Jan. 13, 2011
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Post-Game Coach Quotes
Wisconsin vs. Purdue
Jan. 13, 2011
Wisconsin Head Coach Lisa Stone
On the win:
"I'm really proud of our players. This was a grind. That is a very good Purdue team, and to have had played them twice already in two weeks, and it's been a long time since Wisconsin has had the ability to sweep Purdue. They are really good, and they have great players.
Rebounding and taking care of the basketball was going to be a key, but defensively, we held them at bay.
Our players prepare so well. They listen, they stay in tune to the scouting report and they know what's going on.
On Wisconsin's bench play:
"I thought we got a great lift from our bench today. Tiera Stephen was outstanding defensively, gave us a lift, a spark for us. And Anya Covington. We had a short bench today, but that's what happens against a Purdue team. I'm really proud of our players. They prepared well in a short turnaround and this was a good game for us."
On having only 12 turnovers in the game:
"We did a good job in the second half of taking care of the ball. The thing about us, that I'm liking from an offensive standpoint, is there's different options.
On the play of Tiera Stephen and Jade Davis:
"Tiera is a great example of the fact that she plays within herself, tries to get the ball inside. She gave us a great lift, made a beautiful bounce pass, shot clock is winding down, into Lin. Just simple things standout without looking at the film.
I actually thought Jade Davis was terrific defensively as well. She gave us a big lift and hustled. There's a rebound play on the far right baseline that we didn't get, but her hustle was indicative for us."
On holding back-to-back opponents to 42-points against Minnesota and 46-points tonight against Purdue:
"That's defense and that's who we are. We talk about not being mediocre and you can't be mediocre by being a poor defensive team. Our players are imposing their will; it's hard to score on us inside. They got free a couple of times on the outside, and personnel-wise, Sam Woods comes in a knocks a 3 down and that's a post. That was a little awkward for us; we didn't know that that's what she did. Again, I think that we're holding around the perimeter and inside, and that's the defense. Whether we're scoring or not, it can be 18-16 at the half, it doesn't make any difference if we're holding teams at bay and doing a good job defensively."
On Tara Steinbauer and Lin Zastrow's play:
"They shoot about 60 percent from the floor. That's obviously where we're going to go. I also like the fact that our guards are knocking some things down.
On the multiple players stepping up:
"You can point to a lot of people in making the game change. Tara (Steinbauer) makes two free throws in a row. That's nice to see. We still need to get better there as well.
Alyssa (Karel) took over for a short amount of time. Nothing was for sure with the score, and she took over on a two-minute spurt that got us going.
Overall, a great performance by our players. Again, I'm proud of our players. Everybody did a great job."
On how she feels after the win:
"Purdue's a good team. They're going to beat a lot of people. They have good players and are well coached, and I'm actually happy we won't have to play Purdue until the Big Ten Tournament or whenever it is. I wish them well and a healthy season, and our team as well."
Purdue Head Coach Sharon Versyp Quotes
On junior Alex Guyton fouling out:
"She's the key. She's got to stay on the court for us and score for us, and obviously there are some guards that have to score for us that didn't do that. Defensively, offensively, it was a physical game. Every foul was hers."
On the play of redshirt junior Drey Mingo:
"Drey's continuing to battle. She's still not in great shape. But for her to get six boards and do well at the post, she's probably another two and a half, three weeks away from where she was prior to (her illness), but you can't put it all on one kid's shoulder with what she's going through right now."
On Wisconsin being a contender for the Big Ten title:
"Right now (they are). They're 4-1, so anybody that's winning is at the top of the echelon. Three of the top teams (Ohio State, Iowa, Purdue) already have three losses (in conference play), so it's Michigan State, Penn State, and Wisconsin right now.
They have three seniors that know how to play. They know how to work with the players around them,give them a lot of confidence, they don't turn the ball over, they understand the system. Players make plays and they have players who are making plays."