As the Lady Vols left Texas on Sunday they took with them their eighth win of the season.
Evina Westbrook left The Lone Star State having tallied her fourth 20 or more points performance of the year. The to-date performance a far cry from her first season on Rocky Top.
“Last year Evina was a freshman running a basketball team,” Lady Vols Head Coach Holly Warlick explained. “It’s difficult to come in and be a freshman and be at the point. There’s a lot on you. She’s matured, she’s grown, she’s let the game come to her.”
In the maturity Westbrook finds herself scoring nearly double what she did a year ago, averaging 16.62 points per game. The guard also setting new career highs in five major categories through just eight games.
“I grew a lot more mentally and just figured out what I need to bring to this team and that’s overall just my leadership,” Westbrook said. “My team goes as I go.”
Against Texas, Westbrook played a season high 40 minutes going three of four from three point range posting 23 points and six assists in the 88-82 win.
“I thought Evina did a great job of running her basketball team, I have a lot of confidence in her,” Warlick said. “I let her call some things. When she’s there I thought we got great looks and when you get great looks your offense is going to look really good.”
The Lady Vols will return to Knoxville for final exams before hosting No. 11 Stanford on Dec. 18.