Nov. 23, 2008

Recap |  Box Score |  Notes

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
• On what the difference was in the game:
“We need to make open shots.  When it’s a one-point game, it can be one rebound, it can be one free throw, it can be one 3.   It can be a million different things.  I thought that was what made the difference in the game, because we had some chances to bury it.

“I thought psychologically we were really good.  I thought we battled back and we could have just stuck our heads and gotten buried there at the end.  We didn’t and we battled back.  We ran our final play and D-Rob [Danielle Robinson] got to the end and it didn’t go in.  I thought our battle was good.”

• On missing open shots:
“You have to try and create a rhythm.  The first part of the game we had no rhythm.  It looked like the Arizona State game again; just everybody on a different page.  I really think that’s a result of the different full-court press that we face.  You break it and you’re open and can’t tell the difference between good shots and great shots.  Then about midway through the first half, we had a couple rhythm possessions and we started to make baskets.  I think that’s what you worry about.  That’s what you work on; the rhythm and when and where the shots are coming.  Making them has to take care of itself.”

• On Ashley Paris’ improvements and versatility:
”Well she’s just so versatile because she can move so well now, and with that comes an added sense of confidence.  She wants the ball and she wants to score.  Her speed is a little bit deceptive to people now.  She’s more active in guarding more players on the floor.  She’s just playing with greater energy and greater confidence. “

• On the tempo of the game:
“We know we didn’t want to match the pace, but we also didn’t want it to slow down and make it their the game.  When you break your press, and you have a numerical advantage, and you need to take advantage of that.  We did slow it down a bit by running some zone which forced them to pass it around a little bit without taking a quick shot.  But you have to be careful with that.  We play fairly fast too, so you don’t want to try to do something that is not customary for you.  We wanted to control the temp a little bit, but for the most part, I don’t think the tempo got us.  Maybe a couple of times, but for the most part we have to make wide-open shots.”

Oklahoma Senior Center Courtney Paris
• On the game:
“North Carolina is really good and they have been good for a really long time. I think that expectations for ourselves is different this year, we don’t expect to lose games. We know that we have some big games coming up, so we need to get ready for those.”

Oklahoma Sophomore Guard Danielle Robinson
• On the height of North Carolina:
“Not really. It was more of just getting down lower so I could get a screen set in and come off of it and get it to one of the post players. The height of their players didn’t really affect me at all.”

• On last play to win the game:
“I think I rushed it a bit. I was trying to draw the foul but I didn’t get into her enough. Courtney (Paris) had a chance to get a rebound while she was getting blocked out. (OU assistant) Coach (Jan) Ross said, ‘I still want the ball in your hands at the end of the game,’ and that helped my confidence a bunch.”

• On Freshman Guard Whitney Hand:
“We definitely have her back and she has a great support staff. We tell her she is a great shooter and we tell her to shoot the ball and we want her to shoot the ball. As we play more games she will gain more confidence.” 

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North Carolina Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
• On the game:
“First of all it is an honor to be here and play in this event. Oklahoma is a great team. They have got so many good players and are so tough, especially inside. Our gameplan was to try and run them because if you let them get down inside and do all their stuff they’re deadly. There is just no way we could of matched up with them in there consistantly for 40 minutes. Our gameplan was to use our bench, which we did, and also to run up and down the floor. What a great women’s basketball game. Whether we had won or lost this should have been on national television. No. 2 and No. 4 against each other, and the players that were out there, on top of the style of play and the crowd. What a great crowd. I wish we had crowds like this at North Carolina. We don’t have crowds this good, we have a good crowd, but not like this.

•On her freshman center Chay Shegog:
“She is going to be alright. She is growing up and went out there and did a good job against probably the best post player in the country, without a doubt.”

• On junior forward Jessica Breland:
“She is so versatile, and was able to score outside and inside. She has a real laid back personality, but she has a great shooting touch. I don’t know if I have ever seen a kid with a better shooting touch.  The arch on the ball, it goes up and your like, ‘when is it coming down?’ But that good arch is what makes her shot so profentiant.“

 • On what won the game for North Carolina:
“I knew rebounding was going to be big. They out-rebounded us, but only by two. I think we got some big ones when we needed too. Again, I think the tempo for us, because in a slowdown half-court game there is no way that we could of played them like that. We like the up-tempo game and we were moving kids in and out of there. I just think that loose balls, steals and rebounds and knocking down some shots (won the game). “

• On Sooner guard Danielle Robinson:
“I’m telling you what, that kid can flat out play. She was just unbelievable. We couldn’t stop her off the dribble. There at the end I put (Rashanda) McCants on her because she was big and I knew she was probably going to take the ball to the basket, but we didn’t have anybody that could guard her. She is just really, really good.”
 
North Carolina Junior Forward Jessica Breland:
• On the outside shot giving her the advantage over Courtney Paris:
“It helped, definitly. I was kind of open and she would go for the shot-fake and I could drive around her. She was kind of playing off, so I would just shoot it.”

• On the outside shot giving her the advantage over Courtney Paris:
“I just had a lot of open shots I guess. I didn’t really notice how many points I had until the end of the game. I just tried to take good shots.”

North Carolina Freshman Forward Chay Shegog:
• On playing defense against Courtney Paris:
“I think I did well, but I could have done much better. Playing behind her wasn’t as effective as playing in front of her. Playing in front of her, I think we did a better job, especially with the double from the diagonal.”