Jan. 23, 2014
Head Coach Pam Borton
I was very proud of our team for everything that they showed tonight. They showed a lot of mental maturity after coming off of the road and having two tough overtime losses. Losses like those can take the wind out of a team, but we stepped up and played great in the second half and down the stretch. The way we played tonight showed us that we can defend and rebound better than in previous matches. I feel as though we played extremely efficient by shooting 61% and playing great defense. We kept our concentration without any mental lapses and it was a great win for our team.
On second half adjustments...
We had a post presence in the second half offensively. We played with a little bit more tempo in the second half and had some more flow to our play. We were stagnant in the first half and seemed to be content to watch Rachel shoot the ball, but everyone stepped up in the second half and hit some shots and made great plays.
On whether this was a must-win game...
I don't think it was a must win game. If we looked at the schedule and didn't see any winnable games then it would have been, but these last two games showed us that we were competitive to the very end. It's tough to win on the road, so this was an important game at home but not a must-win.
On whether this game was a launching pad into the rest of the Big Ten season...
I think it was important for us to win at home and protect our home court. The only way to stay competitive in this league is to win our games at home and win a couple on the road because it is so difficult to win on the road. Hopefully this launches our players into playing with confidence after the last few games, and we have to take the schedule one game at a time.
On bouncing back from two frustrating overtime losses and winning at home...
It was good especially after those two losses its always tough especially on the road its nice to come back home and win in front of our own crowd. I think its good especially going into Penn state just to get us a little momentum and a little bit more confidence.
Coach talked to you about rebounding before the game...
Yeah we've been working on it a lot the past couple of days I think at halftime we knew we had to step it up. It didn't feel good out there we didn't feel like we had a good pace going so I think it was a collective effort. Everyone was rebounding and hustling for loose balls and just getting it done.
After a frustrating first half...
Not really, the only thing that was frustrating was missing some of the shots I usually can make but I thought other people were doing other things. There's going to be games where I'm not going to be making shots like I have been the last few games so I kinda just have to let it go, they'll come again.
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