Postgame Quotes: Wisconsin vs. Green Bay


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Postgame Quotes
Wisconsin vs. Green Bay
Dec. 30, 2013
Kohl Center – Madison, Wis.

 

Head Coach Bobbie Kelsey
 
Opening Statement:
“Well, we made it interesting, that’s for sure. First half was really shaky, and we didn’t do a very good job of anything. But I think the good thing is I didn’t get all crazy. I know when I get crazy, (the players) get a little crazy. I want to, but I have to remain calm. I think they were very positive in the locker room. Nobody was pouting or doing anything that would cause us to be negative to each other so we really talked about that, playing together and I think we did that tonight. Luckily, we were on the good side of this one because we know the other side of it as well. We didn’t have a lot of smart plays (in the first half), but at the end we had some very smart plays.”

On Nicole Bauman's score-tying shot:
“Nicole makes those in shoot-around. She does. She just throws them up there. I mean, it’s fun to just see ‘Can I make this?’ You do the count down and throw it up, and it worked for us this time. We needed it. But Morgan (Paige), if she hadn’t touch-passed it to her. You can catch it and try to do too much. Just get it to her, because then we don’t have time to dribble. We just have to pass, pass, pass, and then try to throw something up and hopefully make it. This is kind of reminiscent of the shot the guys made last year (Ben Brust vs. Michigan).”

“When you need a three, you don’t want people to get near folks. I can see why (Green Bay) were back a little bit, I understand. If you need a three and you get close and you fouled them and it goes in, now you’re in trouble. We’ve had that happen to us too.”

On if she believes her team can consistently play aggressively:

“I think so. We have to. Everybody says ‘We want to win. We want to go to the tournament.’ Well then, come on now, you’ve got to show it. You can’t just talk about it. Talk is cheap, action speaks. If you want something, you’re got to go out there and show it in your body language. You can’t just be passive and kind of stand there. You’ve got to get up on people. You’ve got to make them feel some pressure too, without fouling. Because we know the new rules now, you can’t touch people. Nicole gets really aggressive, but I’m like ‘Nicole, be aggressive without fouling so once they take off, you’ve got to back up.’ You can’t put your hands on people. Mick (Johnson) sometimes gets her hands on folks. That’s just automatic fouls. You can’t cry about it, that’s just the rules. And I like the rules. It gives freedom of movement. It allows you to get some drives to the basket.”

“We’ve just got to play better defense. I should’ve adjusted earlier with that post defense, because (Breannah Ranger) just kept scoring and scoring. Finally I was like ‘Just front her. Just don’t let her get the ball.’ Because if she gets it, she’s tough to cover, and she did a nice job for them, but Mick did a nice job at the end of not letting her get the ball.

“So now they’ve got to beat us from the outside off the dribble. We’re learning too. Coaches are learning too. This is my third year. I’m trying to figure it out. It’s nice to know we can come back and win a game when we didn’t play well the first half. The game’s not over in the first half. You’ve got to put two halves together, and you’ve got to play all the way to the end. If you lose it, at least you go down scrapping and not giving up and laying down. You can’t be a victim. You’ve gotta fight and come out and try to win the game.”

On entering Big Ten Conference play:

“I think we just needed confidence. Sometimes, everything’s not going to go your way. It’s not going to go perfect. I mean, we had some critical turnovers… It gives us confidence that even if you mess up, just like Mick said, just scratch it and keep moving. We’ll look at the tape later. We’ll figure it out, but you have to learn from the mistakes, too, and not make those critical errors.

“But they made some too, and it just kind of worked in our favor this time, but again, we’ve been on both sides of it. It’s a learning experience, but I’m proud of them. It was a nice birthday gift. I can breathe now. When you’re losing, it’s easy to start pointing fingers and being negative. You’ve gotta just stay together and figure it out.”

“And I’m proud of them because our team GPA is over 3.0 for the first time, team cumulative GPA is over 3.0. We’re competitive in all areas – academics and on the court.”

“This is better than any gift I could’ve gotten – any material gift. I’d rather have this all day long.”

Head Coach Kevin Borseth

On what he said to the team after the game…
“We won every single statistical category in that game. Everything, except that last five-second shot, and missed free throws and lay-ups. We had opportunities, we had plenty. But Wisconsin stepped up in the end and made the shots they had to make to win it.”

On whether there was discussion about fouling Wisconsin to stop the clock near the end of the game…
“We had a foul to give, so yes there was a thought process behind that but I did that once before against Maine and it backfired. They took a shot to make it a last-second game and she made it.” 

On the regret of missed free throws and lay-ups in such a close game…
“Yes, we’ve done that four games in a row now. This isn’t the first time, this is the fourth game we’ve done this. We just haven’t executed where we need to execute. It’s not that we’re not trying hard, because our kids are really playing hard, they’re playing together. We just need to be able to in the last five minutes of the game, we need to be able to put some points on the board. That’s pretty important.” 

On Wisconsin’s last-second shot…
“It was a hope and a prayer but what are you going to do? It’s part of the game.” 

On Michala Johnson getting into foul trouble early…
“We did a great job. I thought the whole game we did a great job of executing the things we wanted to execute. We shot 30 free throws against a team that only gives up 11 a game. So we did everything that we wanted to be able to do I felt, on the offensive end of the court. But at the end of the day, they didn’t go in and that’s what we have to get better at. We’re doing everything right, I think, but Wisconsin did a great job. I think they scored in five straight possessions down the stretch and to their credit, that’s a tough thing to do. But I think that shot really energized them.”

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