Dec. 7, 2012
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"I really liked how we started off the second half. With our team, I thought we really came out defensively and really pressured the ball extremely well in the second half, really got ourselves going. I really liked how we came out of the locker room. It gets tough when you're up by 17, 20 points, to really come out. I thought we came out in the second half even stronger than we started the game. Six people with eight points plus; very balanced scoring. Getting some scoring from other people as well. Just really liked how Rachel [Banham] and Kayla [Hirt] played tonight. We're getting better each and every day."
On what she thinks about the hustle:
"I think that's how we have to play in order to win games. We have to play intense defense, really pressure the ball and really control the boards. We have to get on the floor after loose balls. That's got to be our identity going into the Big Ten season and that has to be happening more so than not so in the course of a 40 minute game, that's got to be our identity as a team."
Minnesota Forward Rachel Banham
On being hot being the 3-point line:
"I was feeling it. I was confident and I just kept shooting."
On her shooting improving:
"I think it's a lot with confidence. In the beginning I was really over thinking a lot of my shots. Now I feel like when I'm shooting, I'm shooting it to make it. My passes are working out well and we're finishing."
Minnesota Forward Kayla Hirt
On feeling more comfortable on the court:
"Yeah, definitely. Every game I feel a little bit more comfortable."
On the baseline jumpers:
"I know the type of player I am, I'm a baseline shooter. My 12-foot jump shot is what I do. I think every game I get a little bit more comfortable, and every practice as well."
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