Post game quotes: Dec. 20 vs. Dartmouth
Dec. 20, 2011
Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb
"I think we did what we needed to do tonight. I told the team, we wanted to come out and do a couple things. We wanted to set the tone, with aggressive defense. So we came out pressing, kind of the way we did at the end of the Ohio State game. We talked about playing fast on offense, but also doing that with discipline. And last thing is, we talked about playing to our level. Playing to a level we feel like we are trying to get to and being the best that we've been this season, those were our goals. I thought we did a really nice job of forcing turnovers, and at the same time, not turning the ball over ourselves. There were a couple that we would like to have back, but for the most part, I thought we were able to play at a pace and make them uncomfortable without losing our comfort zone. There are always things we can get better at. We were a little ragged at times, and there is a lot of room for improvement, but I love our effort, I love our ability for depth, and I think it was a good win going into the holiday break."
On the play of Afure Jemerigbe
"And I have been saying this to my assistants over the last couple of days, I think Foo might be the most improved player over the course of the season, forget about from last year to this year. I think she has completely bought into the positions that we want to put her in, and then has the ability to score in a lot of different ways. I think her confidence is really high. I think she is playing very smart. I think she is practicing really well, which often translates into playing really well. I am really proud of her. I think she can be such a tremendous scorer for us. I think her defense has really picked up and tonight you just saw what she is capable of. She scored a bunch of points in the minutes that she was in and I though she did it under control and she had a lot of confidence."
On Dartmouth's shot-blocking
"I think they did a good job of sandwiching our posts and I think we got catches our guards were looking for them. And then finish, all of a sudden, were kinda crowded and we missed some point blank ones but Dartmouth did a good job of saying that we are going to take out their bigs, and yet we could still get the ball inside. We just didn't finish as well as we can. We have confidence in our post in being able to figure it out and score in different ways. And we obviously pushed the tempo a little bit today, up and down, which helped us."
On going into Pac-12 games
"I think that from the beginning of the year we have been trying to become what we call an elite team and they have been really good at focusing on that task at hand, whether that be Ohio State or Dartmouth. As it shifts into conference play, I think that any college basketball team that stops getting better, or that stops staying together and moving forward and continuing to improve, is not going to be where they want to be in March. I think that we will keep up that mind set and as coaches we will help them keep up that mind set. That being said, I also think they also understand that a Pac-12 championship is won as much on the road in Corvallis, as it is at home against UCLA and when we go across the bay to play Stanford. I think that they know the importance of each game in conference, but that is the mind set that we have had all along, so hopefully that's not going to be a hard transition. You know they get up for that conference opponent, that's really good for us."
Sophomore guard Afure Jemerigbe
On the difference in her play this season
"I think a lot of it has to do with confidence and being poised. I definitely feel more confidence to drive and make the right decisions on offense and defense."