Nov. 3, 2011
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Head Coaches Post-Game Quotes
Wisconsin vs. UW-Whitewater
Nov. 3, 2011
Wisconsin Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey
On what she took from her first game as head coach:
"The biggest thing is that we have to take care of the ball. Thirty turnovers is disheartening – we talked about it and we're going to watch every one of them and learn what we can do better. Some of it is me making adjustments mid-game, (but) some of it is players realizing that they can't do certain things against people and make the same mistakes over and over again. These kids are smart. They read what we were trying to do and they made adjustments. And our passing needs work."
On if there were any extra nerves going into Thursday's game:
"No, no nerves. I've been in national championship games before, so it's (just) a game. You have to put your uniform on and play. My main concern is us getting better – not turning the ball over, making our free throws, running our offense like it's supposed to be run. This is one of many (games), and we'll learn from it. We have to play a lot better."
On the defense helping out during UW's 20-0 run:
"We knew we had to put a little more pressure on the ball and not let (UW-Whitewater) get clear looks of the shots they wanted. They're a good shooting team. That shows us how important hitting open shots is. You have to hit open shots, and they showed us that. Every last one of them could shoot. Our team could learn something from watching these girls, they can shoot. Get in there and work on your shot – it's critical."
On the best thing that came out of her debut:
"That no one got hurt, that's always a good thing. We don't have the bodies (to have someone get hurt). Everyone came out with both arms and legs attached. Individually some people stepped up closer to the end and got some key rebounds and key baskets. I thought Morgan (Paige) did a good job getting up to the basket. Cassie (Rochel) got some key rebounds. But the biggest thing is that we have to learn from our mistakes if we are going to go where we want to go."
Keri Carollo- UW-Whitewater head coach
Opening statement: "We are extremely proud of the way we played tonight. I think we gave a great effort against a very good Badger basketball team. I think Bobbie Kelsey is doing a fantastic job. They played extremely hard. It was just great for us to see our ladies really step up and compete and represent our program the way that we wanted to, and our conference and Division III basketball."
On the emotion coming into the game and being up seven points early:
"I think that they hit those first two buckets quick early and I was like 'Oh no, this is going to be a long night,' but we bounced back. Once we got into the rhythm of the game and the swing of the game and got comfortable, basically just ran out that nervous energy, I think that we settled in and really played hard. I told the girls don't look at the scoreboard, just play basketball. At that point, I didn't even know that we were ahead. I was just focused on us playing hard. I think fatigue hit us definitely in the second half. Just playing that physical of a game for 40 minutes is much different than what we are used to. But great competition in us being able to learn from that for sure."
On Wisconsin's run to gain the lead:
"I think that they got much more aggressive on the ball and really pressured us on the perimeter and our offense got a little stagnant. A lot of standing around, we weren't screening as much as we were early, but we bounced back and regrouped. When you miss buckets, it's tough. If you can't make buckets, we can't press. We have to make sure that we move the ball around. Definitely the Badgers had something to do with that, just the physicality of the game. They really locked down on our perimeter players pretty tough."
On the full court press and team speed:
"I think that we are pretty quick on the perimeter. We definitely have always tried to recruit young ladies who are quick and athletic and that create those easy opportunities for us on the offensive end. We just played as hard as we could. I said that for 40 minutes we are going to play as hard as we can and give them our best shot. I really was proud of our effort for sure. I can't say enough about the Badger program; I'm excited for Coach Kelsey. I think she is going to do a fantastic job and really turn this program around to being a national contender."
Sophomore guard Mary Merg on playing at the Kohl Center:
"Really, it was just like a dream come true. We never get that crowd, we never get that stadium. It was just one of those games that I think every single one of us will never forget. We had great support from Whitewater; so many fans came up it felt like home. When we go on breaks, everybody was getting into the game and it made it feel like home. I just couldn't ask for a better venue than the Kohl Center."