March 4, 2009

Recap |  Box Score |  Notes

OU head coach Sherri Coale
On winning the Big 12 regular season title at home:
“It’s fun, I’ll tell you that.  To be able to clinch it and celebrate on your home floor, it makes it that much more special because you get to share it with the best fans.”
 
On the intensity of the game:
“We knew we’d get a great shot from Texas Tech, but we never really got in sync.  I think we lost the flow of the game early and we never really have offensive rhythm.  I thought we did a good job defensively; we just couldn’t convert, but we did get easy looks.  It’s almost like we were surprised.  We missed a bunch of tip-ins and a few free-throws, but as we’ve done all year long we found a way to win.”
 
On what the Paris twins have done for the program:
“It’s hard to put into words.  Obviously, statistical categories have been shattered and changed as a result of their presence here.  Our fan base has continued to grow, it’s created additional national attention for women’s basketball and opened some doors for us in terms of recruiting more kids; more high school All-Americans just like them.”
 
On the team’s performance tonight:
“Here’s the thing, we all feel we played very poorly.  Everybody’s a little ‘gah, we wanted to play better than that.’  And then you look at the numbers and the balance we had and two guys had a double-double.  I think that kind of tells you where the bar is internally for these kids.  It's not just the win, it’s how we won.”
 
On advancing into the post season:
“Well you do need to take some momentum with you into the Big 12 tournament and from the Big 12 tournament into the NCAAs.  This game at Texas on Sunday is important.  It may not be for a trophy or for a conference championship, but it’s important.”
 
 
Oklahoma Sophomore Guard Danielle Robinson
On the atmosphere of senior night:
“You can already tell from the atmosphere and the crowd is crazy here. I am happy. I can’t even describe it.”

On momentum going thought the rest of the season:
“Our momentum through this game is going to carry us for the rest of the season. We have a big one at Texas on Sunday and I think that the way this game ended is really going to push us through.”

On the season:
“We still have one game left in the Big 12 in the regular season and it’s a big one at Texas. We are going to take it one game at a time and we are ready for what is next.”

Oklahoma Senior Center Courtney Paris
On senior night:
“It means so much to have everybody out and to have a chance to thank everybody for what they have done.  I haven’t given the University half of what they have given me and I am so grateful to be a part of it.”

On making a promise to get to the national championship:
“I want to give back. I wanted to come here and help our team win the national championship and I haven’t gotten that done and I want to get that done. That is what I promised and, if not, than I don’t deserve what I have gotten from them.”

Oklahoma Senior Forward Ashley Paris
On senior night:
“Obviously your entire senior year you are going to think about senior night and tonight I could not bypass that. It is a huge deal and it was the last time playing on this court. It was very emotional, both sad and happy at the same time.”

On the game:
“Texas Tech is really good, so our main focus them while we were on the court. We didn’t have time to think about the festivities and the stuff that was happening after. Our focus was on them.”

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Texas Tech Head Coach Kristy Curry
Opening statement:
“There is no such thing as feeling good after a loss, but it is how you win and lose. I say that a lot. The way we competed tonight is better than it has been in similar situations. A week ago at Baylor was unacceptable. I thought our kids gave themselves a chance, fought hard and we were scrappy tonight. We competed at a high level. We just did not do enough to win. You have to give the No. 2 team in the country a lot of credit. If we could have played like this night-in and night-out we wouldn’t be on the bubble.”

On if they made an argument to make the NCAA tournament:
“I don’t think there is any question we made an argument. Number one: we are in the (Big 12) South. Every game that we have lost in league play, except Nebraska without our quarterback, has been to a ranked team. So each and every night has been like trying to climb up hill in a windstorm. There have been times where we have been able to overachieve, if you don’t have us ranked. We have wins against Texas, Oklahoma State when they were ranked and Texas A&M. We feel like with our strength of schedule at five and our RPI in the 30s (gets us in), as long as we take care of business at home and then go to the conference tournament. That is a brand new season in itself.

On if they need to prove themselves against Missouri:
“It is more about wins right now. I do think that they (the committee) will take into consideration the simple fact of coming into this building and competing at the level we did is nothing to be ashamed about.”

Texas Tech Senior Forward Dominic Seals
On the aggressive play in the post:
“We need to be strong and get to the basket so we can get Keisha (Walker) the ball.

On what they did in the first half to keep the game close:
“Everything got us -- our momentum, our defense. I think we got tired at times, but we did not let that effect us. I think that we hurt ourselves. It wasn’t what Oklahoma did to us.”