Nov. 14, 2010
Head Coach Joanne Boyle
"Just a really good game for us. A good weekend. I thought we shot the ball really well. Got a lot of people some minutes tonight. Rebounded the ball. Overall, it was just a really good game for us."
An assessment of where your young team is now after two games?
"Growing. I think they have just had a really good weekend. They are very different games, in some respects. I thought we adjusted well to both. When you shoot the ball well, that always helps. I thought they had a lot of confidence in doing that. I thought the key was to not allow [Saint Mary's] get off early threes and don't let them live and die at the free throw line, because that is what they did the other night [against Washington State]. I think they had 30 points at the free throw line. I'm proud that the kids can buy into game plans. At the same time, we're getting more comfortable on the offense end. At least tonight we were. We shot the ball really well."
On how early shooting success in the game affect the young team's confidence?
"It's huge, especially when you do it early in the season. Mikayla, Lindsay, [Afure Jemerigbe], [Rachelle Federico]. They all made baskets tonight. I think it settles them down and gives us a different element we haven't had before. It allows the post to get one-on-one touches. There is more balance on our team. I think it helps in so many areas."
On the play of freshman guard Lindsay Sherbert
"She did a great job. She really is trying to play two positions for us. She hasn't had to do it that much yet, but she is trying to play the three and the four. Her length really disrupts people. I think her shooting is good. She doesn't have that 'deer in headlights' look that she had in the exhibition game. I think she has found her way a little bit. Really wants to learn the game. Spends time doing the extra stuff. Complements us really well. Anytime you can extend the defense the way she is doing for us now makes life so much easier. Works hard. Throws her body out."
On how it felt to have her freshmen make seven threes
"It's nice to be able to sit back and coach. You don't have to try to finagle every little possession and every little quick hitter. They get to play a little bit. I love pushing tempo with Eliza and Layshia and bumping people up on the wings for threes. Giving D and Rama some easy touches. It's so much more fun. It's not such a grind."
On upcoming trip to New Mexico
"It's our first time going away, not to mention going to 'The Pit'. I think the atmosphere is going to be a new thing for everyone. Even the sophomores, I don't think they have played in an environment like The Pit. New Mexico is typically great shooters and a system team. The altitude always kills ya, so we need to get down there and stay hydrated. That's an environment we need to play in to get some more experience for games down the road."