Jan. 12, 2012
No. 17/20 Purdue (14-3, 4-0 Big Ten) 72, Minnesota (10-8, 2-2 Big Ten) 55
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
January 12, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"We have to give Purdue credit tonight for playing a very good defensive game, obviously with Britney Rayburn going off of 38. I think coming into this game she was 1/9 from the 3 point line in the Big 10. I think she is a great player, a great shooter, and her teammates did a great job setting screens for her to get open, she just could not miss tonight. We just couldn't find an answer for her. We tried to switch up defenses a few times and she just kept coming back. We have to brush ourselves off, learn from this and get ready for Michigan on Sunday."
On feelings of this game against Purdue vs. last meeting against them:
"I think their defense was the same. I don't think our defense was the same. A lot of those shots taken tonight were missed so it made it a lot closer. We played better defensively but they just made some tough shots tonight."
On when it was 57-50 on Minnesota's way back, thoughts when they came down and hit a 3 right away:
"Well they had been hitting 3's all night and we knew we had to just buckle down, let that go and score offensively. We pulled it to 7 a couple times throughout the game and we just couldn't get over the hump. We needed to dig our heels in and get a couple stops and get our momentum going offensively. Every time I felt we made a run and cut the lead to 7 a couple of times, I just felt we couldn't get stops."
On defending against the 3 point shot:
"I think Rayburn hit some big shots all night and there were only a couple times where we weren't in her face. Our interior defense has been good all year, our players do a great job at helping each other out and our post players do a good job helping on ball screens. We really try to clog up the lane and they just made shots."
On missing shots from inside the lane and the next step:
"We need to continue to emphasize on finishing in the lane. We went 5/20 in the paint in the first half and we missed a couple wide open layups at the very beginning of the game and that is really deflating. it is a focus and mindset that we've got to make those.
Minnesota Guard Rachel Banham
On how she felt on the court:
"They were playing really good defense. It was hard to get in the sets and to get into the flow of things, I don't think we ever really felt comfortable."
Purdue Head Coach Sharon Versyp
"We just knew it was going to be a really tough game coming in at Minnesota. They played us tough at home, and we knew we needed to start shooting the basketball well. KK [Houser] did a great job, Sam Ostarello did some good things, and obviously Brittany [Rayburn] - we were trying to go to her as much as possible, when a player is hot. Minnesota is a very tough team, they've won a lot of home games, so obviously for us a road win is always very important."
On "if there was enough ice in the locker room" to cool off Brittany Rayburn:
"[Laughing] We definitely want to keep her hot for the next couple games. As you know, when players are in a groove, you just have to get them the ball. We are very fortunate in that our team has a better understanding of that and that we have to find her, and we did a good job of that tonight."
On keeping the Purdue players motivated when Minnesota kept coming close:
"I think the biggest thing was that we knew they were going to make a run, they're a good team. When we got ahead by fourteen, or then it was eleven, then they'd cut it to eight or seven, we knew we had to sustain their run and it was our turn to get back out there and were able to nail a shot, get a lay-up. We knew they were going to have some runs, there was no question about that, but we have played in some really close games and tough environments. Our non-conference continues to prepare our season."
On playing a great defensive game:
"We pride ourselves - I've always been a defensive coach, and defensive is the number one thing that can win championships if your shot's not falling in. We really believed in that, and I think our depth has been a big key this year. We have some depth that'll wear some teams down, and I think that's been a big impact for our team."
Purdue Guard Brittany Rayburn
On what she credits her three-point success to:
"KK [Houser] and the guards were looking for me, they were setting great screens. I can't credit myself for any of that, they had great screens. Coach was calling the plays and we were executing them to a T."
On the point she realized it was going to be a great night:
"I think it was when I made my second three in the first half. Starting the game two-for-two is a great confidence builder. We ran through the offenses and it was easy to shoot. It seemed easy, it was coming off easy, and players were setting me up left and right, making me wide open. They were easy shots to hit."
On what being in "the zone" feels like:
"It's fun. That's the type of thing - the exaggeration is that you're throwing it in the ocean. It felt good every time it was coming off, and the basket felt huge, and I was getting open shots within the offense because we were setting good screens to get me wide open. Those were easy shots to hit. It just comes within the flow. Offenses are running, we have a lot of options within our offenses, and somebody else had a shot, we'd encourage them to take it, or give it to me, and if I was open I'd shoot it. But they kept encouraging me to keep shooting and keep shooting, so that's what I did."
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