Post game quotes: Nov. 26 vs. No. 22 Virginia
Nov. 27, 2011
Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb
"It feels great. I am so happy for our players and our program. I am a little bit relieved. More than anything, I am just so proud and happy for our players."
"We need to get to a point where we can really put people away. We will. We will grow with that. What I am extremely proud of was that we weren't really extending our lead in the second half. We kind of hung with them in the second half. We were tentative on offense, and then they made their run. We called a time out and I said hey, we have to win this. Don't play `not to lose'. That sparked us. I thought we started getting better looks against their zone. We were opportunistic in pushing it and getting some transition looks, and some shots that weren't falling we knew would start to fall. It was just a matter of looking our players in the eye and saying `we're winning this game. We're all right. Don't panic.' And reenergizing ourselves. I thought the players really responded."
"For me, personally, I wouldn't be where I am and have this job that I love without Joanne Boyle," said Gottlieb. "I felt that the best way to honor that was coach this game like I know how, prep like I know how. Treat it like it is a game against a top-25 team and for us to take steps towards becoming the team we want to be. I was really proud of our team and how they came out today and was thankful to get a win over a very good Virginia team."
"What I was proud of for our players was there was that lull in the second half. What I told them in the huddle is we have to go win this and take it from them. I was proud of our players doing that. I knew their team would be press. I knew they would have good action. But we were thinking about our team down the stretch and how we could pull it out."
Junior guard Layshia Clarendon
On the team's first win over a top-25 team "It is a relief to know that you finally got it. It's almost like tears. Maybe I will cry later. Especially after two heartbreakers against Rutgers and Texas. We could easily be 6-0 right now instead of 4-2, but it was such a relief to finally get one."
On her spurt to put the Bears up 14-7 in the early part of the game
"When you make your first shot, you are always like, it's going to be a good night. I'm going to be ok. It gives you confidence. It gives the team confidence. It makes them have to guard you. They can't sit in that zone. They had to start coming out, so our bigs started to get open."
On how they kept from panicking when Virginia started its comeback
"We relied on a little bit of experience. DP [Daron Park] said it best. You don't play 'not to lose', you play to win. We just learned that you can't start being timid. We were like, we need to keep playing. We need to keep running our stuff. I think that experience of knowing how to close a game and learning by playing two top-25 teams. We've already had a [NCAA] tournament-like experience early on."
On playing against the zone
"It wasn't very hard. We break the zone like pros because every team since Vanguard has zoned us because we are so hard to match up with as we have so many weapons. It is different things to match up. We are good at it. We've had a lot of practice."