Nov. 17, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"I think our team really came out and was ready to play today. Great team effort, great intensity defensively; I thought we did a great job defensively today. I thought our starting five really came out and set the tone for the game. Rachel [Banham] really hit some key shots at the beginning of the game to get our team going and just great team play from everybody scoring. It was nice having [Katie] Loberg back today, getting her back in the line-up and getting her a feel for playing basketball again. It was nice to have her back."
On what you get out of a game like this...
"We haven't put a 40-minute game together yet this year. I think it's tough this time of year to put a 40-minute game together. The effort level, the focus, the intensity level...when you get a 40-point lead in the first half it's easy for a team to let up and I don't think our team did. That was a great sign for me to see as a coach, no matter what the score is, the intensity level stayed the same, the focus was the same. That's really, really hard to do. Just getting our freshman more experience and more of a feel out there on the floor as well."
On Shayne Mullaney running the point and Rachel Banham be the shooting guard...
"It's definitely a great option for us right now. Shayne has had two good games here. She had 8 assists today, played 24 minutes and just really playing smart. She's able to show us that she can score from that position as well. I think we have to work on that more in practice and get those two on the floor a little bit more together."
On what she said at half time...
"There was nothing positive said in the locker room (laughing). I think it was just keeping our team focused. It's really hard when you're up by 40 points to go out there and not be lackadaisical. I think just going in there and being tough on them. We can play better than this, there are some things we need to fix our there. Just really trying to keep the team focused and headed in the right direction and not playing bad basketball. That's the challenge."
Minnesota Forward Katie Loberg
On how she feels...
"It was really fun to be back and I felt like I hadn't really missed a beat. My teammates were out there supporting me too and that meant a lot."
On getting started on such a good note...
"It feels really good to get started on a positive note and definitely gives me a lot of confidence. I took a couple of shots that I wasn't sure if they going to go and they just kind of fell for me. It was a nice welcome back."
Minnesota Guard Sari Noga
On what the first half felt like when every shot was falling...
"Awesome! I know one of our last games we were having some trouble hitting some shots. Rachel hitting shots right away just gives everyone a bit of a boost and it's contagious, which is good. I think everyone just had a lot of confidence right away."
On not being satisfied at half time...
"Never good enough. I think it will make our team better if we continue to push ourselves. Coach giving us a goal to keep them to 40 points... that's just something that, if we are up by that much, we need to give ourselves a challenge to fight for in the second half and continue to make ourselves better."
WNBA at the Break
Three pro Gophers will get some rest, and Lindsay Whalen will go for another gold medal in Rio.
Introducing: Taiye Bello
The freshman from Michigan has enjoyed her summer in another of the Great Lakes states.
Introducing: Gadiva Hubbard
The Viginia native is feeling at home in the Twin Cities during her first summer on campus.