Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 19, 2003

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the game:
"I thought we played really, really hard, particularly in the second half. I thought in the second half the effort was an intelligent effort. There was a purpose with all of our intensity on the ball and away from the ball. We went after rebounds and were much more aggressive than in the first half. I thought we really finally began to relax and began to play. I was really impressed with Maria (Villarroel), she was perfect for the night. That's a pretty good night at the office for her. Scoring 77 points with Chelsi struggling from the field the way she did is a really good indicator of our potential balance."

On Texas A&M:
They play physical and they're very athletic. When a shot goes up they go after it. Particularly, I thought late in the game it got very physical. Actually, I think it makes us play better. I think Antoinette (Wadsworth) really took her game to a different level. Theresa went up and snatched a couple of boards. I'm not upset with the way the physical nature turned because it seemed to actually work in our favor."

On Lauren Shoush:
Every team that's special, every team that has something that's extraordinary has a player that embodies the passion and that's what Lauren Shoush did for us tonight. It's like starting a wildfire, all you need is a match. We're all looking at each other sometimes to see who's going to be it. Shoush was definitely it tonight. She made plays. She got steals. She made good decisions passing the basketball. More than even that it was her energy, her disposition, and the look on her face. It only takes a spark and she was it."

Oklahoma junior Maria Villarroel
On her perfect night: "I was thinking, I haven't missed a shot. I think when we play hard on defense we can hit easy shots in transition."

Oklahoma senior Theresa Schuknecht
On Oklahoma's turnovers:
"I think we're still learning how to come out strong. We have the urgency of taking care of the ball early and not letting off after the first few minutes of the game. The second half, it finally clicked that we can't turn the ball over 16 times and beat anybody in this conference."



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