Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
Opening comment:
“I’m really proud of our team. I think we displayed a great deal of toughness, especially down the stretch after Morgan (Hook) went out. We got great minutes from T.T. [T’ona Edwards] and Gioya [Carter], great toughness from our bigs and our All-American (Aaryn Ellenberg) makes baskets at the end of the game. That’s a really good team. I have such respect for Kelly Graves. He does a tremendous job. They are experienced. They went deep in the tournament last year and they have everybody back. They are way better than 25 or whatever poll it is that has them 25. They are definitely a top-25 team and they are going to beat a lot of people.”

On what changed in the last half of the second half that let them rebound and score better:
“At one point in the second half they had 10 offensive rebounds and we had zero offensive rebounds. That was the difference in the game. That’s how they got the lead and I think it was attention to detail in terms of blocking out. It was Gioya Carter getting to the rim a couple of times and loosening their defense up a little bit. We were going to the free throw line and coming away with one and they were going to the free throw line and coming away with two and that’s hard to overcome. To our guys’ credit, we shot it well down the stretch when we had to have it.”

On what they did in the game to adjust:
“I thought we really showed our hands and tried to guard the ball with our feet and they are a really tough team to guard. They are really aggressive and they put the ball on the floor and they have a ton of shooters and they have size so it was just a challenge.”

Oklahoma Redshirt Sophomore Forward Kaylon Williams
On the flow of the game:
“It was a little hard at first. You just have to be patient and see how the refs are going to call it. When I went in and Portia [Durrett] went in at first there were calls on back-to-back rebounds. I kind of thought I couldn’t be as physical and I like the physical part of it. It’s really fun. You just have to know how your guy blocks out and how they’re rebounding offensively and defensively. You’ve just got to play with them and do the best you can.”

On the refs being helpful:
“We got a few fouls at the end, but throughout the game I kind of talked to the refs and asked them is this okay or is that okay? They were really helpful. They didn’t just say you can’t do this or you can’t do that. It was really beneficial to all of our bigs.”

On what changed on rebounding:
“I remember I just looked at Morgan (Hook) and she said, “go get that ball!” I love rebounding. That’s my favorite part of the game, so I just thought you’ve got to play for something bigger than yourself. That’s where great stories are made. I played for our seniors and this team. I’m going to go get rebounds. In the tightest part of the game that was the only thing on my mind at the time.”

On changing the fouls:
“It was a couple of back-to-back calls. When we huddle we talk about stuff that we need to work on. If we got a foul on defending screens then we’ll talk about that in the huddle and just change it. You’ve got to adjust to the refs.”

On getting the rhythm shooting free throws:
“Me and Nic (Nicole Griffin) shoot free throws on both ends before we play. We just reminded each other of that, it’s me and you in the gym, shoot them like that. We missed a couple, but that’s something we’re going to work on later.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Aaryn Ellenberg
On coming back in the end:
“Nothing they did got us bogged us down where we couldn’t come back from it. Every time they scored we had the mentality that we needed to get a stop and a score. If we foul then we’ve got to get fouls. It was resolved in not letting anything they did kill us.”

On getting over the down-by-1 hump:
“I kept thinking to myself that we’ve got to get over this hump. It seemed like constantly we would score and then we’d be down by one again. We just had to get over that hump and when we did that was where a lot of our energy came from.”

Gonzaga Head Coach Kelly Graves
On adjusting to new rules:
“It’s difficult because from being in the game, what kind of game is going to be called? Obviously I can’t comment that much on it, but it’s frustrating. Then what you tell your team to do is drive. I don’t know if this is going to make our game better or not. I assume we’ll adjust to it at some point. Tonight, it was in full fashion in that game. I don’t know how many field goals Oklahoma had in the second half, but it wasn’t very many. I challenged our team. We have to take that to heart. We have to do a better job. We have to move our feet. We had some dumb fouls. Credit them. They made plays down the stretch.”

On offense in the final minutes:
“We got the shots that we wanted. We don’t have an inside player that can demand a lot of attention and commands the ball, so we have to do a lot off the dribble. We have to do a lot with screening and perimeter jump shooting. Unfortunately, when you do that, there’s a bigger risk than if you have someone inside that can create some space and get some easy buckets late. I thought we had some really good looks. I thought Haiden Palmer has some really, really good looks.”

On OU guard Aaryn Ellenberg’s performance in the second half:
“We didn’t do anything different. Obviously, at halftime, she’d had such a good first half, she was an emphasis. We have a couple really good defenders that did a good job on her. The All-American that she is, she hit that little baseline, pull-up jumper that either tied it or gave them the lead and that’s what All-Americans do.”

On effects of new rules:
“Well, yeah, it is because then it becomes a free throw shooting team and we stink at free throws. We shot 62 percent and missed four late in this one, so we better figure out how to not make it a free throw parade. But, listen, everybody will adjust. We’ve got to get better. If that’s how they’re going to do it, we have to play better defense.”

On depth of team:
“We’re in pretty good position in that regard. We can go pretty deep.”




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