There are a number of factors involved in Martin's
increased rebounding production, which includes averaging 11.3
over the last four games.
To start, the graduation of
Breanna Lewis has opened the door to more opportunities.
Martin's experience certainly helps, too. Plus, she said she's
constantly challenged at practice.
"As a freshman
you're just kind of figuring things out. The past four years
I've had the opportunity in every game to learn from previous
games and previous seasons," she said. "The coaching staff and
the practice players, especially, they don't take it easy on
me, so I definitely have to work against them to get
Another significant factor, Mittie said, is
Martin's ability to apply coaching instruction
For example, in K-State's win over UT
Arlington earlier this season, the Wildcats were struggling to
grab rebounds early. Mittie then told Martin to pick it up in
that area specifically, and by the end of the game she had
collected a career-high 15 — a number she has hit twice this
"It sounds simple, but players get it clouded
in their head of other things they think they should be
doing," Mittie said. "She has the unique ability to say, 'OK,
Coach. I'll go do that one thing.'"
performance against UT Arlington, Martin became the first
Wildcat to record 15 or more rebounds twice in a season since
Nicole Ohlde did so in the 2002-03 season. Martin, who had 11
rebounds in Saturday's 66-51 win over Little Rock, said she
wants to total at least 10 every game. Ultimately, however,
she wants her team's rebounding to improve as a whole,
regardless of what that means for her numbers.
somebody else is picking up rebounds, I'll hold off my
offensive person to get them those rebounds because it just
kind of depends where you are on the court," Martin said. "If
I have somebody that I have to keep off the glass, then I'll
sacrifice rebounds for our team to get it."
unselfishness, Mittie said Martin possesses a few key traits
that allow her to clean up the glass so well.
really starts with her effort," Mittie said. "What Shae has
improved so much is her timing. Some players have a nose for
the ball. You always hear that, the timing, the instincts, all
those things. I wouldn't say that Shae has just the instincts,
necessarily. What she has is the toughness, desire,
At 6-foot-1, those innate characteristics
help the Salina native make up for a lack of relative height.
Personally, she said it almost completely boils down to having
the right mindset.
"It's almost 100 percent that. I
know I'm capable of doing it, and it's just a matter of how
much I'm willing to fight to get it. That goes for everyone.
Going into games you just have to have the mindset that every
board is mine and that's kind of where I've been the past few
games," Martin said. "If I'm asking my younger teammates to go
after rebounds, then I have to show them that I'm willing to
go after it too."
As K-State looks to strengthen its
team rebounding numbers, the Wildcats can individually look to
Martin as a blueprint.
"She's a great example," junior
guard Kayla Goth said. "She doesn't necessarily out jump the
gym but she definitely reads the ball really well and just
goes and gets it. So as long as our young ones are looking at
that and looking at what she's doing to get those boards,
that's a really good example for them to have."
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