As long as she was in the gym putting up shots before and after practice, Jennifer O'Neill felt like she was doing her job.
"'I was in the gym, I shot,'" Kentucky's senior guard recalled her thoughts of the past few years.
But her assistant coaches have her thinking about that time in the gym a lot differently these days.
The Cats' leading scorer isn't just jacking up shots from all over the floor, she's now focusing on what she's doing when she's shooting, what she's doing when she's missing shots.
Assistant coach Tamika Williams has made the point clear to O'Neill: "She said: You shouldn't miss two in a row. If you miss, you should understand why you miss so you can correct it," the guard explained.
It's not about how many shots she gets up, but about the quality of the shots.
"I'm working on my mechanics, being attentive to my mechanics versus getting a certain amount of shots up," O'Neill explained on Friday, a couple of days before No. 11 Kentucky (17-5, 6-3 Southeastern Conference) heads to Vanderbilt.
That extra attention to detail has meant a huge statistical jump for Kentucky's senior guard, who went from shooting 25.4 percent from long range in non-conference play to making 43.8 percent of her three-point tries in league play.
Her 21 made threes in the past nine games already are four more than she hit in the Cats' first 13 games of the season.
"I feel the difference," said O'Neill, who leads the league in three-point percentage. "I really do feel a difference."
It's the little things, Coach Matthew Mitchell said. Things like follow-through, a slight hand swoop, an unnecessary hop.
"You just try to stay with it on the little things that matter and sometimes Jennifer struggles in those areas, and so we've just really tried to make it a point of emphasis for her in conference play," Mitchell said.
And it's not just about the quality of the mechanics for O'Neill, Mitchell said, it's also about Kentucky working harder to get good shots for her instead of just quick shots.
"Just trying to shoot inside-out threes instead of one-pass threes," Mitchell said. "We've done a much better job of that in conference play."
In SEC games, Kentucky is making 5.3 three-pointers a game, second-best in the league. That number needs to continue to rise if the Cats want a chance at a tournament title, Mitchell said.
With inconsistent play in the post and teams playing zone almost exclusively against the Cats, Mitchell said focus has turned to making UK a more dangerous three-point shooting team.
"People feel like the way to attack us is with a zone," he said. "So, you don't need to shoot a million of them, but you need to make a few."
Kentucky, which will try to win its eighth straight over Vanderbilt (13-10, 4-6) and its third in a row at Memorial Gym on Sunday, won't go into games hoping to make a certain number of three-pointers, though.
"We're really just trying to get the best shot that we can get."