Dec. 8, 2011
Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb
"This is one where we are certainly happy to get the win, get our stuff, go home, and take away from it what we can. Saint Mary's is a team that plays 100% man-to-man defense that came out in a zone, and we looked poised and confident. Our shooters knocked down shots. They run ball screens almost 100% of the time on offense. We had a game plan against that. I thought we came out great and got them out of that. So there were a lot of positive things. I thought at the start of the second half, our intensity waned a little bit and Saint Mary's came out with something to prove. They were physical. They were scrappy and I don't think we responded to that as well as we can. This is a team we feel we want to play through fouls that aren't be called. We want to play through aggression from the other team. We want to play through any sort of tempo changes. I think we are still learning and growing with that. There is a lot to be gained from this game. I'd rather learn it in a win than in a loss."
"They wrote on the board, 'This wasn't the prettiest win, but we'll take it'. We did some really good things early, but I don't think we finished the game the way we needed to."
"Eight of our 11 baskets in the first half were threes. We know we have good shooters. We try to play inside out. Most games, even when teams have played zone, we have been able to pound it inside. Tonight, they were so packed in, our shooters were wide open. I couldn't tell if that was by design, or because they don't really play zone and so they are slow to rotate to the shooters. That was a product of our ball movement and our confidence against the zone. So, to take a team out of what they normally do and make them play zone, we expect to score baskets. Tonight it was from beyond the arc."
On what she said to the team when the lead was cut to seven
"We made a couple of adjustments. At that point, they were getting comfortable with a little bit of a screening action we hadn't seen, so we went to some zone to get them out of rhythm and changed up how we were defending the ball screens. We told our players that we needed to be focused. That no one was going to give us anything. We needed to make plays. I thought they responded really well to that."