Feb. 17, 2013
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"It's tough to win when you shoot 37% from the floor and give up 41 points in the second half. I thought it was critical for Rachel [Banham] to get into foul trouble with 9.5 minutes left in the half and we just needed some other people to step up and hold down the fort for a minute. If we're not going to be able to score, then we've got to be able to do it on the defensive end. Again, I thought it was a defensive breakdown in the last 10 minutes of the game."
On Northwestern's points in the paint:
"I thought it was if not the most, one of the top two or three points that they've scored in the paint all year. I feel like it's one of our weaknesses."
On Rachel Banham's foul trouble:
"We put our players in situations a lot in practice where Rachel is not on the floor and they have to play without her. We've got to be able to get Micaëlla [Riché] more touches on the block. She's our go-to player inside and I feel like we didn't get her the ball enough and get her as many touches as we wanted throughout the game."
Minnesota Guard Rachel Banham
On Northwestern's defense and getting into foul trouble:
"The defense was good; they were kind of doing a box-and-one type style of defense, so it was tough to play against that. On the defensive end I made some mistakes by committing bad fouls. Going forward I just need to play smarter than that."
Northwestern Heah Coach Joe McKeown
"Just a great hard fought game. We made a couple of plays in the last four minutes I thought were crucial. It's hard to go out in Minnesota, they can score in so many ways. I thought the last seven, eight minutes we made good decisions. Just a hard fought, hard nosed game. The crowd was terrific, it was a good atmosphere."
On Rachel Banham being on the bench in foul trouble:
"Banham is a great player and she's playing great. When you watch them on tape, what happens is her teammates are feeding off of her, playing well off of her. There's a lot of clichés in coaching but she's making everybody on the court better. When she did go out, they still ran their offense well, it's just that I think it helped us a little bit, we were able to score. When she came back she hit a 40-footer to get it to three. You have to guard her coming out of the dorm. Just amazing range."
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