Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 05, 2013

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On what the team’s defensive intensity means going forward:
“Well, I think it speaks to their maturity as a group and probably to the internal leadership from the four seniors in particular. I think they recognize that we are responsible for the energy we bring to the game. There wasn’t a lot of energy in the arena tonight and we knew that after pregame warmup and decided to take it upon ourselves to play the was we want to play and not be dependent on circumstances or opponents. It takes a certain level of maturity to be able to do that.”

On the team’s depth:
“I think it’s still a work in progress but I know more than I did on Saturday night. It was nice to have Morgan [Hook] back so we could move Gioya [Carter] off the point and a little bit more on the wing. It was nice to get Morgan some minutes just to kind of get her back in the flow because she hasn’t been able to go live except for yesterday. That was a bonus. Being able to establish our post, I think, was important in the second half. You’re figuring out how long (Nicole Griffin) can play really hard and be effective and how long (Kaylon Williams) can play really hard and be effective. You try to push that for each of them as hard as you can. You try to figure out what that magical moment is so you can keep that intensity in your transition game. I learned a lot more about that tonight.”

On if she learned more about her depth:
“I’m really excited about our depth. I looked at halftime and I think we played eight players just about the same amount of time in the first half. I don’t feel much of a drop off in those at all and I think that’s a real positive thing.”

On stifling UCO’s shooting:
“They took a lot of contested shots. Anytime that happens, even if you’re a great shooting team, it’ll drop that percentage severely. The thing I have been most pleased about, in a nutshell, in our two exhibition games is our effort defensively. We’re guarding people together. Not necessarily creating offense out of our defense, that’s not really our identity of who we will be. We’re making people take really tough shots. Not giving up layups, not fouling people and sending them to the free throw line. We’re guarding together and if we can do that we will be very successful defensively.”

On Kaylon Williams’ performance:
“I thought she established herself in the second half particularly. We talked at halftime about demanding the ball. Sometimes our post guys can be too unselfish. They want to catch and make the extra pass and swing it and they need to understand that they have an advantage in that situation. She did that in the second half. Her first move in the second half was kind of soft and iffy and from that point forward was really explosive. That’s one of the things we teach is to score closer than you receive it. I thought down the stretch in the second half she did a great job of that.”

On Aaryn Ellenberg’s confidence:
“She has an edge about her. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. I think that there are a couple things. I think she really appreciates the quality of her teammates and what they can do. I think she appreciates their skill set and trusts them completely. I think the second part of it is that this is it. This is her senior season and we have got a chance to do special things. You can say what you want to but she is the best player in the gym. If she’s the hardest working player and she’s edgy then that is just going to be contagious among everyone. I think she has gotten to the point where she is comfortable doing that. She’s comfortable with saying that this is the level we’re going to go at.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Morgan Hook
On the team’s intensity against UCO:
“Coach kind of talked about it before the game -- it’s not about who we play it is about us. We start the WNIT Tournament on Friday. We just really had the mindset of playing the best we could play and not about who were playing.”

On the comfort of thumb after dislocating the joint on Oct. 25:
“It feels great and it felt great to play tonight. It is what I am going to have to go with for a little bit. It feels great.”

On intensity on defense:
“I think it’s because we have to have that energy and edge because start the WNIT so soon and we don’t have warmup games in between. It is the mindset of working on our team before who we are playing. Like I said, the exhibition games are a warmup for ourselves and finding an identity before it gets going.”

On maturity of team:
“I think it comes from our leadership and the veterans taking the younger ones underneath our wings.”

Oklahoma Sophomore (RS) Forward Kaylon Williams
On coming off Achilles injury:
“I felt pretty good tonight running up and down the floor with Nicole [Griffin]. We kind of had a tag-team deal tonight being a threat on post and sending a message out early to some people that we are not going to be very soft. We are going to get some boards and rebounding is a big thing. Being able to be out there and comfortable with jumping and getting hit in the air, it feels normal now.”




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