Feb. 24, 2013
No. 22 Purdue (20-7, 9-5 Big Ten) 75, Minnesota (16-2, 5-9 Big Ten) 63
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
On the game:
"I thought it was a well-played game. We put ourselves in position to win. Our inability down the stretch to get stops really affected us. Our inability to finish at the basket really affected us as well. Four of Purdue's starters really stepped up. I felt our bench really did not step up tonight and that is really what you need in a game like this."
On Purdue's defensive changes in the second half:
"Well they double-teamed Rachel [Banham] almost every time she had the ball. I thought we had some open shots and good looks in the paint and just did not finish."
On guarding Courtney Moses:
"I felt we lost her from times. We mixed up on some guard-to-guard screens with some young players on the court. I thought she really came out and set the tone for the team."
Minnesota Guard Rachel Banham
On what she saw in the second half:
"I think the first half was much easier for me. They double-teamed me in the second half. I was not able to hit shots and that forced other people to step up, but it was definitely much harder in the second half."
Purdue Head Coach Sharon Versyp
On the game:
"Anytime you play here at Minnesota, you know it's going to be a tough game. It's very tough to win here. They came off a very exciting last-second shot to beat Ohio State on Monday. We've been struggling a little bit, and I really felt that our players had some fun out there, played with a lot of passion, played on both ends of the court, and really shared the basketball today. We're finally kind of back to how we were playing earlier before we started losing a couple games."
On coming off a two-game losing streak:
"Teams beat you, we beat teams. When you lose one and you're on the other end you just have to refocus and just try and tell the kids, we're getting back and we're getting loose, having fun. I feel like they played a great game inside, outside. I think that makes a big difference. This team always fights; they got a will, a fight. With everything that's been going on with our group, with different circumstances, they have the will to fight."
On their defense:
"I felt out post players were locked in a little bit better. The first half we just tried to hedge [Rachel] Banham and force her to go left. That didn't work very well but we double-teamed the second half to try to get her to give up the ball and have other people beat us. You have to have that much respect for a player. She hit some tough shots that first half. I'll watch it over and over on film. She's fun to watch, not fun to play against, but you have to give credit where credit is due."
Purdue Guard KK Houser
On her second-half play:
"I think I just let the game come to me in the second half. In the first half I just tried to really get my teammates involved. Sometimes I get in a rut of just forcing shots up. In the second half, I just let it come to me."
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