Nov. 29, 2012
Virginia (5-1), Minnesota (6-2)
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"We've got to give Virginia credit for tonight. They came in and played extremely well. I'm not sure if they could have played much better than what they did. They shot (62.5 percent) from the field, knocked in more threes than they probably collectively have all year. I just felt like our defense couldn't stop anything that they were doing off of penetration, defending the three, or in the post."
On the physicality of the game:
"It's how Big Ten games are. We've got to be able to fight back and get position. I thought our guards did a great job handling the physicality on the perimeter. I just felt like our post play was pretty poor on both ends of the floor tonight."
On the Gophers' strong start to the game:
"They (the Cavaliers) started out in a matchup zone and really left us open for wide open shots. I thought our guards did a great job knocking some easy shots down. Obviously they changed defenses when we were pretty hot and went up by 10. They changed defenses and made things a little tougher for us."
Rachel Banham (So., G)
On if she feels the need to take a lot of the team's shots:
"I think I needed to take a lot of shots. I have that role. I think I need to take a lot of shots and I need to get other people shots."
On what the Gophers need to improve on:
"We have a lot to work on. I think defense is something we really need to work on--post defense, guard defense, just getting tougher. Toughness is one of the biggest things that we need to work on, and a sense of urgency, a lot of energy, especially on the road. That's something that we struggle with. We need to bring some energy if we want to win."
Sari Noga (Jr., G)
On what she takes away from the game:
"I got some wide open shots right away. I think they saw that I was getting hot so they definitely were right on me a little bit more. We just need to kind of forget about this game, move on, because Kansas is going to be a tough matchup on Sunday. We really have to use this game as motivation to do well on Sunday, especially on the road."
Virginia Head Coach Joanna Boyle
"One of our better team wins this year. Pam (Borton) has a great team this year. (Minnesota) is young. I was really proud of our team, we got down early and Minnesota took us out of our zone and we stayed poised. I thought it was one of our better offensive productions of the year."
On her team's defensive effort after the switch to man-to-man:
"We stayed with our man. We pressed a little bit with it and other times we fell back into our half-court man. We tried to stay really aggressive with it and I thought we did a good job early. Late in the game, I thought we got weak in the post by letting them go to the free throw line. Overall, it was a great game for us on both ends of the floor."
On Kelsey Wolfe's performance:
"She has been getting better and better every game. She did not get a lot of game time last season, and she worked really hard over the summer. Her confidence level is so high right now. At times, she can take a team on her shoulders, and she did that tonight."
On controlling the paint:
"We had some physical post play. I thought we finished fairly well...not great. I though we had balanced scoring. We had three players in double figures. The more we have balanced scoring, the tougher we will be to guard."
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