Nov. 19, 2010

 

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Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the team’s adjustment to six newcomers:
“I’m proud of our guys, I thought we really competed for 40 minutes.  We got a lot of things to still work on, a lot of things.  I thought we played against the game and did a nice job keeping our focus directed on the possession at hand.  Everybody who came in contributed in some form or fashion -- a good early performance, but still lots of room for improvement.”

On the team’s intensity on the defensive side of the ball:
“I thought we played well defensively, I thought we fought hard and we played smarter than we did in Milwaukee.  We played real hard (there), but we were greedy and tonight our position was better and we stayed between our guy and the rim.  We’re a little bit smarter on our trapping angles and our gapping.  We still fouled a little bit more than what I would like to but the defense was better.  So, overall, I thought we took a big step forward defensively.”

On what the team needs to work on:
“Rebounding, for one. It wasn’t until about three or four minutes left in the game that we moved ahead in the rebounding margin and still we ended up only out-rebounding them by four.  We’ve got to get more second chance points on offense.  We go through spells on offense where we don’t make baskets we have to get more than one attempt.”

On the play of the post players:
“I thought both of them did a nice job of catching cleanly first, which is something we’ve been working on.  When you catch clean you’ve got a better opportunity to turn and score, when there was isolated coverage they did just that.  Part of great post play is being able to ascertain when you’re guarded one-on-one and when there’s help there.  We’ve been a little too selfless in the post here early on -- we just catch it and kick it right back out and don’t ever test the defense.  Tonight, I thought not only did we test the defense, but we found confidence in doing that early and obviously the numbers speak for themselves.  Joanna (McFarland) and Lyndsey (Cloman) we both real steady and part of the credit goes to the guards putting the basketball on the spot where they could do something of it.”

On an upcoming matchup with WAC favorite Fresno State on Monday:
“They score a bunch of points.  They defeated Sacramento State 120-93, shot 45 3’s in that game.  They push the basketball and shoot it well, shoot it quickly and you have to score a lot of points to beat them.”

On how the team can improve:
“I think this team has a very high ceiling because I think they have a very high basketball IQ at an early stage.  A lot of the things we do in practice are January-February type of things and we haven’t quite translated that to games yet, but that’s part of the process.  The fact that they can see those things and make those things happen in a practice gym in November gives me great hope for how that can continue to improve.”

Western Illinois Head Coach Leslie Crane
On the game:
“We were glad to be able to come down here. I was hoping that we would be able to give Oklahoma a little bit more than we were able to give. I felt like the first 10 minutes we were pretty frazzled and didn’t settle down and do a lot of the things we needed to do. I felt like afterwards we did much better within the last 30 minutes defensively and offensively doing some things, and running some of our offensive sets in getting to the glass.”

On going against Oklahoma’s speedy defense:
“There are some things you just can’t simulate in your practice sessions and that’s one of them especially in our situation. We are going to see pressure from people in our conference, but not this type because you have big, long, lean kids and their guards that can really get after things and cover a lot of area. The pressure really got to us that first 10 minutes and once we figured out that what we went over for their one-three-one trap was working and we decided to continue to run that. It took us awhile to make those adjustments, but we made those adjustments.”

On what the team can take from this game:
“We knew that the first four games were going to be difficult for us this year because it’s the fundraising part of our program. What do we take out of this? You take the experience of playing in such a great environment, you take the experience of playing No. 9 in the nation and they are on a whole different level. You compare it to what you did at Iowa State and you look at the positives that we came out of here with as far as point production and what we got more kids to do inside and battling their post player at times. We will find as many positive as we can. This is all good experience for the new kids we have in our program to get them ready for conference play. I felt like we started handling their pressure that tells me we are going to handle the pressure somewhat better against the teams in our conference that are going to try to do the same thing. It’s all building. We are building for what we are going to be doing second semester. The competition level, playing night- in and night-out is going to make you better.”