Dec. 5, 2013
Pam Borton's Opening Remarks
I thought we played out first half perfectly, I don't think we could have played much better than we did. We followed the game plan extremely well, we shot the ball extremely well, and moved the ball well. We were up 25 points at one point, but I think we knew going into half time that it was going to be a challenge to keep that lead in the second half. Miami came out in the second half and they were ready to give us a fight. They played the way we expected them to, but they executed a good game plan. I give them credit for a great game. I'm proud of my team to have the poise to finish strong with a win.
On the contrast between first and second half...
I think we got away from the game plan in the second half. We did a great job of plugging the lane in the first half and forcing them to take outside shots. They missed shots in the lane in the first half but made those shots in the second half, so they were getting the same type of shots as in the first half. I thought we lost a little focus; it was hard having Amanda go to the bench with 12 minutes left and having Rachel Banham and Sari Noga in foul trouble didn't help. I think Micaella Riche and Shayne did a great job of holding down the fort through their leadership.
On the full-court pressure in the second half...
I think it disrupted us in the second half at first. We had several turnovers and I thought we looked a little hesitant. I think Miami turned up the pressure for sure and created some problems for us. Some of those problems were also self-inflicted.
On Rachel Banham going down late in the first half...
She's gotten hit a couple times this year either knee on knee or hitting her knee on the floor. I wasn't sure what happened to her at the end of the first half; I though she went knee on knee with someone. She has sore knees and I know it gets even sorer when she hits the floor. She walked in the locker room at halftime and said she was fine, so the trainers taped her up and got her ready to get back out there.
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Introducing: Gadiva Hubbard
The Viginia native is feeling at home in the Twin Cities during her first summer on campus.