Postgame Quotes

Jan. 19, 2012

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Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton 

Opening statement: 
"I'm very proud of the team for bouncing back after the last two games especially after the loss to Michigan. I was very proud of how we approached the game mentally. I think we did a great job of attacking on both offense and defense. I think Kiara got back into her game which is getting into the lane and attacking, two things she's really good at. I thought Leah did a great job on defense and creating havoc on the ball. I think we put a lot of pressure on them in the first half and it really set the tone for the team. But this is a great win against a great team, Michigan State. We had a lot of people stepping up, we had three players in double digits and others at eight and nine and that is what we need from this team, a lot more balanced scoring and we've got it."

On inside the paint shooting:
"I challenged the seniors after our last game and I thought Jackie really stepped up and really answered the call tonight. I thought she played tough and found a way to finish under the rim which is necessarily a strength of hers but I thought she did a great job. I thought Micaella did a great job coming up off the bench and giving us some scoring in the post. We need that from her, we've been waiting for her to do that that for a long time and hopefully she can grow from this."

On preparation and learning from Michigan game:
"I thought we were prepared, I thought our team was prepared today. They went into the same defense today as Michigan at the end of the game and I saw that on film, we were prepared for that at shoot around this morning. I think our players were a lot more comfortable knowing where the holes were and knowing what we needed to do to attack it and I thought they did a great job."

Does this win show where this team is at
"I think in the past we had Michigan States number and in past years they've had our number for a lot of different reasons and I think it's back on the upswing. The program is headed in the right direction in beating a great team like Michigan State. Also we need to protect our home court and I think we can win the rest of the games on our schedule if this team tonight shows up. I think we just need to be consistent each and every player individually, do what they do well. We're a great team when that happens so we just need to be consistent going forward."

Minnesota Player Quotes

Freshman Guard Rachel Banham 

On when the lead dwindled down, if it reminded her of the Michigan game.
"It kind of reminded me of the Michigan game but this time we stayed poised and we knew what to expect. We settled down a little, ran our plays and hit shots."

On not hitting any three's, but taking more jumpers
"Lately my 3's have been going in, but I think my jump shot and floaters have always been a big part of my game since high school, so I have been working a lot on that, too. They were falling for me today and I'm glad. I need to get those back instead of just settling for outside shots." 

Senior Guard Kiara Buford

On Michigan State pulling within six points in the second half
"We were just so focused on our game plan, on executing and doing the little things. I don't think I looked up at the clock until there was 1:18 left. I had no idea that we were near the end. We were so locked in to what we were doing and trying to execute and pull it through until the end."

On how she felt on her shooting tonight
"I felt good. I don't think that my hand interfered with my shooting. I came to the gym, got some nice shots up... I had to really establish myself back in the paint. I was taking a lot of outside shots to start the last couple of games off, but tonight I just really tried to do what I do best." 

On Jackie Voigt's play tonight
"Jackie came in and played well. The last couple days of practice I noticed a little extra bounce in her step and she just had more confidence in her game. Taking the shots and knowing that she could make them was a big part of her being successful today."

Michigan State Head Coach Suzy Merchant

General Thoughts
"The free throw line sticks out, being 38 free-throws to 15. It was disappointing."

On The slow start
"I felt like we were lack-luster on both ends of the floor. I thought our offense was a little sluggish and then, we could not play defense. It was a recipe for disaster. (Minnesota) did not run a play we were not expecting and we were getting good looks, we just did not make open shots."

On Consistency
"I am really disappointed in the way we defended. There are a few players that need to play a whole lot better, that is for sure. I feel like we are just not getting the consistency we need. Defensively, I feel all of a sudden it is not important to the team anymore."




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