Jan. 4, 2009

Recap |  Final Stats |  Notes

Head Coach Sherri Coale
• On the game:
“I think games like this are sometimes hard to play and I challenged our guys before the game to make sure that we played in such a way that we respected the sport that we love regardless of what happens.  Typically this last game that’s played before Big 12 play begins, your minds are on what’s on the horizon.  I thought for the most part we did a pretty good job at staying in the moment.  They play hard, kept it clean making baskets, doing things we wanted to do, working on things we wanted to work on.  The bench came in and logged significant minutes, which I thought was very important.  Overall, I’m pleased and I think our team is ready for what comes next.”

• On today’s game developing the team’s maturity:
“I think it does help develop a sense of mental discipline and I think you find out a lot about yourselves from the maturity level as a team on how you function when you’re up by 30 or 40 or 50, if the case may be.  Do you have the maturity and the self-discipline to still play every possession as though it’s the most important one regardless of what the score is?  And we didn’t do that all the time today, but we did it more often than not.  I think that these guys are turning into a pretty mature bunch and I think they have their sights set on the right things.  I think that they enjoy being on the floor together.  All of those things together are good indicators for what lies ahead.”

• On the competition of the Big 12 this season:
“This might border on ridiculous to tell you the truth.  I’ve heard about various games being televised nationally and commentators talking about two teams from the SEC in the top 10, the Big East has three or something, and hey, there are four from the Big 12 South.  Not just the Big 12 Conference, but the Big 12 South in the top 10 in the country; almost the top five.  We almost make up the top five.  Kansas State’s undefeated, Nebraska just knocked off Arizona State and Iowa State just beat Vanderbilt which was ranked number 19.  So even those teams that aren’t ranked in the top 10 are knocking off people who are in the top 20.  It’s an amazing league and once again the South especially is unbelievably tough.  But it makes it fun.   I’ll tell you what, by the time the postseason rolls around, you know what you’re made of after you compete in this kind of conference.”

Junior Guard Nyeshia Stevenson
• On advice to teammates when beginning the Big 12 Conference schedule:
“Basically, I would say just play your game. You know what you can go out and do. So, go out and do the best thing you can do and do it well. Just go out and play your game. Don’t worry about the other team.”

• On playing in the Big 12 Conference:
“We basically try and stay at one game at a time. We know and it is always in the back of our minds that our conference is the best and we are in it and everyone has to watch out for it. There are no guaranteed games and so we are going to come out one game at a time and play our best.”

Freshman Guard Whitney Hand
• On keeping focus when playing in blowout games:
“In the locker room, Coach (Coale) wrote down scores of some of the other Big 12 teams and it was like (Oklahoma State) won by 30 points. So I think that our mentality was how much can we absolutely throttle these guys and do everything we can do and go into conference, knowing we can compete with the best  and we are one of the best teams in the nation. As a team that is our pride and (Coale) talks defensive and offensive pride all of the time and that is these easiest way to stay in it.”

• On if she is looking ahead at the Big 12 Conference schedule:
“No, not really. I am looking at practice schedules and trying to take a lot in right now. Honestly, it is one game at a time right now and you can’t look past anybody or they will come back and beat you. I think we have a challenging schedule but I think we can handle it.”