Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
MARCH 12, 2003

March 12, 2003

Colorado Quotes
Head Coach Ceal Barry

Opening remarks...
"Tera (Bjorklund) obviously on the inside was a machine. She was just taking the ball to the basket left hand and right hand. I thought she felt real comfortable in the low past and Linda Lappe and Sabrina Scott were getting her the ball on the inside. That was the first factor. Secondly, we felt if we could ever get to the free-throw line, they only had four fouls against them with four minutes left in the game. If we ever get to the free-throw line, we have won a lot of ballgames at the free-throw line. That line was definitely an asset to us down the stretch."

On Oklahoma's comeback...
"I thought we started holding the ball in the backcourt too soon. Most times when we get to the four-minute mark in the game, we are in the one-and-one and they had some fouls to give. They could work and try to force (turnovers), particularly with their quickness. Kate (Fagen) and Linda (Lappe) were standing in the backcourt just holding the ball waiting for them to foul them and they weren't going to foul them. That flustered them a little bit. Typically, down at the end of the game, we are shooting the one-and-one."

On whether Colorado got nervous at the end of the game...
"No. Not in the least. I think Oklahoma played hard. I think that we thought they were going to foul us. We didn't think and had little brain lapses and that happens."

On Bjorklund's performance...
"It is interesting how people play Tera. Some people double her and some people try to be real physical with her and push her. Some people try to find someone on our team that can't shoot and flop off. I thought there was a little combination from Oklahoma tonight. They flopped off Maria Billingsley. I thought Maria showed really good patience. Instead of throwing it up from the outside, she threw it right back in. And I thought they were real physical. Beky Preston was really pushing her off the block. That shows Tera's maturity right there by not getting emotional and frustrated. She kept her composure. It's hard to have a forearm in your back from 40 minutes. I think she did a really good job of just playing the game."

On Texas...
"Texas is really good. They are so balanced. They score from every position. They were all the recruits I have lost in the past four years. There they are, they are all on Texas' team. I have watched them for a long time and I think they are awesome. They were my No. 1 preseason pick and I hate to see that they proved it true. We are going to have to play flawless. We are going to have to play a perfect game. They can beat you from so many different spots. I think that they are one of the five best teams in the country."

Linda Lappe, Guard/Forward, Sr.:
On expecting Oklahoma to come from behind as they had the last time they played...
"We definitely did. They are a great team and they hustle. You always have to think that they are going to make a run. They are really competitive. We knew that they were going to come back at us and we knew that we needed to sustain it."

On playing Texas...
"I think that anytime you play against the No. 1 seed in your conference you have to be ready. We're looking forward to it. Like Tera said we didn't do so well down in Austin and we're looking forward to the rematch."

Tera Bjorklund, Center, Jr.:
On the game...
"My first couple shots didn't fall, but I still felt confident. I felt like the outside was really getting me the ball in really good position and they had really good placing so that allowed me to do a lot of different things."

On her teammates hitting outside shots early to open up the inside...
"It really did. You could tell the first five minutes, they were going down pretty hard depending on who had the ball. Our guards and our forwards stepped up and hit some big shots, got some threes. So that took a lot of pressure off of me."

On the biggest difference between this game and the last time they played Oklahoma...
"I don't exactly know the biggest difference, but I think that I got on a roll and felt a lot more confident than I did last time. Once you have that confidence that definitely really helps you. "

On playing Texas...
"I'm excited. I didn't think, I don't think anyone thought, that we played up to our potential. It will be great to play against them and I think that our match-ups are always good. I have a history with Stacy Stephens, because I played with her a couple of summers ago. She's a great player so I'm looking forward to that."

On tying the Big 12 Tournament single-game scoring record...
"I think that it's pretty exciting. I have to give credit it my team, they did a good job of getting met the ball. I want to give them credit."

Oklahoma Quotes
Coach Sherri Coale

Opening Comments:
"I give Colorado a lot of credit. I thought they were very poised offensively. I thought they were very patient and shot the ball so well from the three-point line. There wasn't much we could do about [Tera] Bjorklund [Colorado center]. It was hard to double on her. It was hard to run on the zone when they were shooting up from the three-point line. As poorly as we shot it at times, looking at the stats we shot 42% on the game, we missed a lot of open shots. All that being said, we had a chance to win it. If you look at the stats, it was even all the way across. We out-rebounded them, we got a ton of offensive boards, and more field goal attempts than they did. The bottom line was we didn't put the ball in the basket. We weren't real poised in the first half. We got better as the game went on, but it was too little too late.

On the upcoming NCAA tournament being in Norman and bouncing back:
"We will definitely be in Norman, it is just a question of when. The bounce back is what we have done all season long. We bounce back when we lost two players to tearing their ACL. After getting beat by Kansas State and Texas A&M we bounced back. We are incredibly young, but we will keep getting better. Colorado was more poised than we were today. I am not worried about us not bouncing back. We will get back to work and anything can happen in the tournament."

Dionnah Jackson, Sophomore Guard
On the late comeback:
"We had more stops in the end. Chelsi [White] came up with some big shots in the end. But they were answering and they hit their free throws."

On Tera Bjorklund's (of Colorado) game:
"She had a great game. She is a very tough player to guard. I give her credit for a great game."

Theresa Schuknecht, Senior Center
On the late comeback:
"We had a lack of urgency. We started playing with urgency for the last five minutes of the game, and we need to perform like that all game, not wait until the end."

On preparing for the NCAA tournament:
"We will go in next week, practice hard and play hard. Today's game doesn't determine our season. We will be fine as long as we refocus and play like Oklahoma."



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