March 18, 2012
Women's Basketball Invitational Quarterfinals
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"We're really surviving and advancing at this time of the year and that's what we're trying to teach our players at this point, to play in these environments, with four fouls, when you're not feeling a hundred percent. That's what it's really going to take to hit home and continue to advance. I was very pleased with our defense, especially in the first half, and with the balanced scoring from our players. They just played reall hard and very aggressive, which I was pleased with."
On how the team playing well the last few games
"I think it's just playing hard for as long as they can go, whether it's a half or three or four minutes. We've got a lot of balance in our team right now. They play hard and they know they've got somebody coming in for them. We're not asking anybody to play extended minutes like we did during the season. We're not playing thirty-five to thirty-eight minutes, because I think that'd be hard."
On the secret to their success from thre free throw line
"I think that's something we wanted to improve on from Friday's game. We only went to the line 17 times against Charleston Southern, and that's not us. We've been averaging 25-28 free throw attempts every game, and we're one of the best free throw shooting teams in the Big Ten. The more free throw attempts we get,the better. We needed to get back to doing what we do best. In the second half, I was very pleased that we got to the line 31 times. That's something we talked about at halftime."
On Banham playing a quieter role today
Sophomore forward Micaella Riche
"I think she took what she was given. I think she used a lot of people off of ball screens. They were really doing a great job plugging the lane. The one ball screen she came off of and hit a pull-up jumper, I think that was a miscommunication with their defense, and she got loose and hit a pull-up. She's able to grab two or three people, and I thought she did a great job, made good decisions and got everybody else involved today."
On why she thinks she has been playing better in the past few games
"My teammates are doing a great job of passing me the ball and getting me looks, and I'm finally able to finish. It's been good."
Senior guard Kiara Buford
On going 8-for-8 from the free throw line
"I definitely think that I was just settling down and making free throws. In the first half we only shot two, so I think that was a big emphasis, I wanted to make them count."
On becoming the seventh player in program-history to surpass 1,500 points
"It definitely feels good. And it's coming off of a win, so its even better. I didn't think about it much. I just come in and whatever comes my way, I'll take it."