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Go Gophers!

Jan. 29, 2014

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Head Coach Pam Borton

Opening Statement

I thought it was a very poor display of basketball tonight from our team, especially offensively. It comes down to fundamentals it comes down to scoring easy baskets inside. We've been off to a slow start, we missed a lot of layups inside. We didn't attack the zone in the second half. I thought we were very lucky going into halftime down by 6 after missing 9 layups in the first half. It all comes down to fundamentals we got good shots just a poor night offensively.

Coach on the 20-2 run by Iowa in the second half...

We didn't score. I thought we stopped rebounding the basketball, I thought we did a good job of rebounding in the first half. We kept them to 64 points when they're averaging 82 per game on the year and 41% from the floor. Offensively nothing was going in, not even layups.

Shayne Mullaney on what it felt like on the floor during the game...

It didn't feel like we were in a rhythm and we weren't finishing our shots inside or the guards, me personally didn't do a good job attacking off the dribble, and creating shots for others, which is my responsibility.

Coach on the four guard lineup during the second half...

We were trying to find someone that worked. I thought Micaella Riche played poorly, I thought Amanda Zahui B. played poorly. I think when you start the game like that and young et yourself down the way we did and were getting good shots you just got to rip up your game plan and find players that work together and play well.

Coach on addressing the teams shooting difficulties before the next game...

I think when you're scoring easy baskets from the inside it opens the perimeter for your guards and I don't think we attacked the zone very well. I thought we were swinging the ball around and not attacking seams and when you're not finishing inside it puts more pressure on the guards to attack the lane and now their taking shots with 2 or 3 people on them. You've really got to establish a post presence inside where you start so you can establish yourself in there and open up the perimeter a little bit.

Kayla Hirt on keeping the momentum going when you find a rhythm early on...

I just need to play confident. Coming out of the second half I need to work on being more consistent.

Coach on Hirt playing more minutes in tonight's game than Riche...

I think we've been thinking about that for the past few games so its still in conversation right now.

Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder

Opening Statement

It was a great road win for us, and I feel that we are doing well on the road. We are 3-1 on the road in the Big 10, and I credit that to our captains and senior, Theairra, they set the tone and mindset. This game, they did set the mind set correctly, even when Minnesota took the lead in the second half. We regrouped and went on a 20-2 run. We had great stops and adjustments on our team. We are one point away from having five players averaging double digits each game, and I love the balance of our team.

Coach on getting open shots...

We pushed the ball well, and especially in the second half stretch with our 20-2 run. We had some higher percentage shots then, and when we became more patient, it showed. We took too many three's if the first half, which is fine if you are making them, but we were not so I am glad we adjusted to pulling back and getting the ball inside.

Coach on Minnesota's push in the final two minutes...

We were up 18 points in the last two minutes, and we let up. I subbed in new players, and there was not an excuse for the loss of grounds.

Coach on Iowa's strategy to minimizing Banham on the court...

We focused on our zone, and we have respect for Rachael's skills. We depended on our defense and players stepping in with screens, blocks and anything else we needed.

Theairra Taylor on having a low point game..

It didn't bother me that I had a low point game, I was glad our team stepped in for great shots and passes so that we could succeed.

Taylor on overcoming her ACL injuries...

I try to block out the past, and focus on playing as healthy as I can, and block out anything else.

Coach on Taylor's ACL injuries...

It's hard to block out the past, and she has been a great Hawkeye. We are so appreciative of her on the team, and I  can't imagine this team without her.

Coach on Iowa's upcoming schedule...

We take it one game at a time, and that is all we can do. If you look at the big picture, we can break it down into weeks, games, etc, but we focus on our next game, which is Nebraska at home. The next game has our complete focus.