Nov. 30, 2008
University of Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
“I thought Connecticut was fabulous. I told Geno (Auriemma) after the game that if you play like that and you shoot like that, you might win the men’s national championship. We didn’t particularly defend well but we didn’t play that poorly either. There were 16 turnovers in the game. It was just a beautiful women’s basketball game. They shot the ball extraordinarily well. We didn’t contest well; we gave them too many open three’s. Maya Moore is an animal.”
On Caroline Doty’s six-for-six three-point shooting
“It wasn’t a good sign. Looking at their first half three-point shooting percentage, I said in the locker room, ‘This can’t continue. Keep guarding them, this can’t continue.’ Lo and behold it continued.”
Do you have to have to give Connecticut three-point shots in order to contain Maya Moore and Tina Charles?
“You pick your poison and they got a lot of three’s because they beat us down the floor in transition and we had stop the lane, stop the ball, look where she (Caroline Doty) was and we couldn’t get matched up quickly enough. I though coming in that their transition game was just unlike any other and we just played (North) Carolina and Carolina is known for their transition. This was a different deal. Then you get so worried about making sure they don’t go by you with their speed, both Maya Moore and Renee Montgomery that all of a sudden you take a step inside and there’s Doty. She made a couple of free three’s but a couple of them were fairly contested, fairly rushed, one’s I’ve seen her miss many times on film. She sure didn’t tonight.”
Is this UConn’s best performance you’ve seen?
“I think so. I sat there is the second half and I said that this is the best we’ve ever played against them and we’re down 25. We played them with (Diana) Taurasi and (Sue) Bird and the whole crew. I don’t know that I’ve seen them play better than they did tonight.”
On Renee Montgomery’s performance
“I looked at her line at half time and I told TK, my assistant coach, that’s a great line at the end of the game. At half time she had nine assists, six rebounds and 13 points, something like that, and it just continued. When she’s in the zone, I’ve said that she may be the best point guard in America, because she gets it. She can score going to the rim. She can shoot a pull up. She can shoot a three. She can distribute, but she gets the management of the game. I think maybe she took two questionable shots tonight. Geno will probably say she took six or seven, but I think she took two that were maybe questionable. Otherwise, she just made beautiful decisions and what she did was go right at her (Danielle Robinson) when she got in foul trouble and that was a problem. That is her (Renee Montgomery) senior experience.”
Sophomore Guard Danielle Robinson
What did you see in that second half run when their lead went from eight to 20 in about three minutes?
“Coach had talked about us coming out better in the second half and I think we did a great job of cutting it to eight. Like Coach talked about, Maya Moore just hit shot after shot after shot and we tried to contest her.”
Senior Center Courtney Paris
What impressed you most about Tina Charles and Kaili McLaren?
“They just did a good job of pushing out and Tina especially is so athletic so we rushed a lot of stuff, just took it in. We just blew it instead of calming down and looking at the target. They just did a good job.”