Wisconsin vs. Iowa
Jan. 12, 2014
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.
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Wisconsin Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey
“(It was a) tough game for us today. We ran into a team that got hot. I thought our press looked good – Dakota (Whyte) had a couple steals and we (drew) a couple charges and travels. We had to do something to generate some offense. But they did hit their shots, and we missed a lot of bunnies around the basket. That’s something we’ve got to work on.”
On her team struggling to another slow start:
“I don’t have eight timeouts to call. I can’t call a timeout every time they go on a run. But we’ll look at it and see. I’m not sure why we have those lulls. In my mind, if you’re not hitting (your shots), then you’ve got to turn up your defense. When we’re not hitting shots, we don’t play solid defense. As individuals, as a group, we’ve got to figure it out. Because (starting games slowly) is a trend, and it’s not a good one.”
On how much the team misses Cassie Rochel:
“We miss her a bunch. She can affect shots, she’s smart, she can finish around the rim. Her status is that she’s not going to be playing this year. Her back has really got some issues, and we’re trying to figure out what best for her long-term health. We’d love to have her for basketball, but it’s about her walking and not being in pain.”
On the play of Iowa’s Samantha Logic:
“She’s a very good player. She does a lot for them. She rebounds as a guard, and that’s always big. She’s a great passer, she finishes. Her stat line doesn’t have a zero across the board. She affects the game and gets to the free throw line. She’s a 3-point threat. If speed we the name of the game, then she’s not the fastest player. But she’s smart. She does a lot for them.
“Melissa Dixon didn’t go off, and she’s a person you’ve really got to pay attention to. I thought Morgan (Paige) really did a nice job on her. But then you let (Bethany) Doolittle get 20 points on the same shot every single time. To her credit, she’s obviously gotten in the gym. That’s a shot they depend on, and she makes it.”
Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder
“(I’m) thrilled with our win today. It’s our first Big Ten road win. Two in a row for us as far as the win column. We handled their pressure at the end very well. I thought we shot the ball well. I love our assists, 23 assists on 33 baskets. We distributed the ball well.
“This was an important win for us because we only get one opportunity to play against Wisconsin and any time you’re in those solo games, it’s really important because if it goes down to tiebreaker, it’s that one game. So (it’s a) good road win. The road wins are tough to come by.”
On what their plan was for the second half after the Badgers closed the first half on a run:
“Their press hurt us at the end of the first half and we kind of panicked a little bit. We knew they would do it from the scouting report, but we maybe didn’t expect it that early. We panicked a little bit. We just looked like we were lackadaisical against it instead of really attacking against it. Second half I thought we handled it much better. We were able to talk about it during halftime and we handled it much better. Even in the last five minutes of the game when they were trapping, we did a good job of containing the ball, keeping ahold of the ball and using the shot clock and still getting a good look at the end of it.”
On Melissa Dixon not being as much as a factor today and not forcing her shots:
“Absolutely. When you’re a shooter and you don’t get your shot, sometimes you can get really nervous. First half she got limited because of fouls. But the second half, Wisconsin did a good job on her.
“The thing that we pride ourselves in is the balanced scoring, so if they’re going to put a lot of emphasis on Melissa, that’s going to open up other people. We don’t care who scores as long as we win and I think that was really evident today because Melissa didn’t get itchy when she wasn’t getting her baskets.
“I love our balanced scoring. We had four people in double figures. I love that about our basketball team, but when you put a lot of emphasis on Melissa, now somebody else is going to open up some gaps for somebody else.”
On if she remembers Melissa Dixon not attempting a 3-pointer in a game like she did today:
“No. I don’t know that I ever remember a game without her taking a three. That’s an interesting observation.”
On Bethany Doolittle’s play being difficult for the Badgers to guard:
“Especially at the beginning of the game. Bethany really got us rolling in this game. She got us started. She’s so good at those 12-foot jump shots, so we did a really good job of finding her, a lot of great assists off of that. She’s a really nice outside shooter.”