March 23, 2012
Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) Semifinals
Minnesota head coach Pam Borton
"I've got to give Manhattan a lot of credit. I think they came ready to play tonight and they played extremely well. I think one of their biggest weaknesses was rebounding heading into tonight's game. It's tough to rebound against a zone defense and they outrebounded us tonight. I think that says a lot about how they played and how tough they were. I was really proud of our team offensively against their one-three-one zone. We haven't seen that all year. It's a tough defense to play against, especially only having a couple days to adjust to it. I knew we were going to have to make some adjustments as the game went along, but I thought they did a great job making those adjustments. We're going to have to play a lot better on Sunday against Northern Iowa, but we'll be ready to go."
On keeping the Jaspers off the free throw line
"I think they took a lot of outside shots. I think we did a great job as far as ball pressure, switching up ball screens. I think we got a little mixed up switching on some, but they have a lot of open looks and open shots that I thought they knocked down. But, I also thought we played smarter; really not bailing them out on our penetration."
On playing in the postseason
"I think you learn a lot about your team and your players individually, on what their mindset is this time of the year. I've learned a lot these past three and a half weeks about each of our players and how we've approached this tournament and these games, and I think some of our players have gotten better. I think we took a step backwards on the boards today, but overall I think our team has gotten better. I think it will give some of our players some confidence for the next year."
Senior guard Kiara Buford
On the flow of the game
"In the first half they kind of got off to a bit of a run, but I tried to take advantage and I think I had all my points in transition."
On pressuring Manhattan
"I think our ball pressure and pressure on ball handlers was a lot better, and we forced them to take the outside shots. They didn't have muc offense in the paint."
Junior forward Katie Loberg
On getting points in transition
"I think that (rebounding) was definitely a point in the game where I was struggling a little bit, but I used that steal in transition to spark myself and create a little movement at the end of the first half."
On looking forward to Sunday's game
"It is just another game to be able to play with the seniors. They're really great people and it's kind of fun to be able to do this instead of postseason workouts. It's a great opportunity."
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