March 11, 2011
Head coach Joanne Boyle
"I want to give credit to UCLA. I think Nikki has got them in a great place. They are really playing hard and getting ready for a championship game and a probably a really good run into the NCAA Tournament. For us, I thought we had a really good two games coming in. Today, I was disappointed with our effort. Just trying to get our team to compete. It kind of tells the story of our season. How we'll compete and then we will shut it down. How to compete day in and day out for forty minutes, I think we need to learn how to become that team."
"To be a championship team, you have to wear that jersey with pride and you have to walk into practice every day and compete. You have to have a passion for your sport. You have to look at it as an opportunity a lot of people don't have. You have to value the fact that you have been given the opportunity. We are not always on the same page with that. That is my biggest frustration."
On how hard it was to come back from an early deficit and UCLA's pressure
"We talked about the press break and breaking it with confidence. People wanting to be part of the press break. Sometimes you have people hide and not flash big. We'll break a press and then just hand the ball to Layshia and we expect her to run a play instead of participating in the runs you can have. That is kind of what I am talking about. Everyone has got to want to be a part of that. I think we struggled there. We struggled on the boards. We struggled to make layups. Our confidence was shaken. You are not going to get better looks than right-handed layups. So we have to be able to finish. Other people need to be able to put the ball in the basket for us. I fell that we played tentative at times. That press got us rattled. We took the ball down the sideline way too much. We needed to keep the ball in the middle of the floor."
On whether fatigue was a factor in the game
"I didn't see my team tired. I can tell when my team is tired. I think it was how we started the game. We got punched in the head a little bit and we just deflated. We didn't respond to it. When it comes easy, we're good. When it doesn't come easy, that is when we have to find that 'it factor' that teams have. We need to find the 'it factor' when things are tough."
Freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe
On what it felt like to be in the face of constant, persistent press
"Yes, it was tough. We needed to flash and get open. We were constantly working to be available for our teammates. I felt we were not poised and we hid behind UCLA players. We forced Layshia to handle the ball the whole time. It's tough."