Nov. 10, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"You have to give Washington State a lot of credit for this game, they're a great team. They play in a great conference, one of the best conferences in the country. We knew this was going to be a battle down towards the end. We knew it was going to be a close game, but never thought it was going to go into double overtime. I'm very pleased with how our team showed a lot of character, perseverance, and never gave up and found a way to win. This is a huge win against a quality opponent this time of the year."
On what her message to the team was in double OT...
"Well you don't talk about how tired you are, the other team is just as tired as we are. Just keeping the huddles positive. Putting ourselves in a position to go into overtime, I thought we faced a little adversity towards the end of regulation. They came into the first overtime with the momentum, we did not. I think our team really stepped up and made some key plays in the first overtime to tie it, and then we finished the game off with the momentum. We changed up defenses a little bit and we just have to learn to play a little bit smarter out here and go from there."
Minnesota Guard Rachel Banham
On how tired she was...
"I was definitely really tired. I just had to push myself. In my head I was like, `I just want to win this and then I can sleep the rest of the day'. I was very tired but I just pushed myself."
On how she feels...
"During the main part of the game I felt pretty good. It was just towards the overtimes when my legs were starting to go out a little bit. Otherwise, I feel like I'm getting my conditioning back."
Minnesota Forward Micaëlla Riché
On what the emotional level was in the overtimes...
"I definitely feel that we go through situations similar to that in practice where things get kind of hectic and we're just like, `Guys we have to get poised. We have to get in control, just slow down, we know how to play basketball so just chill out and do what you have to do'. I feel like that's really what it was when she hit that three to tie the game and we were going into overtime. It was like, `Okay, we just have to come out in this overtime and get started'."
On getting the ball down low...
"My teammates did a great job of getting me that ball. Sometimes I swear I'll be like, `No I don't want it' and they'll still give it to me and I'll get it. I get fouled because of that. I know one or two fouls got called when I was just posting up. I trust my teammates. I know that they're going to get me the ball, they're going to look at me. Working hard is definitely worth it, now I just have to make free throws. "
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