"I told her that she averaged 14 rebounds a game in junior college. She had better rebound today, or she would be sitting," Foley said. "It was kind of a threat, but she responded. She gave us another dimension at (power forward). She played inside but was able to come out and hit the 3. We had three players hitting the 3 (Monday), and that's tough to defend."
With a vote of confidence and a threat of inactivity, Aleshire responded with strong defense in the paint, bumping and grinding with bigger players to get position.
"When I saw the starting lineup, I was surprised," Aleshire said. "I saw I was inside and said, 'Oh my God,' because I didn't get focused for that girl. I had to pull out the scouting report and read it quick. It was OK because I love to play post defense. It's not that I don't have confidence, but I get nervous when I have to face a guard. In the post, I love to get in there and get physical."