Wisconsin vs. Northwestern
March 1, 2014
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.
UW Head Coach Bobby Kelsey
On the Badgers’ play today:
“We are obviously disappointed again, we were right there. We had our chances. We had some shots at the basket and we just couldn’t finish… just could not finish them. It would have been fitting for Taylor (Wurtz) to hit that jumper. I started to call a timeout, but I was like, ‘Nope, she’s got it. Just let her go, it’s Senior Night, just go out on a white horse,’ and it was right there. She would make that shot, if she had 10 more, she’d make 10 of them. So it just wasn’t meant to be, but again, it wasn’t for lack of effort, we just had a few mistakes down the stretch and let them get those transition layups.”
On Wisconsin’s play and heading to the Big Ten Tournament this week:
“I’m proud of them. When you’re down in the dumps a little bit and not winning games it’s easy to quit, but they just don’t quit. They always keep fighting, fighting and fighting. It’s sad because we can’t get that signature win, but there’s a tournament and there’s another opportunity – one more guaranteed opportunity – and if you get that you keep going until you don’t have it anymore. So you’ve got to keep pressing forward.”
NU Head Coach Joe McKeown
"Just a hard-fought game. Congratulations to Wisconsin. They had many chances, just like us, to win that game in regulation. Just a hard-fought game. We just made a couple more plays in overtime. But when we got down in the second half, I was really proud that we kept fighting back. It’s just one of those games. You just had to make one more play. Really, that’s about it. Pretty simple.”
On whether he is surprised his team was playing for 10th place in the conference:
“Yeah, we had some injuries that hurt us. When we beat Wisconsin at Northwestern, I think we were, I don’t remember, 12-6 maybe. Then we won three out of four in the Big Ten, and then we just struggled at times. A lot of close games that could’ve went either way for us, and same with Wisconsin. They were in every game pretty much. So it just shows you, to me, the depth and the balance of the league. We beat Nebraska, beat Purdue. We’ve had big wins against the best teams in the league too.
“But we need to make a statement next week, because I feel like we’re better than where we probably will finish.”
On coming back to win the game:
“I just thought we changed defenses a little bit, and we got down. They were really hurting us driving the ball to the basket. We just had a hard time staying between them and the rim. I thought we did a better job when we switched up some defenses. They didn’t shoot well from the 3-point line. They’re dangerous, but we kind of took our chances rather than let them keep attacking the basket.”
On Wisconsin seniors Taylor Wurtz and Morgan Paige:
“I remember when I took the job at Northwestern trying to recruit Taylor Wurtz. Obviously, I didn’t succeed, but they both had great careers. They seem like first-class young ladies, just watching them over the last couple of years. I remember two years ago we were up here and Paige looked like Stephen Curry, just making everything.
“Their demeanor, the way they carry themselves, they seem like players that you want to coach.”