Jan. 20, 2013
Nebraska (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) 84, Minnesota (13-6, 2-3 Big Ten) 63
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton Quotes
On the game:
"We have to give Nebraska a lot of credit, they came ready to play. Right from the start, we got ourselves in a hole and that set a tone for us for the rest of the game. Nebraska came in with their backs against the wall after losing two games and they knew this was a must-win for them. This was a must-win for us as well; we felt a need to protect our home court, but we need to regroup and get ready for Penn State."
On not being able to come back in the second half:
"I think we tried to switch up defenses as much as we could. We had some mismatches at the post position. Every defense we switched into had breakdowns, but I thought we made a great run in the first half and we were lucky to only be down three points at half. Unfortunately, in the Big Ten if you give up 84 points you aren't going to win many games."
On the lack of offense in the second half:
"They really packed in the lane after our penetration in the first half. Everyone has been honing in on Micaëlla [Riché] recently and we need to be a little more aggressive taking the ball to the rim. We're getting a lot of shots but they're not going in. We did a decent job of getting to the free throw line in the first half but we need to protect the ball better."
On how the team will respond going forward:
"The team will respond. This team has a lot of character and has worked hard all year. We had a tough game at Purdue and I felt that this team also responded well to Nebraska's early run. Defensively, we had a lot of breakdowns."
On these last two losses being motivation moving forward:
"We don't talk about losing two games in a row. Every team matches up differently to certain types of play, but the Big Ten is the Big Ten and you have to bring your "A" game every single night in order to be competitive down the stretch. Nebraska took it to us right from the beginning, and even though we responded well in the first half I don't think we did as well in the second half."
On how the fans were today with a season-high attendance:
"They were there to the end. The fans are always there through thick and thin. I thought everyone came out and supported, and we did a great job getting people to come out and watch us play. We had a lot of support for what we were trying to accomplish and that's a testament to great fans."
Minnesota Forward Micaëlla Riché
On losing at home:
"I mean that was embarrassing, really. Mostly tired of hearing mismatch in the post, post defense and stuff. We have a lot to work on. We can't let that happen again because that's just depressing."
On what made Lindsey Moore tough tonight:
"She's a good guard. She's creative, she's smooth, she's quick. She can handle the ball, she can shoot. She got a couple of penetrations on us. She's just a good player and we have to figure out how to stop her sooner than 40 minutes after the game's done."
Minnesota Guard Shayne Mullaney
On what made Lindsay Moore tough tonight:
"We needed to do a better job in stopping her in transition, not letting her get to the rim, and our help defense too."
Nebraska Head Coach Connie Yori
On the game:
"Just generally, I thought we were very aggressive offensively, both in transition and quarter-court. I thought we had a really good attack mode today."
On what changed in the second half:
"I thought we played well in both halves. I thought we played well on offense. If this league, if you can score 40 a half, you have a really good chance of winning. They mixed their defenses, so sometimes that keeps you off balance. We saw a variety of defenses. I thought we got a little bit more of a handle on it as the game got going."
On Lindsey Moore's play:
"Lindsey's a really good player. She can put up those types of numbers. She's had a great career for us. She's a very well-rounded point guard. She can do a lot of things. There's a lot of point guards who can distribute, but she can distribute and score and rebound. She had deflections and steals today. You can't get a lot better stat line than what she had today."
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