Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 21, 2002

Dec. 21, 2002

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the game:
"I don't remember the last three minutes of the game very clearly. I thought late in the game we tried to script things to get Chelsi (Welch) and Dionnah (Jackson) shots and that was pretty successful. It wasn't the last five minutes of the game that put us in the position that we were in. It was turning the ball over early and having opportunities in the first half that we didn't capitalize on. SMU played great and give them credit. They shot the ball very well, probably better than any game all year. They made plays when they had to."

On the amount of turnovers:
"I'll tell you why these guys had so many turnovers, they are reeling. They have lost three of their teammates and it's tough. They are hanging on and I am incredibly proud of them for gutting it out and trying to find a way to win."

On the final shot:
"The last shot of the game that SMU scored on is entirely my responsibility. I rolled the dice and decided to trap and try to create a turnover. I knew they would hold it until the very last second and it was going to depend on whether or not the shot went in the basket. The way Cossey was unconscious; I knew the odds were probably not in our favor. We thought at least if they throw it around and scramble they would get a lay up at worst. How they were able to find Cossey on the backside of the floor, I don't know. I knew it was going in before she ever caught it."

Sophomore Dionnah Jackson
"We need to come together as a team. We have lost a lot of players, but right now it's about the10 or 11 that are on the floor. We need to come together as a team and fight together. That's what it is about."

"We needed to come up with big stops and we didn't. It took away our momentum offensively. Once again, it goes with us all being on the court together at the same time. They played hard, you have to give them credit."

Freshman Chelsi Welch
"We are reeling but we can't let that be our excuse. We have to play through it just like we have all year. I think we will come through and do that."

SMU Head Coach Rhonda Rompola
On the game: "Our team showed a lot of character coming off the loss to USC. We got something today that we haven't gotten all year and that is point production. We've really struggled with putting the ball in the hold and we got very good balance in our scoring today."

On the final play:
"We were lucky that Kendall (Shead) saw Adrea (Cossey) at the end of the game. They trapped us and she was wide open and she just nailed the shot."

SMU Junior Guard Andrea Cossey
On her game winning shot after missing two straight three-pointer's: "I just had to keep my confidence up. I knew that the shots would start falling sooner or later. I'm still mad that I took a shot earlier in the game that shouldn't have taken. But when they passed it to me, I didn't hesitate for a second."



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