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March 19, 2014

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WNIT First Round

Minnesota 62 Wisconsin – Green Bay 60

Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
Opening Statement

“Obviously, we could tell in the first half that our offense we pretty stagnant. A lot of people were not involved in the offense other than (Rachel Banham and Amanda Zahui. B). I told the team that the first game of a postseason tournament is usually the hardest.  You have to get yourself back into the flow. We are playing teams that have 20 wins. We got past our first round game here. I was really proud of our players. They really stepped up and made plays on both ends of the floor. We found a way to win. It was a miracle in a bottle, but we found a way to win.”

On Rachel Banham’s finish
“Rachel is a big-time player. She has the killer instinct. She went out there and hit a couple of threes. We found a way to advance. Survive and advance.”

Minnesota Junior Guard Rachel Banham
On if she felt the last three-point shot was going in
“Yeah, it felt really good. I was in a good rhythm because I had hit the three a few minutes before. I just let it fly. Once I put it up there I knew it was going in.”

On setting the single-season scoring record
“I did not even hear it, but that is cool.”

On the team’s mindset in the WNIT
“I think we are definitely motivated. I think we showed that we were not going to give up and we were going to keep fighting. We did not want to be done playing together and we made plays at the end.”

Minnesota Freshman Center Amanda Zahui. B
On the disappointment of not making the NCAAs
“I think we have been sad since we found out, but we have turned that to anger. Coach Borton said we have to play angry because we deserve to be in that tournament.“

Green Bay Head Coach Kevin Borseth
On the last couple minutes of the game
“The game did not slip away. (Rachel) Banham made two shots. We never threw the ball away. We missed some shots. Credit Banham for making two really tough shots.”

On if the team took advantage of Banham having four fouls
“We tried.”

On the Gophers’ effort level to start the second half
“We turned the ball over twice and got our shot blocked in the first three possessions. They made shots. We did pretty well defensively I thought. (Minnesota) made some big shots.”

On the importance of the WNIT
“The whole purpose of college sport is to create a good experience for the student athlete. Not everybody gets a chance to play in the NCAA tournament. For those that don’t get a chance to play -- like us and Minnesota -- it gives these kids an opportunity to play in a tournament that is meaningful. It is an added experience for the student athlete.”

Green Bay freshman guard Tesha Buck
On playing in her home state in front of her family
“It was a lot of fun to play in front of family and friends. It felt good to be back in Minnesota.”

On the end of her season
“Obviously, It is not fun going out like this, but we have a lot to look forward to. I will get back in the gym and get to work this summer.”