Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 01, 2013

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
Opening comment:
“I think you always find out a lot about your team when you play a Jim Flanery coached squad. He just does a really, really good job with his kids and does things that are hard to guard. Playing him is why we love to play them in our pre-conference schedule. They really test you. I think we passed the defensive test today and that was really the objective. Obviously, rebounding was a huge point of emphasis as well. We did some good things and got some people coming back in the groove, maybe, in terms of being on the floor longer and keeping some lineups together for a bit without all the crazy foul stuff called.”

On if she found out a lot about her team coming off a loss to UCLA:
“Yeah, I think as a group we know who we want to be and we know what we can become. There’s a lot of work between where we are now and where that is. You don’t always get the luxury of getting to find out where those missing links are, where those potholes are, and our pre-conference schedule has put us in a situation to be able to receive those clearly. Once you see those you can fill them up.”

Oklahoma Junior Guard Sharane Campbell
On her performance:
“I mean there’s not much to say. I’m just going out and doing what I do best, getting and ones. I missed a couple of free throws that I should have made but I need to do this every game.”

On what she is doing to draw fouls:
“Just attacking. I mean if they don’t foul me, that’s still two points. Just attack. If they foul me, okay, good, if they don’t, it’s still two points.”

Oklahoma Senior Center Nicole Griffin
On what is working for her offensively:
“What I am doing. We have been putting a lot of emphasis on getting the ball to the post and getting the ball into the paint. I’m just looking in man-to-man to get the ball more and being more likely to score and getting good position.”

On what she is doing to establish position:
“It’s just a mindset. I don’t necessarily have to get down there quicker. It’s just me getting down there and demanding the ball, and they’re giving me the ball because they know what I can do with it and they trust me. It’s just a team effort.”

 Creighton Head Coach Jim Flanery
On the game:
“Defensively, we didn’t do what we needed to do to stay in the game. Until we made some shots, we were down 21 instead of being down maybe 12 or 14. All of our posts were in ridiculous foul trouble. They all had three fouls. I was having to play Sarah (Nelson) with three fouls in the first half, so that really handicapped us. Oklahoma is a good team and I thought they played well. (Sharane) Campbell really killed us, her and (Nicole) Griffin. We didn’t do a good job of containing (Morgan) Hook either because she gets in the lane a lot. To me, the things that really killed us was Campbell driving the ball, Hook getting in the lane and offensive rebounds from Griffin and her being able to put the ball in the basket. Congrats to them, but for the experience that we had I was really disappointed with the intelligence in which we played.”

On Sharane Campbell:
“We were going to try to play off her and keep her in front and we didn’t do a good job of that. When we did cut her off she would spin and finish the play. When you let a kid get going they play better and I just feel like our attention to what we needed to be doing in the first eight to 10 minutes wasn’t where it needed to be. Credit to her, but we really didn’t do what we needed to do in terms of blocking her out. Some of the baskets in the second half we gave up because we went small without the post. I felt like the only way we were going to catch up was to make a lot of threes so we went with a three guard lineup and we were cheating in the post. So, some of that was our decision to go small and try to throw up a bunch of threes to catch up. I thought Campbell played with a good attitude, an I-want-to-win attitude. I was afraid that with them coming off a loss to UCLA that might happen. No disrespect to Oklahoma, but I was really hoping we would play more competitively today.”

On outside shooting and his team’s defense:
“We knew we weren’t going to score a lot in the paint, so our philosophy when we play teams that have size like Griffin and (Kaylon) Williams is to get their bigs away from the basket. Marissa (Janning) got hot early, but then she cooled down and nobody else made shots until the last five minutes of the first half, so she was our only offense for the first 17 minutes. I thought we got good shots. I wasn’t disappointed with our offense in the first half. I felt that we had some open threes. We just needed to make them more. Like most teams, when you aren’t scoring, you let down a little defensively. You feel sorry for yourself because the ball isn’t going in the basket so you give an inch or two defensively, and that’s where I was most disappointed.”



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