Nov. 21, 2008

 

Recap |  Box Score |  Notes

 

 

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
• Opening statement:
“Well it wasn’t the prettiest basketball game I’ve ever been a part of, but it was a win against a very talented team.  Here we are 3-0, and we’ve won in three completely different ways.  So I think that bodes well for our future for our versatility, and I’m proud of how our kids competed.”

• On the quality of tonight’s game against Arizona State:
“We did some good things; we did some not-so-good things.  I don’t know that it falls into a nice/neat category.  We turned it over way too much; that begins with D-Rob [Danielle Robinson].  It just was an uncharacteristic night with the basketball.  Once again we didn’t shoot it really well.  I thought we had some good looks.  But we were, on the flip side of that, intelligent enough to figure out that they couldn’t stop us inside.  So we began throwing it inside and the big girls did a great job attacking around the rim and rebounding at second chance points.  That’s one of the great things about having a lot of great weapons; if something’s not working, you can try something else.”

• On Phylesha Whaley being the foundation of the program:
“Phylesha was special.  She was just an extraordinary kid.  She was 5-(foot)-11 on a good day; a post player who did everything we asked her to do.  Everybody in the gym knew who was going to take the shot all the time. Not like at the end of the game, but all the time, the whole game.  And she still would score 30 and a couple of times 40.  As I told (OU radio commentator) Brian (Brinkley) after the game, she is the foundation of this program.  Everything that we have done since she came here and everything that we will continue to do in the future is built upon her shoulders.  Her spirit, her work ethic, everything that she had embodied, that’s what’s good about college athletics.  So we were very fortunate to have her.  For Courtney (Paris) to surpass her with this much time left in her senior season is amazing.”

• On tonight’s Sooner defense:
“We did a pretty good job away from the ball in terms of being in help and not getting hit by screens.  The few times we did get hit by screens, they made us pay.  But for the most part we were disruptive.  A lot of Courtney’s blocks came from her help, and just our rotation was solid.”
 
Oklahoma Senior Center Courtney Paris
• On becoming OU’s career scoring leader:
“It is a great honor and like you said there have been a lot of great players. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates  getting me the ball and also myself for missing so many shots and getting the rebound and putting it back in.

“I have never talked to (Phlyesha Whaley) about it, but just hearing her stories and what she did when she came here when the program wasn’t what it is today and to help it get to this national level. I can appreciate that and that is what makes it sweeter knowing that I am following in her footsteps.”

• On OU’s depth:
“I think that is the difference in our team this year.  Other players are stepping up and we have a lot of depth. When someone is struggling we can have someone step up like what Carlee (Rothlisberger) did tonight. It definitely wasn’t the game we wanted to play. We wanted to play a lot cleaner.”

Oklahoma Sophomore Forward Carlee Rothlisberger
• On her game:
“I like to be able to come in and help when they come a double down on Courtney (Paris) and if I hit shots maybe it will draw players to me. It  just helps when people can come in and cover and its gives me the opportunity to come in and show what I have been working on in practice to help those guys out.”

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Oklahoma Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne
• On the game:
“First of all, Oklahoma is a tremendous basketball team. We knew that going in and this could definitely be a tremendous year for them. I think they can offensively score at every position. We played them last year and they have really improved.  Again, we are not at full strength because we are missing two players right now. Our hats are off to them.”

• On her team’s play:
“I’m disappointed in our team. We were extremely undisciplined and that is not representative of Sun Devil basketball. We really don’t practice those shots. It was a big gauge for us really and I knew we weren’t quite where we needed to be rebounding-wise. I’m just disappointed in our consistency.”

• On the defensive performance:
“For us we just need to keep pressure on the ball.  We didn’t do that and we let them move the ball. Those are two things we don’t want to do. (Courtney Paris) got some easy looks and putbacks and we missed some blockouts. We just need to be more consistent with our rebounding effort.”

• On holding Courtney Paris to three field goal attempts in the first half:
“I thought we did a good job guarding their three, four and five in the first half. We had just silly breakdowns in terms of the 3s they did get. Really a lot of that was in transition off of our turnovers.”

• On boxing out Courtney Paris:
“(Joseph) Anders, our big 6-5 defensive coach was trying to simulate Courtney the other day in practice and we couldn’t box him out either. I guess you don’t (box out Paris). She sits down there pretty good and gets position.”

• On what there is to say about Courtney Paris that hasn’t already been said:
“She is a really nice young lady. She is a brute on the court, but she is a really special person. I think that the greatest asset of Courtney Paris is her toughness. I think it probably gets underestimated. I don’t know maybe it doesn’t, she is obviously an incredible player. In coaching her, in the little opportunity I had, that really separated her. When you really needed something she would find a way to get it done. I think it has probably all been said.”