Jan. 9, 2011
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Post-Game Coach and Player Quotes
Wisconsin vs. Minnesota
Jan. 9, 2011
Head Coach Lisa Stone
On the win:
"We're on the left side, that is where you want to be and you are on to the next game. This wasn't a work of art offensively, but thank goodness Lin Zastrow is back, that's huge for us. There is no doubt about it. Lin has a career high, she plays awesome.
We had a lot of turnovers in the first half, in fact four in a row, and empty trips, we were getting stops. Four straight turnovers in a row in the first half, but the good news with the whole turnover issue was we only had three in the second half. We improved taking care of the ball in the second half. One turnover was late, we threw the ball out of bounds against their pressure.
But, we are on the correct side of the outcome. We will be better defensively, I thought we were spot on for the entire game. Rebounding, they had the edge in the first half, I thought we got a little bit more physical in the second half.
It was a grind, it was going to be a grind. This is a very good, physical Minnesota team, their record is not indicative of how good they are. We have got to go there in 11 days and they are a team that is going to be very, very dangerous.
We can be better with a lot of things that we did today. Free throws were our demise in the second half, and we can control that, it is something that we talk about and it nearly got us today. We will improve on the free throws just like we improved on turnovers in the second half. We are 3-1 in the Big Ten, that is the bottom line."
On Alyssa Karel and Lin Zastrow carrying the offense:
"Looking at it, whatever it takes to get the win. Our two best players are our leading scorers and some other players did miss some shots. We got some open looks. Right now it's some confidence, and I am very confident in our players shooting the ball and from the free throw line.
The fact is we got a win, so that can instill some confidence that way. We will get back in the gym, we still have two weeks of break left, so we have plenty of time to be together and improve on some areas.
But it is nice to be at home again on Thursday. I thank the fans for coming out today with the conflict with the Packer game, but come back out, we play a very good Purdue team on Thursday. We are running down with some great seniors and their last few chances to play some of these Big Ten teams. We want to keep on doing good things and a lot has to do with how our seniors play. One senior in particular was simply outstanding today and that was Lin."
On returning from her injury:
"It feels great to be back. Whenever you are injured, you miss your teammates, you miss the team, so I am glad to be back, and glad that we got a win."
On the defense of Minnesota's Amber Dvorak:
"Great defender, when she came in I had to change my game play a little bit, because she really knows how to use her size. But they are all great defenders, and no matter what you have to keep at it, and just work it around, and if it's not me on the block, that's fine, someone else."
On winning six of their last seven games after losing seven straight:
"We didn't get injured as much. I think we just started playing as a team more, and that comes with time and just being together all the time, which is why injuries aren't very good. We just came together as a team, we started playing and picked up our defense and that's what got us going I think."
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
On coming from behind in the second half and making it a close game:
"I think for us it was finding the right combination of players tonight. I think we were pulling kids off of the bench left and right, especially in our post-position. I think when they're on defense, you've got to be able to have a post presence and score some easy baskets inside. It took us a while to find the right combination.
I was proud of our team. We got ourselves down by 18 (in the second half) and made a run to put ourselves in a position to win this basketball game, but I think it's probably going to be like that for the rest of the season. We have a very inexperienced and young team, with kids who have never played on the road in the Big Ten before. Obviously, we would like for them to learn a lot quicker than what they are, but that's just where we are right now."
On the play of redshirt freshman Amber Dvorak:
"I think she just needed an opportunity. She's been having some great practices, she's been working hard, she's got a great mindset. We wanted to put her in the game tonight to just see where she's at and she played extremely hard. I think she altered a lot of shots inside and just did a great job. She did a great job for us rebounding."
On the team's 0-4 start reflecting any differences in how the conference as a whole looks this year:
"I think my team looks a lot different than what it's looked like in the past. So I think we're just trying to move along and we're headed in the right direction, but we just have to get better. I think we've got the components on our team in our young kids, and we've just got to get them experienced, especially here in the Big Ten. It's a whole different ball game. There's not a lot of freshmen playing in the Big Ten right now, so we've got a lot of them on the floor. If we can squeak out a win here with some of the close games we've had, I think we'll get ourselves on a roll."
On the play of Wisconsin senior Lin Zastrow:
"She's what makes that team go. Without her the other night at Michigan State, you can see what happens to a team. A lot of us don't realize how important one player is to a team until you don't have that one player. She makes all the difference. She's a presence inside, she's a great passer, she's hard to defend. She's a centerpiece around that and makes everyone else very successful."