Jan. 12, 2014
Minnesota's Head Coach Pam
I thought we were really, really good today and a big part of that was our defense. We defended really well, we defended everything they threw at us. I thought we took care of the ball very well and we rebounded the ball. I thought our three guards played with a lot of confidence today and they played really controlled us offensively and then controlled us defensely as well. This is a great win. Whenever you can win a Big Ten game in this league, it is a great win. And also on offense we had balanced scoring and that's something we've really been looking for. We've been looking for that third scorer but tonight we had six scorers. It makes everyone's job a little easier when everyone is making shots all over the floor.
How three point shooting tilted the game in Minnesota's favor...
Well I think we took good shots. I think we shot the ball very confidently. I think it gave us some room and really stretched out the score. And we need to keep doing that.
Rachel Bahman on watching the lead build...
I think we were just not supposed to settle. There are times when we decide to relax and teams come back on us. I think those last four minutes are usually where we struggle in other games to execute and I think that coach told us we have to keep going strong no matter how many points we were up by. So us guards were still trying to attack and score.
Sari Noga on stepping up...
Coach challenged me in the Iowa game to step up and be a senior and help this team out. And we needed a third scorer and it is my job, it is my senior year, I need to be that person or to help my team in anyway I can. I think it's just about being confident. I feel like I can do anything out there or I should be able to. And it feels really good to help our team.
Northwestern's Head Coach Joe McKeown
Minnesota played great and we made a little run in the second half but they just had every answer. They made a lot of shots and we struggled offensively when we could have scored and we couldn't defend. So it was a bad combination. We've been playing great... we played great at Nebraska on the road and we played great against Purdue but we just had a bad day. I have to give them a lot of credit.
How his team dealt with Zahui and Banham not being the only threats...
I thought they hurt you from every part of the floor today. They spread it out and had post players that could score inside. You know, Banham found those guys and got them open and they made shots. They came at big times. Whenever we tried to make a run it seemed like they made a big shot. And I felt like we didn't respond well. We were in foul trouble in my back court. Every one stepped up from Minnesota today and that's what we need to do to win.
It is always great to see my family and friends who are supporting me so it was really awesome. I enjoy playing in front of them and it was great.
On three point shots and the way that influenced the game...
They were making their shots and we weren't, basically. Nights like this are going to happen once in a while but a setback is a set up for a greater comeback but we are going to keep positive.
The defense and how that affected her game...
They played tighter than usual but nothing I can't handle.
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