Feb. 5, 2000
Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the game:
"I think that our team put out an outstanding effort today. We went out on the court out-shooting, out-defending and contesting Nebraska. We came up with every loose ball. We know that every time we play Nebraska it will be a physical game. Their guards are big and tough. Stacey Dales and LaNeishea Caufield are more physical this year, and they have more experience by having a year under their belt. We played tough on the perimeter and we rotated the ball in and out. I think we were able to make an impact against Nebraska by our zone defense. Nebraska didn't know how to react to it and the their shots didn't fall. We made a commitment before the game to go out and win and the game results speak for themselves. Effort plays change the color of the game. We put out effort to win this game. Every time you win a game, the next game is uncharted territory. Right now, our focus is on the present."
On Nebraska's Brooke Schwartz:
"Stacey Dales did a great job of guarding Brooke Schwartz and she still didn't contest her shot. Schwartz's shooting is on and off and she came out ready to shoot today. She threw up shots and hit everything."
Oklahoma Senior Forward Phylesha Whaley:
"My shots in the first half weren't going in for me. I wasn't getting a good shot every time I put one up. I had to step back and take good shots when I got them."
Nebraska Head Coach Paul Sanderford
On the game:
"I have to give a lot of credit to Oklahoma. I thought they really hurt us in the last two minutes of the first half. We were trying to keep it close and make some adjustments but we made some mistakes and they made some plays that hurt us. That made it a nine-point deficit going into halftime and that gave them a lot of momentum. My basketball team was not very good today. We were flat. I'm very disappointed but we have eight games to go and we have to regroup.
On Whaley, Caufield and Dales:
I thought we did a good job on Dales, but Whaley and Caufield were very good today, and Stacey Dales seems much more team-conscious than she did last year.
Senior Guard Nicole Kubik
On Oklahoma's second half run:
"We stopped playing defense and we were leaving their best shooters wide open, and they were knocking them down. Against great teams you can't just leave the shooters wide open, especially against players like Phylesha Whaley. You have to get a hand in their face and hope they miss."
On going into halftime:
"Of course you don't want to go into halftime nine points down. We didn't finish the first half very strong but we didn't think we were out of it. If we could have come out the first five minutes of the second half and cut the lead down, we would have been fine. But in the first five minutes they extended the lead and from there on were in control."
On Oklahoma's team:
"The have so many weapons it is hard to stop them. Whaley in the post today was outstanding. She's about 5'10" and we had people over 6-feet who couldn't block her shots, and they were going in."
Senior Guard Brooke Schwartz
On poor execution:
"It is frustrating when we don't come out and execute our game plan. At times we looked like we had no clue what we were doing tonight. The coaches did all they could do to prepare us but we just didn't get it done."
On Oklahoma's team:
"Honestly, I think OU's out to prove that they belong on top, and I think this game gave them a lot of confidence."