Dec. 23, 2011
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
"It's good to get our last non-conference game under our belts. We were doing a few more good things than we were doing the past couple of games. I was very pleased with our offensive execution and shooting 53 percent in the first half. I was a little more pleased with our rebounding tonight, as well. Obviously, it wasn't perfect and we're not going to be playing perfect basketball this time of the year. I really liked how Kiara and Rachel came out attacking offensively. They were making sure they got their shots, played aggressive and got our team off to a pretty good start. We're ready to go into the Big Ten, and we're excited that we got our last non-conference win."
On the team's shooting mentality going into the Big Ten
"We have to have more of a mindset and more of a focus on putting our shots in the paint up. We just have to be tougher and figure out how to make lay-ups - I mean, we're right under the rim. We went 23 for 48 in the paint and we need to shoot a higher percentage in the lane."
On if this is where she wants the team to be going into Big Ten play
"I think any coach wants their team to be playing perfect every game. I think that's just a typical coach. I think there are things in our game that we're doing pretty well and I think there are some players that I wish were playing a little better right now going into the Big Ten. I wish our post play was a little bit better, but I think we have decent depth off the bench. I think we're still a work in progress and we just have to figure out how to continue winning basketball games as we get better as a team."
Freshman guard Rachel Banham
On how she felt during the game
"I felt good. I was making more shots. I missed some layups, but I was feeling it. I was getting into a flow, so it was nice."
On getting open drives to the basket
"I think we were setting really good ball screens initially, so it gave me a lot of room to get into the lane. They were hitting the screens pretty hard, so I think that helped a lot to open it up."
On how open she was at points during the game
"I mean, I remember one time there was literally no one there and I was kind of nervous. I thought I was going to miss it, but it was fine. It was kind of weird how it was really open, but we're setting really good screens, so it opened up the lane."
Senior guard Kiara Buford
On if her transition back to off guard has been difficult
"Not really. I think I just depends on where I am on the floor and what we're looking for. I am just trying to go for shots."
Game Preview: Army West Point
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Courtside with Kehinde Bello
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