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Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin vs. Ohio State

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Wisconsin vs. Ohio State
Postgame Quotes

Feb. 2, 2014
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.

Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey

On today’s game:
“The shots finally fell for us. We finally had four people in double figures, our top scorers, at the same time. We got some rebounds, Jacki (Gulczynski) was a monster on the boards, Taylor (Wurtz) was a monster on the boards, both defensively and on the offensive rebounds. We didn’t play very good defense there when they made that run, we gave up almost 20 (points) and let them come back in the game but the clock was not big on minutes. It ticked on down but we have to watch that because other teams will watch that and they’ll try to take advantage of what we’re not doing well. But we’re happy.”

On the importance of Malayna Johnson’s play while Michala Johnson was in foul trouble:
“Malayna doesn’t have a whole bunch of experience but she did get to the free throw line, and she’s tall so she’s able to at least stand and put her hands up. But some of it is she’s not a great scorer, so you lose some scoring when Michala goes out. (Michala) knows she can’t get two fouls and their people are going to come right at her so she has to watch it and figure out why she’s getting these fouls. But I told her to use her quickness to get around them. But we’ll watch it, that’s going to happen a lot.”

On the high number of offensive rebounds for both teams:
“Sometimes you hustle and you don’t get it, I mean we were on the ground grabbing and scratching for it but some of those you don’t get and some of those you do get. But again our ability to box out very quickly and recognize, it’s not there. We have to do a better job, but again the video doesn’t lie. It will tell you what you need to be doing.”

On holding Ohio State scorer Ameryst Alston to 10 points:
“Well, I didn’t believe she had 10 because it looked like she was scoring every time to me. If this didn’t say 10, I would’ve thought she had 25 points. I mean the girl is good, I worked with her at USA basketball, and she’s good. She in-and-out’s you, she gets you backing up and on your heels, she’s strong, she’s a bull. And she’s going to go in there and make the basket, you’re going to foul her, or both. It’s just rare that she misses, and she missed a couple but I was shocked. Because she is a bull. And we need some bulls on our team, we need somebody to dip her shoulder and Taylor did a little bit tonight but you just need kids that are going to go in there and force the ref to call the foul. I love her game, I think she’s a very talented player.”

OSU head coach Kevin McGuff

On what his plan was defensively coming into the game:
“The plan was to guard them, certainly, better than we did. We didn’t do a very good job on that end. One thing about Wisconsin was that we made a lot of mistakes and they made us pay. I thought they really executed well offensively. Coming into the game, we really wanted to mix man and zone and a lot of times, we’d settle into one thing being a little more effective than the other. We never really got in a good defensive rhythm.”

On whether his team initially was focused on stopping UW’s Michala Johnson:
“We were really trying to corral Michala (Johnson) around the basket. She’s a difficult matchup for us. We have a lot of size and strength around the basket but she’s got more speed and quickness. So when we were (focusing on Johnson), Jacki (Gulczynski) was killing us from the perimeter. So we started to try and switch things up, but like I said, we never really found anything.

“We had a stretch there in the second half when we trapped them and turned them over, but really didn’t make them pay on the other end. We missed a lot of shots that could have made it a lot more interesting down the stretch. But other than that flurry, we never really found anything defensively that was particularly effective.”

On whether he was happy with his team’s shot selection:
“Yes. I thought overall we got a lot of good shots. We just missed a lot of shots around the basket. But the story of the game was our inability to stop them.”

On how Wisconsin was able to hold OSU’s leading scorer, Ameryst Alston, to just 10 points:
“She usually gets to the basket a little bit better. (Wisconsin) did a really good job of keeping her in front of them and kind of crowding her. They just didn’t really give her anything easy. We need her to be a little bit more aggressive and to put more points on the board for us to be successful.”

On what he thought of Taylor Wurtz’s second-half surge:
“I think she’s a terrific player, so I was more surprised that she didn’t have any points at halftime than what her final stats were. I look at her, with 14 rebounds from the perimeter – that’s a great stat and just a reflection of how hard that kid works.”

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