“I think she started looking at herself as a defensive stopper and that was her role,” Littell said. “But we need her to score. She's one that can create off the dribble and do some things.
“We challenged her that she needed to find a way to go get 10 (points) and 8 (rebounds) every night … She needs to be a great defensive player, but she also needs to have the dimension to her game that ‘Hey, I'm a scorer.'”
Teammates also had to remind Martin to, simply, stop being nervous, a message she has focused on during the past two weeks.
“I feel a lot fresher,” Martin said. “I feel a lot more calm. It's a lot more fun when you're not playing so scared.”
Martin is sure to run into more bumps before her rookie season is over. She's still learning that players are quicker at this level and passing lanes are smaller. She's getting used to playing shooting guard, a position she never played in high school.
But Littell experienced a similar growing process last season with Liz Donohoe, who went on to win the Big 12 Freshman of the Year award. And he has similar confidence in Martin.
“She's got a lot of talent,” Littell said. “And we're going to put her out there and play through some mistakes.”