Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
DECEMBER 15, 2013

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
Opening comment:
“I liked our energy. I liked how well we played together and shared the basketball. I thought we got important minutes for a lot of guys. We’re developing our depth and trying different combinations and I think it’s a game that we used to get better. Every game we play, we want to get better. I thought our approach in the second half, even though we let them score a little bit more than I would have liked, I thought our approach to the things we have been working on was pretty good.”

On how it feels as a coach when everyone plays and contributes:
“You’re proud. Nobody wants these guys to be successful more than our coaching staff does so when they get to do what they do and they get to perform like we know they can it’s really fun. I think it’s contagious. The bench did a great job. The guys who started the game didn’t play very many minutes and came out and did a great job of keeping everyone involved. It’s easy to get involved and have enthusiasm when guys are making plays like Nicole (Kornet) did today. A lot of good things transpired.”

On the team's reaction to Felisha Gibbs' scoring:
“I think it shows how much respect they have for one another and how much they love each other really. We don’t talk about that a lot in athletics for whatever reason but that really is what makes the engine go. Felisha is a terrific athlete and very talented. What you saw her do in those five minutes that she was in were those things that she can do. She jumped up and got rebounds and finished around the rim. She has an uncanny knack for finishing around the basket. She really does. All the pressure situations we put our kids in at practice, the kid doesn’t miss layups. She just doesn’t miss layups around the rim and that’s a concentration thing. I was pleased for her to have a little success whenever the lights were on and everyone was looking.”

On Kaylon Williams being able to stay out of foul trouble:
“Yeah, much better. I think there is a fine line, not only with individual players, but teams. It’s one of the reasons you see so many points being scored on the men’s side and the women’s side. Sometimes the way to stay out of foul trouble is to move out of the way and not guard. You have to find that balance and I think it does take a little bit of time. I thought hers was better. I don’t know if we’re there yet, and I don’t know if we will for a while. Tonight, I thought she did a good job of keeping herself in the game and being aggressive.”

Oklahoma Sophomore Guard Nicole Kornet
On scoring a career-high 26 points:
“It felt good, that’s for sure. Lately I’ve been struggling around the 3-point line and just shooting, in general. I think tonight I just drove it and I was aggressive and that was what sparked my shooting.”

On working on new offensive moves over the offseason:
“I really liked the floaters and the baseline floater. It is one of my favorite shots, actually. I haven’t done it recently but tonight it helped.”

On the upcoming road trip:
“On the road is always harder and we have struggled with in the past, so right now I think it is going to be big games for us. Like (Kaylon Williams) said, this game was a mini-block, so these next few ones will be good for our foundation.

“I think it terms of confidence this definitely helps. Our motto this the year has been: pounding the rock. I think that every day of the year I have come in, and we all have, going after it every day and then finally we just break from that wall. It’s a new day, it’s a new game and New York will be the perfect set up, so, I’m excited and I’m ready.”

Oklahoma Redshirt Sophomore Forward Kaylon Williams
On playing more minutes and avoiding foul trouble:
“It feels great to be out there a lot longer than when I fouled out earlier in the season. I know that was a big factor that a lot of the coaches and myself took into account. That is staying on the floor and playing smart and having self-discipline on when to go for fouls and when to keep my hands off, which is most of the time to keep my hands off. I thought it was pretty good tonight because I was patient in knowing when, I mean there were a lot of guards coming at me, and I like to tell myself to swing but I didn’t, so that was a good factor for me to work on. And on offense I have kind of had a struggle with finishing layups the last couple of games, but this game I tried to just focus in on taking my time and letting the game come to me.”

On the team building on this game:
“This is probably one of our mini-blocks of our foundation of what we want to keep building on. You have to have a starting place and we work really hard in practice with working on us and we are going to continue to work on us, but we’re just going to build on what we have done today.”



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