Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 20, 2013

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
Opening comment:
“I think you find out a lot about your team during the 40 minutes that follow a loss. I think we found out that our team is pretty tough and pretty mature and their approach to things is pretty much on track. I was pleased with how we came out. I was pleased with how we continued to attack in the second half. We got a lot of people a lot of minutes which is important at this time of year and got some rest for guys that played crazy minutes on Sunday. It was a good night all the way around.”

On Derica Wyatt:
“Derica can shoot it, there is no doubt about it. She can shoot it. She was at one point five of five from three and she passed up a couple and I’m thinking ‘what in the world’ because if someone had thrown it to me and I was five for five I could have been triple teamed and I would have shot it, When that’s flowing, sister, keep firing. She did really good things and what Derica just has to learn is defensive transition, defending screens, and all of those things that all freshmen have to learn and she got an opportunity to do all of that tonight too. You guys were all going ‘wow’ about her making threes but she was jumping to the ball, she was on the back line, and doing things that we need her to be able to do so she gets more minutes. It was a really good night for her in ways beyond making seven 3s.”

On if she sees Derica Wyatt playing a role in bigger games later in the year:
“I don’t think there is any doubt that she can be an impact player for us this year. I don’t know how many minutes that means on a nightly basis but there is certainly something to be said for somebody who can come in the game and make a basket. She’s the kind of shooter that when she shoots it, I turn and look the other way because I’m just pretty sure it’s going in.”

On going on the road for the first time Saturday against UCLA:
“Well, I’m thinking we will shoot really well in somebody else’s gym. I’m pretty excited about that. I really feel like they will have a business like approach to the trip and to the game because we have four seniors, a lot of senior leadership on this team and they have showed mature leadership in everything we have done thus far. I don’t see that this will be any different. It will be fun for the team to get out and travel together. It’s kind of crazy that we have played five games and we haven’t left here yet. That’s odd for us. I think everybody is a little bit excited about that but we also know that we have an incredibly talented opponent and a team whose season we ended last year. I’m sure they have not forgotten that. We have our hands full and we have to be good and we have to be ready.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Aaryn Ellenberg
On the team’s focus:
“We were definitely disappointed after Sunday’s game and you knew tonight wasn’t going to be about that or about the other team. It was going to be about us, and how we responded to that. We’ve definitely been in that position before, so we know that it’s imperative to have that focus the next time.”

Oklahoma Freshman Guard Derica Wyatt
On 3-point shooting:
“After the first one I took a sigh of relief. It felt good. Yesterday, Coach Coale made a comment and said that I need to go out there and play basketball and not think about our 3s and that’s what I did. So, yeah, I wasn’t really thinking about it.”

On room for improvement:
“Defense for sure. Transition defense like she (Coale) said. I need to talk more. She told me before I even got here that talking’s going to be my problem.”

UT Arlington Head Coach Krista Gerlich
On the game:
“We came into this game thinking we have to work on our post up. We have to work on what we’re going to do and do it as well as we can and see if we could maybe take one or two things away from OU. They are a top-10 team for a reason. They are a great team and it was hard to decide what to guard and we didn’t go to zone until very very late because they were shooting the 3-point so well against our man. What are we going to let them do, shoot in a zone? It’s one of those things where you pick your poison and they shot the ball really well and there is a reason they are in the top 10.”

On playing Oklahoma and Oklahoma State so early in the season:
“It’s unbelievably hard. It’s one of those things were you are fighting some battles and you are trying to get them some positive encouragement and some confidence. In their second game of the year we played Oklahoma State and in our fourth or fifth game we play OU. So, that is pretty tough to take but at the same time we told our girls this is an opportunity to play a top-10 team in a great environment. This is where we would love to be one day so that’s what we had to go with, but it’s pretty tough.”

On moving past this tough stretch in the schedule:
“We’ve only played one home game so far. Our next three games are going to be at home and maybe we can start getting some confidence and momentum and I did think we finished the game, clearly, better than we started it. So maybe that will give our girls some confidence.”



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