting class thus far...
Raigyne Moncrief 5'10" - WBCA All American, #18 ranked HS player in the nation
Laquinta Jefferson 6'0" - NJCAA All American
Also, keep in mind that the CURRENT starters are supposed to be.........
Ballard / Lutley
Either of THOSE teams would've beaten UK AND Tennessee. No one could've known that Forthan, after having played so well in the NCAA tournament, would leave the program to become a "model" in May..........catching the coaching staff completely by surprise. Remember.........? Forthan Leaving to be a Model
So, again..........give Nikki time. She had a "franchise" type player leave unexpectedly and was left with the current team. The team, as frustrating as they are(and they are DEFINITELY testing my patience
) are actually getting better. A month ago, UT would've blown this team out. I really hope that this team starts to understand the kind of effort and FOCUS they need to be able to beat teams like UT, UK, and TAMU. Hopefully before this season is over but, definitely next season when Plaisance, Kenney, Lutley, and McKinney will be seniors......and Ballard, Baker, and Youngblood will have a year under their belt.
By the way, FWIW, a friend of mine who was at the game said that Nikki was trying to call a timeout before that last play but, neither the players nor the refs saw her.
This post was edited on 2/8 at 9:11 am