by Barca Blog - Here's a photo of senior Jennifer Risper with family members outside The Pit last night.
No doubt about it, Risper and fellow senior Christina Wirth played like they didn't want their Commodore careers to end Monday night. During the postgame press conference, Kansas State senior forward Marlies Gipson complimented Risper's passion for the game.
"Risper is just a great player," Gipson said of Risper, who had a career night with 27 points, five rebounds and three steals. "Her heart is so big and her will to play the game is so big. She's a great player."
Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb also reflected on the importance of having players like Risper and Wirth in the program.
"These are two players that I can't say enough about," remarked Balcomb. "I don't know if I have ever had any players that work as hard as they do every single day, but its for the team, its not for themselves and its just a pleasure to coach kids like that. It's never been about them and in turn good things are happening to them. It's a great lesson to learn."