Feb. 7, 2013
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"I was really proud of this team for bouncing back after the Nebraska game on the road. I'm very proud of the defense and the rebounding that we displayed. Tonight we looked like a Minnesota basketball team. We out-rebounded them by 14 and execution on offense was great; we had great contributions from everybody. We followed the game plan and forced them to take a lot of outside, contested shots. Micaëlla Riché and Katie Loberg did a great job getting rebounds."
On the defense tonight:
"I thought we played outstanding defense tonight. It all started with the post and that is where we need to play our best. We have a lot of respect for what Morgan Johnson does and I thought we did a great job staying on shooters. Micaëlla and Loberg were extremely well disciplined on defense which forced them to take the tough, contested shots."
On the defensive game and the sluggish start to second half:
"I think it was a great defensive battle between two teams. We got off to a sluggish start at the beginning of the second half where we played a little too comfortably, but I thought it was a very well played defensive game at the beginning of the game. I was excited to see us setting the tone on our rebounding and allowing them to only take one shot per possession. I thought right away that if this is the way the game is going to go, then we're going to win."
Minnesota Guard Rachel Banham
On bouncing back after Nebraska:
"I think I just had a lot of confidence and I was attacking the rim. That's something I need to do from the start."
On adjusting with 4 fouls:
"We switched up match-ups so I guarded somebody that I could play off of a little bit, so I think that helped."
Minnesota Forward Micaëlla Riché
On slowing down Morgan Johnson:
"The coaches did a good job with scouting, telling us exactly what to do and how to defend her. We just did what they told us and we focused on staying active and fronting. We had help defense so it was really just following the game plan."
On 13 rebounds tonight:
"I just got it done. I just crashed the rebounds and it just happened."
Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder
"I thought Rachel Banham was fantastic tonight. She was the back-breaker for us. I thought she hit some really tough shots in the first half while we were contesting her. The (shot) that broke our back was the three-point shot (late in the game.) We had played really good defense for 28 seconds and then with two seconds left she pulls up to hit the deep three to put (Minnesota) up six."
On their top scorers poor shooting night:
"I think defensively (Minnesota) did a good job. The last few games we have not shot the ball well. It will be interesting to look at the film to see if we missed open shots or if we did not get good shots. I think Minnesota's defense was very good, but we are not going to win many games shooting 27%."
On Minnesota kids coming back home:
"They were excited about coming home and playing here and having the opportunity to be back in their home state. They were very excited."
On the lack of rebounding:
"We did not crash (the glass) very well. There were 47 opportunities to get offensive rebounds, and we get nine of them. That is not very good. The rebounding margin is very disappointing for us."
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