Dec. 10, 2011
Minnesota (6-5) 79, Harvard (4-5) 53
Best Buy Classic
Williams Arena - Minneapolis, Minn.
December 10, 2011
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
On the game:
"It was a great win for us. We haven't played a team like Harvard all year that takes as many three-point shots as they do. They're great at getting in the paint off of the penetration, then kicking out and taking threes."
On the Gophers' defense:
"I thought it was a great defensive effort."
On the Gophers' execution:
"We had great ball control. I thought we made great decisions. I thought we played a lot smarter on the offensive end and I think we did a better job executing in the half court. I thought we made great decisions in the transitions. ...It's nice to see that number at 17 assists and six turnovers and it gives you more possessions in the game."
On Minnesota's shooting:
"It was nice to see us shoot 53% but we're still gelling on the offensive end."
On giving away the ball when she had a chance to tie her career-high:
"I knew [Rachel Banham] was in the corner, and she was wide open. The kind of defense they were playing, they were coming out and running out at us, and I just dished it to her."
On getting into the groove during the second half:
"I think just being in the zone, I hit some early shots and I got going in a rhythm for the whole game. I was just trying to keep my teammates in, keep the intensity up, and extend the lead. I think that was my main mindset in the second half. Just being aggressive."
On finding ways to keep her double-digit streak going:
"Of course I'm a senior, I've played in the system for four years, I kind-of know what I have to do. But the points are something that just come, I focus on playing defense and doing the little things to make sure the team is on the same page. Scoring 10 points and at least getting five shots during the game is just something that comes. Hitting shots when I'm open, being aggressive, and scoring when we need to score is the biggest thing for me."
On working inside today:
"I think from the start, even before the game started, the posts were talking and we discussed we needed to throw the first punch. As the starting center, I took that to heart and I made sure that I would be the one to do that. The guards saw me and they got the ball inside when there was opportunities."
On if she thought about dunking the ball on her breakaway:
"Not until afterwards. It would have been nice."
Harvard Head Coach Kathy Delaney-Smith
"Minnesota did a nice job up in the passing lanes and pressuring the ball a little bit."
"We played well, we were living and dying by the three which is not really us."
"I thought we played to the buzzer. I thought there was a lot of home court energy."
"It's hard to play when the momentum swings, and the band is playing, and the shots are not falling for us."
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