Nov. 22, 2010

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Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the game:
“I thought the first 32 minutes were spectacular. I thought we played really well.  Offensive spacing was crisp, timing was good, decisions were good, we made baskets and it all looks so pretty when you’re making baskets.  But, defensively, we were really in gear with the game plan. We did exactly what we wanted. We did a great job on the boards and it was a really solid first half.  Then at halftime we talked about a couple of little things that we could have done better in the first half defensively and we did those better in the second half. So we learned, even from that, and I thought in the first 10 minutes of the second half were really good, then recess ensued. 

On the play of Senior Guard Danielle Robinson:
“Well I think her speed is so hard to prepare for.  I don’t know what you do in practice to try and simulate that.  When she starts a game as aggressively as she did tonight that sort of shocks the defense and I felt like she certainly put Fresno on their heels a little bit.  Then that opened up 3-point shooters. We made those and they were sort of in a quandary of: what do we try to take away? So really the intensity, the punch that she gave us to open the game is what started to snowball, and that was a really positive thing.”

On the team’s chemistry:
“I just think for this early in the year with six new people is pretty exceptional, so I think that speaks to our senior leadership and maturity of our team as a whole.  They (seniors) have really taken ownership of these young guys and I think that does a couple of things.  It assures that the young guys are moving in the right direction, but it also makes those guys feel like they are responsible. They are responsible for living up to the expectations of these older guys, who are responsible for not letting them down and I think that breeds a very positive environment.”

On the play of senior guard Lauren Willis:
“The thing about Lauren is that she is incredibly confident, she never gets her head down and she plays within her abilities.  She does those things that she can do, she just has been a spectacular senior.  I told the team in film a couple weeks ago that if I had to name an MVP right now it would be her because of the way she talks in practice, she moves without the ball to get our offense initiated and just does the things she can do well.  It’s so important, that’s why she comes out of games and she has zero turnovers in 15 minutes, because she doesn’t do things she can’t do.  That makes her worth her weight in gold and then some.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Danielle Robinson
On the continuity of the team:
“I think Morgan (Hook) and Carlee (Roethlisberger) are hitting open shots and playing aggressively. Everybody is just doing what they do in order for us to be successful. I think that our defensive ability to lock down people and adhere to the game plan translates into easy offensive buckets for us. When they have to stop me in transition it’s easy to have a kick-out when we’re moving off penetration and reading well.”

On the rest of the Sooners guard play:
“It helps a lot. I think if they were trying to deny me then either Jaz (Jasmine Hartman) or Aaryn (Ellenberg) could bring up the ball. They both play extremely well full-court defense, which allows us to get easy buckets. I mean Aaryn, obviously, doesn’t play like a freshman and having Jaz and the experience calls for a pretty intense backcourt.”

Oklahoma Sophomore Forward Joanna McFarland
On tonight’s game:
“When everybody is hitting it’s just fun to play on all cylinders. D-Rob is great in transition and if she doesn’t keep it then we have guards out on the perimeter and it makes it easy because they don’t know whether to guard out or in. It is just fun to play with these people and we click so well together.”

On the chemistry of the team:
“We have great team chemistry. Everybody loves each other on this team and really this year everybody wants everybody to do well and we trust each other. It translates onto the court.”

Fresno State Head Coach Adrian Wiggins
On the game:
“Give credit to Oklahoma, they are a very well-coached team.  Good players -- really the best was Danielle (Robinson).  She started playing in high school as a California kid and has really gotten a lot better even from what I thought she could.  Trust me, I called her a bunch of times and she never answered.  I knew she was a good player.  This was such a good game for us to come play because they just do everything so well and it will really make us better.  It doesn’t feel good right now but it will be worth it to us in the end. It was a good experience and hopefully we will get better for it.”

On Danielle Robinson:
“She’s tough, she is about as fast as she needs to be. I don’t know how fast she is but she is as fast as she needs to be. She just keeps moving and moving and I was really impressed because she could do it with the ball in her hand.  That’s a special talent, a lot of people can’t do both. She is difficult.  It really put a stress on our defense. “

On OU’s team chemistry on the court:
“They really have a comfort about them.  I’ve seen their two games on tape and, obviously, today.  They’re comfortable with one another right now.  I think that’s what you can see that we’re not.  We have some new players and they’re figuring out returners.  We’re still learning that.  One thing we really learned today is that they just don’t take any plays off. They play hard pretty much every possession and that’s something that we’re not very good at yet.  That’s really my problem.  I was really impressed.”