Jan. 10, 2013
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"Great win for us. It was a great win, a great all around game. We played extremely well in the first half, pretty flawlessly in the first half offensively and defensively. I think we came out very aggressive, I think we played tough tonight. I was very, very pleased with Micaëlla [Riché] and Kionna [Kellogg], I thought they had two of their better games. I thought Kionna her had best all around game since she's been here. It's nice to see Micaëlla start having consistent games. I thought it was a great win, great on the boards, had balanced scoring from a lot of people. We still have a lot of work to do. I think the last five minutes of the game we need to clean up, same as Wisconsin. We still have a lot of work to do but it was a great win."
On getting good positioning for rebounds:
"We wanted to outwork them. We wanted to outwork them and outhustle them. Just watching film, I thought that would be an advantage for us on the offensive boards to get second shots. We work hard, I think our team works really hard and I think they followed the game plan."
Minnesota Forward Micaëlla Riché
On her approach to the offensive rebounds:
"I know that coach really told us to outwork them and that was a big focus for today's game. I think I just focused on keeping myself moving the whole time and that would give me a better chance to get to the boards, and staying active."
On what this win solidifies:
"I just feel like we work really hard on non-game days whether we're in practice, we're in the gym, a lot of extra stuff. We're lifting, we're doing a lot of stuff and I feel like it's really shown off on game days."
Minnesota Guard/Forward Kionna Kellogg
On her thoughts on the game:
"I definitely think coming off Michigan and Wisconsin, we left defensive intensity and part of that is rebounding and finishing plays. The last couple days of practice that's been a huge focus and kind of getting back to the basics and doing what we do as a defensive team. I think that showed tonight."
On what she thinks has changed from the last game:
"I just think that we're working really hard. We're all invested, all bought in and we're ready to do what we need to do to turn this program around and represent Minnesota. I think it's individually and how we're coming together as a team and how much work we're putting in on and off the court."
Ohio State Head Coach Jim Foster
On how differently Minnesota looked than in years past:
"They're the same team. They've got number one and number fifteen. They both played at a high level and competed at a high level. The team is very patient which allows them to give Rachel Banham shots. Micaëlla Riché has improved a lot because she has a lot of passion for basketball and brings it every day."
On Tayler Hill's play:
"Tayler has strep throat and was playing sick today, but she deserves nothing but a ton of credit for the way she played. I wasn't sure she was going to play and she went out there and played 40 minutes. She was a real trooper because I think it meant a lot to her to play here in Minnesota, and that gave her some extra energy."
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