Jan. 31, 2013
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"Great win. I thought our team played extremely well, came in and played extremely hard and very focused on our game plan. I thought it was a very well played game by both teams. Obviously when you can get two teams shooting 49%, 59% and low on turnovers and high in assists, it's a very well played game. Just happy we came out on top. A lot better performance by our team."
On how big ball control was:
"Huge. Against their zone just reversing the ball, taking good shots, taking the right shots for the right people. Not turning the ball over because they play the passing angles extremely well. I think we had two turnovers until the last two minutes of the game. I thought we moved the ball extremely well, penetrated the gaps in the zone and we knocked shots down."
Minnesota Guard Sari Noga
On a summary of her play tonight:
"I had some opportunities to hit some open shots and I think I did that pretty well. I think reversing the ball was key for us tonight. I was able to find Kayla [Hirt] and Rachel [Banham] on some open shots. We were able to find the open person which was a big part of the win for us tonight."
Minnesota Guard Rachel Banham
On if she thought the team had to win tonight:
"Definitely, this is the time to win; we can't waste any more games.
We really needed this win and now we have to roll with it."
Michigan Assistant Coach Melanie Moore
"Minnesota shot the ball very well. [Rachel] Banham is a terrific player, and we had trouble defending her."
On struggles defensively:
"(Minnesota) moved the ball, and we were slow getting out on their shooters. (Minnesota) hit from the outside. They were nine-of-seventeen from (three-point range). We did not get stops there for a while. When we did, it would be their ball out of bounds. It was hard for us to get stops."
On offensive struggles in the second half:
"I think in the second half we got kind of tight. We were rushing shots, and we did not find Kate Thompson in the second half like we did in the first half."
On bouncing back and moving forward:
"(This game) shows we need to bring it every night. The Big Ten is a great conference. It is tough to win on the road, so we have to bring it every night."
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