Feb. 27, 2014
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
We knew today was going to be a battle and it definitely was. I saw a little bit of fatigue from our players, but we pulled through and found a way to win. I thought we played very well and very inspired in the last eight minutes of the game. Sari hit two three-pointers and stepped up and breathed a lot of confidence into the team as a senior leader. I am proud of our team and the way we played in order to get a much-needed win.
On shutting down Indiana's offensive rebounds...
I think we were tired for a little while and some of our personnel made it more difficult for us. When Amanda is on the bench, we take her rebounding for granted. She gets every rebound when she's out on the court, but when she's not there we need to remind ourselves that the team needs to rebound and get the ball. We rely so much on Amanda's rebounding and can get a little lazy when she's not there. We were a little tired through the stretch and their guards were aggressive on the boards, but we came together when it mattered and got the rebounds.
On NCAA tournament implications...
We haven't talked about the NCAA tournament yet. We have been taking care of business one game at a time and it has worked for us to get these last few wins. We plan to finish the regular season strong and go into the Big Ten Tournament with confidence. Our RPI is in the 30s and we have 18 wins, so if we can go .500 in the Big Ten, then we're in great shape for the NCAA Tournament.
On hitting the three-pointer at the end of the game...
It was nice; It's always good to hit a three-pointer. The shot came at a good time and my shots weren't falling too much so it was nice to get those points and feel better about myself.
On her fatigue level at this point in the season...
I'm used to playing a lot of minutes, but I have been getting tired at certain points in the game. It was nice to be able to get some rest for a little bit before the media timeouts. I'm doing everything I can such as staying hydrated, but I just have to fight through it. It's the end of the season and everyone is feeling tired, so I just have to be tough.
On her late three-point scoring...
I feel as though we had a five point gap for much of the game that we couldn't quite cut into. Rachel drove right at me and gave me the ball and I thought that this shot needs to go in, and it did. I think it gave us some momentum and confidence back in the team. We were in attack mode from there so it was a big boost for us.
On stepping up as a senior...
I know that there isn't too much time left, so I need to leave everything I have on the court. I want to play the best that I can for this program and for my teammates.
On playing as both an aggressive and a finesse post player...
I think I am a mix of being more aggressive but also playing with finesse. I like to play with contact, but I try to balance that with some outside shooting as well.
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