Jan. 4, 2012

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Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the play of the Oklahoma defense:
“They gave us great energy. Defensively we really speed Iowa State up. There were several turnovers. I think Iowa State turned it over several times during that span. They made really good decisions running the team. Knocking down those shots really help the team also.”

On Joanna McFarland’s performance tonight:
“Joanna was fantastic from the opening tip in every phase of the game, from rebounding to scoring from every spot on the floor. The thing that I am most proud of her is her ability to move on to the next play now. She is so hard on herself that sometimes she is unable to do that. She is able to do that now, though, whether it be a missed block out here or a layup missed. She is a great shooter. This is a perfect example for young players everywhere. Jo got in the gym this summer and earned the right to believe that every time she shoots it is going to go in. That’s what you do.”

On the confidence she has in her freshmen:
“All three of those girls have had to learn to be coached. They have failed and they have learned from it. There was a time when if the game was in question, five or six games ago, that I would never have put three freshmen in by themselves. Minute by minute and putting them in situations where every possession did matter, or even situations where it didn’t, has helped. Again, it is an approach to practice as well. All three of them have been so coachable in practice.”

On how she thinks her team will look compared to other Big 12 teams tonight
“I think that if you can win by 20 in this league, no matter where or who, that it is a pretty big deal.”

Oklahoma Junior Forward Joanna McFarland
On her performance tonight:
“It was a good game. I was nervous for this game. I haven’t been nervous for a game a lot this year with being a junior. It was kind of weird, but it was a lot of fun. They are a great team. I was just ready to go. I mean, it’s Big 12 time. We were all ready to go. Our team played great.”

Oklahoma Freshman Guard DaShawn Harden
On her performance stepping in when Morgan was in foul trouble:
“I was really excited. I knew I had to step up because Morgan got into foul trouble. I just went in and played. Of course, I was really nervous, but after a while it just went away. I was just able to read their defense better. Aaryn (Ellenberg) told me that people in this league are stronger and faster so you can’t throw wild passes, so I slowed myself down and thought about each pass before I made it.”

Oklahoma Junior Guard Whitney Hand
On Harden’s performance as the alternate point guard:
“We have all the confidence in the world in DaShawn. She has been a little bit nervous. As a freshman every game is huge. This was her first Big 12 conference game and sometimes that shows, but this game she was very confident in herself. Coach Coale does a great job of putting us in these positions. There have been times where she has had to fail, but she has grown from that. Tonight showed her growth, her improvement and how she has let herself be coached. I thought she played awesome.”

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Iowa State Head Coach Bill Fennelly
On the game:
“They really ratched up their defensive pressure. They got Nikki [Moody] on the bench in foul trouble. They did a great job of defending us in the first half. They got in our head. We thought things were going okay for a road game, but when we had a good look, we missed it. We have some people that had a goose egg from 3 ... and that’s hard for us. And then certainly Joanna McFarland had a great game. That’s what happens in the Big 12. We got hit in the mouth, bloodied our nose a little bit and didn’t handle it very well. It’s a good lesson that we can hopefully learn from.”

On Hallie Christofferson’s performance:
“She did not have a good night. She’s struggled recently. She really struggled to get her shot. I thought they defended her great. She’s a finesse kid and they really binded her up and made it hard for her to get a clean look at the basket. And when she did, she missed it. She missed three lay-ups in the first half that normally she would make. So that’s a big part of our offense that we need to start working on. We’re offensively challenged as it is. So when someone you’re going to to score doesn’t get you points, that hurts. We’re not a team that’s going to score a ton of points but the people that are getting the plays run for them need to do a little better job.”