Dec. 3, 2008

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Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
• On the game:
“We were uninspired in every phase of the game.  Uninspired, disappointing effort after the game in Connecticut.  Those things are supposed to damage you and hurt you and change your behavior.  I thought we took the floor like a team that thought we could show up and win because we had Oklahoma on our jersey.  It’s, yes, typical to let down after a big game like that, and yeah, we had a long travel and all kinds of things.  We don’t accept explanations or excuses.”

• On pulling out the starting five after only about a minute and a half:
“There wasn’t a single one of them playing with life or playing with energy, communicating, all the things that we feel like we hang our hat on with this program.  So I was going to find somebody who would.  I love the way that the five that came in changed the flavor of the game immediately.  They got tired like you do the first game of the season with your adrenaline is all pumped up and you can’t catch your second wind.  They all looked like they were about to die after two minutes.  They think it’s just the ‘oh my gosh, it’s so early and I’m going in,’ and maybe they weren’t mentally prepared.  I thought their effort and energy was so much better.”

• On the offense rhythm picking up near the end of the game:
“It was a little better at the end.  We went to some corner stuff at the end where we had a three-man game and a two-man game.  We got a lot out of that really; we even passed up some stuff in that.  And we had better rhythm probably than we had earlier in the game.”

• On Creighton head coach Jim Flanery setting up the defense :
“He’s good.  He’s really good.  We noticed early on they had a bigger guard on Danielle (Robinson) because that’s where they were going to double from.  Then that size going into double on Courtney (Paris)made it more difficult for her to pass out.  So we struggled with that a little bit early on, but more than anything, it was just our movement away from the ball. We all just stood and stared.  Whether it was while D-Rob (Robinson) was dribbling it, whether it was while Courtney caught it in the first, everybody just stood and stared like ‘go make a play.’”

• On the diversity of Oklahoma’s schedule this season:
“One of the things that is so good about our schedule is that we play so many different styles of teams.  I’d like to say you have the wisdom to place all these, but you don’t.  You just take games when you can get them.  But it’s interesting how it’s lined up.  You go play North Carolina and they run and run and run. Then you go play Marist and they’re going to set 92 screens and second cut and move and then all of this offensive intelligence in the half-court.  And then you go play Connecticut and it’s track meet and it’s mano-y-mano and they’re not doubling on anybody because they all feel like they can hold their own.  Then you come back and play Creighton and they want to walk the ball down the floor, set their screens, run their offense, go double the post and jam the lane.

“It’s completely different types of basketball.  We have to get to the point where we’re good enough to play our brand of basketball regardless of what the defense is doing or the opponent is doing on either end.”

Oklahoma Guard Danielle Robinson
• On being one of the final two starters to return from off the bench after being pulled early:
“I really don’t think at that point we were thinking, ‘let’s get back in.’ It was our job to lead from the bench and we had to communicate to other people on the court and everyone else on the bench what job they had to do.”

• On Courtney Paris’ effort in the final minutes:
“I think it definitely makes a difference because Coach (Coale) talked about how as my girl got down the court, Courtney was already posting and the defense didn’t have time to go down and double.”

Oklahoma Forward Amanda Thompson
• On leading from the bench:
“It was a different route to take. We had to find a way to lead from off the bench. It wasn’t like, ‘I hope I get back in.’ It was, ‘you’ve got to regroup yourself and get everybody involved,’ because we definitely started off slow.”

• On the play of Oklahoma early in the game:
“We were dragging and not playing with are hearts. Just going out there and playing like you will play good just because you are out there. You have got to find it from within and go play like you mean it. I mean like we just got killed by 30 (on Sunday).”

• On being subbed out of the game:
“My first instinct was, ‘oh my goodness,’ but then it was like oh my goodness because it was time for us to come out because we were not doing anything. I had no doubt about it that our bench was going to come in and change the tempo of the game.”

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Creighton Head Coach Jim Flanery
• On the game:
“I think the last three minutes of the first half or the last five minutes of the game were the only times where we weren’t competitive, so I think we’re going to take a few good games out of it.  Oklahoma, physically, is a team that can wear you down.  They can score baskets a little bit easier than we do because they score so well off of missed shots.  They’re a great rebounding team; I thought that was the key.  When we struggle for offense, it’s usually one shot; when they’re struggling to hit shots, they’re getting two and three, and the second and third ones are usually a little closer to the basket.

• On playing against Oklahoma:
“I liked what we did in terms of doubling the post and rotating out.  I thought at times we had them frustrated.  They’ve got a lot of weapons.  (Danielle) Robinson, I told our kids before the game, for a kid who doesn’t shoot a 3 -- I don’t know if she can’t shoot a 3, but doesn’t shoot a 3 -- she does a lot of really good things.  She’s really hard to stay in front of when you can still give her a lot of space.”