Dec. 20, 2013
Coach Pam Borton's Opening Remarks
We had a shaky first half but I thought we did a really good job of putting ourselves in a position to win. In the last five minutes we had to be strong on defense and we can't give the other teams the opportunity to rebound. But in the last few minutes we didn't defend well, nor did we hold them to one shot per possession. We gave ourselves a little bit of a cushion but UCLA did a really good job of making big plays at the end of the game. They crashed the offensive boards and we had a tough time scoring in the paint the whole night. It was a physical game, but we need to be tougher in order to get the shots that we need in the paint.
On the lack of offense down the stretch...
I thought we did a really good job of pressuring their defense, but they did a better job of pressuring our guards on the perimeter. I think Rachel made some tough shots to give us an eight point lead and get herself to the free throw line. She attacked the rim well and I thought she got fouled a couple of times, but there was no call. Sometimes that will happen and we have to give credit to their defense. Other players need to step up on this team because we need to find a third scorer.
On not getting the shots they wanted down the stretch...
I'd have to watch film, but I think we tried to put the ball in Rachel's hands. When she wasn't open, Shayne was in an open position. Shayne has made plays down the stretch in the past for us. We had a nice look at the basket from 10 feet away in the last minute. We need more of our team to make shots.
On UCLA's bigger size at the post position and seeing that size in the Big Ten...
I thought they had good size in the post position that caused us some trouble in the paint. I'm not exactly sure who else in the Big Ten is comparable in size to Amanda, but we need to teach her how to play with kids who are that size behind her. Rachel and Amanda aren't our problem, we really need to find a third scorer on this team.
On rebounding issues...
We have to get our other post players to rebound, we need to get our guards to rebound. We gave up 21 offensive rebounds, and 13 loose balls, so that's an extra 34 possessions right there that we lost. We have to be tougher finishing in the paint, we have to be tougher going up for loose balls, and we have to be tougher on the boards.
On coming back after her missed game...
I felt fine and that I was playing like myself. I thought my first half was better than my second half. I felt normal and my knee felt good.
On the flow of the offense...
They played great defense. The guard who was guarding me was talented and did a good job. I thought my shots were falling in the first half, and the second half felt a little bit more difficult. I wasn't getting my shots off and I need to be more aggressive in taking those opportunities.
WNBA at the Break
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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.