LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New Lady Raiders Coach Marlene Stollings knows a lot of work has to be done to return the Lady Raiders to the top of Women's College Basketball.
Under Marsha Sharp, the Lady Raiders made the NCAA Tournament 16 straight times and won a National Championship in 1993. Since 2006, they've only made the NCAA Tourney two times - in 2011 and 2013.
Coach Stollings is excited for the challenge ahead.
"I believe in Kirby's vision for the basketball program here and the fact that the program has experienced success on the level in which I desire to take it back again."
Stollings has made remarkable round ball renovations at her past three schools. In 2012, in her lone season at Winthrop, she led the Eagles to an 18-13 record, just their second winning season in 26 years.
In her second year at Virginia Commonwealth, she went 22-10 and led them to the WNIT. The last four years, she went 82-37 at Minnesota, with three 20-win seasons.
She believes in her process. So how long will it take to turn around a Lady Raider program that went 7-23 this past season and 1-17 in the Big 12?
"I'm not super patient, but I'm realistic. It certainly is a process, but it's one we are going to attack very aggressively and get going in the right direction as fast as possible."
The up-tempo style of play will help. Last season at Minnesota, they were 3rd in the nation in scoring behind UCONN and Baylor.
Coach Stollings is working hard hiring her staff and is hitting the ground running. She invites all of Lady Raider Nation to come back. Respect the process and in time this program will be something really special again.