Originally Posted by stu
I see Erica has now played in 2 games at UNC. She's averaging 22.5 minutes, 8 points, and 6 rebounds - all far above her stats at Cal. I'm glad to see things seem to be working out for her.
I saw part of Erika's second game on Wednesday - I tuned in during the second half because I noticed that UNC was somehow struggling at home vs. East Carolina. Anyway, Erika was trusted to play most of the last 14 minutes in a close game and looked OK on both ends of the floor.
The temptation is to think that UNC's coaches have done a better job figuring out how to use her but actually their offensive style suits her much better. At Cal she was usually playing with 2 posts clogging the middle and 2 dominant guards, so she really couldn't play her natural attacking style and looked lost. But on Wednesday, she received the ball a lot more and with more spacing in UNC's middle, she was able to attack the basket and rarely had to shoot from the outside. She looked comfortable and confident but it didn't give me any reason to believe that she would have progressed as much had she stayed at Cal - in our offense she might have remained the same 5th wheel that we saw last season.
I have no idea how next year's UNC recruits will impact her playing time but I hope the decision to transfer continues to suit her.