Jan. 29, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"Well, wow, what a great game, it was a great win for us. Our kids came out and played extremely well, executed the game plan, and both ends performed today. This win was for our fans. For our fans that have been continuing to come to games and have been extremely loyal, it was a great game with the biggest crowd of the year. That win was for our fans."
On the difference between this game and the loss to Wisconsin:
"I think the bottom line is we played smart. We didn't play smart the last game. We were coming down and taking quick shots off the first pass, and we just didn't play smart. I think they executed the game plan, they bought in, they believed in each other, they played great as a team on offense, we had great ball reversal, and we took good shots on offense. When we do that it proves we have great players here, and when we execute on both ends of the floor... you know, I love this team."
On players coming in with a negative mindset after a rough patch:
"I don't think that's even in any of our players mindsets, as far as coming in here and not playing hard. These players are very competitive. The Big Ten is the Big Ten. Wisconsin's a great team, and I think what people don't understand is that it's about match-ups. Some teams you match up better with than others, and I thought we matched up better against Ohio State than we did against Wisconsin. I know that sounds crazy, but when you're playing great teams in the Big Ten, it's all about match-ups. I thought our players played hard, they played smarter. There were eight games left before tonight in the Big Ten, so there's a lot of season left."
Senior Guard Kiara Buford
On bouncing back after loss to Wisconsin:
"I came out and tried to play hard. I come into every game with the same mindset. I am going to do whatever it takes to make our team play well and get on a roll."
On guarding Tayler Hill:
"I have guarded her plenty of times in the past. I just try to play with intensity and be aggressive defensively and offensively."
On responding from in-game adversity:
"I think the way we responded after they made a big play kept us in the lead. It kept us motivated, we knew if we played smart and did not turn the ball over we would be in it."
Freshman Guard Rachel Banham
On consistent play and attitude today:
"None of us quit. When I was in foul trouble people were stepping up. No one quit and that is why we won."
On the big crowd:
"I thought it was really fun and exciting. When the crowd is really into it and standing up it helped us finish the game out."
On winning these kinds of games:
"Who doesn't want to beat a ranked team? Winning in front of all these people shows that we are a good team too. I think the crowd will come out and support us more."
Ohio State Head Coach Jim Foster
On the game:
"Minnesota did a great job on executing their shots this game. We were unfocused, unprepared and we took a lot of early shots."
"They played harder and worked harder then we did today."
Senior Guard Samantha Prahalis
On their offense:
"We didn't get the shots we wanted."
Junior Guard Tayler Hill
On what to do next:
"We need to get back to the little things."
On playing in Minnesota:
"Its only special playing here because of my friends and family. "
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