Feb. 28, 2013
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Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey Postgame Quotes
"I guess we're saying the same thing. We came up a little short, but I am proud of the team. You can tell these kids just fight and fight and fight. I just feel terrible that we can't pull it out. I feel like it's my fault. I guess we've just got to put them in better positions.
"There was a lot of confusion on some of our plays. I know they know them, but when you have to run things in a split second and I have to call things out and they can't hear me... I've got to do better making sure they get into our plays, but I am proud of their effort.
"I thought it was fitting that Tiera (Stephen) had the ball for the last play. She would make that shot probably eight out of 10 times. She just came up a little short there. I wish she would have made it because it was senior night and it would have been fitting for her to make that shot.
"We've just got to play a little bit better defense at the end there and not let their players get loose. I thought we could have switched earlier, and that's my fault. Again, you're just trying to do different things, and you've got a million things going through your mind. I thought Tessa (Cichy) did an excellent job. Everybody played their hearts out. Cassie (Rochel) was really hurting--her back was hurting--but she came back into that game. It's a credit to them."
On whether she had a final play drawn up:
"Yeah, we were supposed to set a high on-ball screen and put the shooters in the corners and let Tiera navigate in there. She got a good look. It wasn't as pretty, because at that point you don't have time to set up a play, you've just got to get the ball down the court. We had a good look, it wasn't the prettiest play, but Tiera got a nice, open look, and I know she would hit that the majority of the time. It just came off the rim and bounced the other way."
On Stephen's last shot:
"To Tiera's credit, she got a shot up. You don't get one up, you don't have a chance to win the game. That happened to us in the Northwestern game when Jackie (Gulczynski) kind of stumbled. (If you get the shot up) it might go in. Somebody might tip it. You've just got to get the shot up, and that was the most important thing. They were leaving Tiera, and she hit some of her jumpers and some of them came off the rim."
On her team's offensive struggles in the last 10 minutes of the game:
"They were making it hard on us. I think they were switching all of our handoffs and screens. Some of it is if they're going underneath us, you've got to slip (the screen). Our spacing wasn't very good. We were jumbled up all night I'm not sure why. Those who are more capable with their shot have to be ready to shoot, but you don't want to just jack it up. There's a line there between shooting it every time you're open and trying to get a better look.
"We have gone on little droughts. Some of that is attributable to these players playing the whole game. We have a short bench. There's nothing we can do about that, so there are going to be times where we struggle to score. They're tired. There's nothing I can do about it. They have to stay in the game. We only lost the game by two. They keep playing and pressing. Tiera was dying out there, but she'd look at her teammates and know she had to give more. I know Morgan (Paige) was tired, but she made something out of nothing with all those cuts to the basket and her getting those layups. That's a testament to her conditioning. The other ones are young, you can't put them out there and expect them to have this miracle game. They're not ready, so it falls on the older kids. That's just the way it goes."
Nebraska head coach Connie Yori Postgame Quotes
"I have a lot of respect for what Wisconsin has done this year. They're limited in numbers, they lose their leading scorer and yet they've played pretty much, other than the Penn State game at Penn State, everyone close. They've had some hard luck.
"You've got to respect what they've done with the kids that they have out there, because they are limited, not in necessarily in talent, but in terms of depth that they have. All year long they played really hard and they've played everyone down to the wire. I feel bad for them from the standpoint that they've had a lot of chances and haven't been able to capitalize on them.
"As far as we're concerned, I thought we beared down the last five or six minutes of the game, really defended well, got a lot of rebounds in that section and found a way to score when they took the lead. You have to credit our players for playing with good poise."
About defensive strategy in the last minutes of the game:
"We know who their top scorers are, so you want to do a good job on them. We also know that (Tiera) Stephen is a senior - and she had a pretty good look at it and that's a shot that she can make, and we got fortunate."
About if Wisconsin controlled the tempo:
"Yeah, I would say so. We've kind of adjusted some things and from our standpoint, we haven't been the healthiest team either. So we probably didn't pressure as much as we have historically in this game, and I think that's why the pace of the game was what it was. But that's largely because we aren't super healthy yet, and we're not deep either.
"We were playing a little more up-tempo earlier in the year, because that was our style. We still want to be up-tempo on offense, but normally we pick the ball up and pressure in the full court. They hurt us a little bit on that in Lincoln, but we just don't have the depth to do it right now."
About comparison between this game and the one in Lincoln:
"They played us well in Lincoln for 30 minutes. And for 30 minutes it was a two-possession game. We kind of pulled away in the last 10 minutes of the game. I think it was deceptive by the fact that we won by the margin that we did. They played a really good 30 minutes."