March 23, 2014
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"I was really proud of our players for pulling out the win in adverse conditions with Amanda (Zahui B.) getting in foul trouble and Rachel (Banham) going down with 15 minutes left. I thought our kids battled. I thought we played spectacular in the first half. When you have your two stars on the bench, you have to credit the team for stepping up."
On Banham's status...
"I do not know what the status of her injury is yet. She will have it evaluated tonight. (The play) had three players in a tight space and I think she got her foot wedged under another player. It is not her knee. It is her foot"
On players stepping up with Banham and Zahui B. out...
"We pull both of them out in practice. We have to build confidence in ourselves when we don't have those two on the floor. We have a couple of different sets. We have both of our point guards out in (Shayne Mullaney and Banham.) We are putting the rest of our kids in situations that they have not been in all year. I thought they did a great job. We had a few turnovers in the end due to a lack of experience handling pressure."
Minnesota Guard Sari Noga
On her hot start to the game....
"I was working with Coach Borton just this week. I was starting to get fatigued. I was not using my legs enough, so we have been working on that. I was just doing what we had been working on and it seemed to work in the first half."
On her mindset after Banham went down...
"I am a senior. I am a leader, I had to step up and that is what I did. I think our whole team stepped up. We knew that once Rachel went down that we needed to win for her because she does so much for our team."
Minnesota Guard Mikayla Bailey
On playing with a short bench...
"I had two fouls in the first half and I knew I had to be careful in the second half. I knew I had to step up and not foul. We knew we had to step up for our team."
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