Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 05, 2014

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On defending Iowa State:
“I don’t know if you could ever know all of the stuff they do offensively. There are so many sets, there’s no way of knowing everything that’s coming. I think you know how they’re going to play. That’s obvious. Stopping it is easier said than done. Jadda Buckley was fantastic as a true freshman in only her second Big 12 game. It was just a really gutty, competitive performance and I think she was terrific. Of course Hallie (Christofferson) is their heartbeat, there’s no doubt about that. I just thought their players were making plays. We knew what they were going to do and we didn’t respond to it very well.”

On Oklahoma’s offense:
“I just thought we second guessed ourselves a lot and we have to do a better job of helping them be sure about what we do.

“(Aaryn Ellenberg) was out for a big chunk. Her eye was still swollen up when she went back in. I don’t know if that affected her shooting or her movement without the ball. I have no idea. But I just didn’t think we played together really well offensively, and I don’t mean that anybody was selfish at all. We’re in a high quality of trust with every pass, every swing, and every drive. Sometimes to guard is not to guard and that has been his recipe for years. He uses it brilliantly against people. A players has got to do that and it can sometimes get in your head and make you second guess yourself. I really think it has affected Gioya’s (Carter) decision making. Newsflash: it’s going to happen again, so we have to figure out how to handle it.”

On if there is any way you can prepare in practice for moments that are gamebreakers:
“I don’t know that we can create that. We had a creative force in that Louisville game and that’s why you play teams like that so you are in positions that like that so you don’t have to deal with it. We have had that experience and we didn’t learn from it very well. The play at the end of the first half was vintage what happened in the Louisville game and in overtime it was the same exact thing so you have to learn from that. At the end, we got them to miss twice and we didn’t grab the rebound. Players have got to make plays at that point. It shouldn’t ever come to that point though.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Morgan Hook
On where the game started to get away from the Sooners:
“I think it was just when we needed a stop or something that we gave them a layup or we gave them the lane to the rim, and they would dish it out for a three and they knocked down their threes. Just like (Coach Coale) said, their freshman knocked down big shots when they needed it.”

On the shot selection in the first half:
“I think we just second guessed ourselves. We were more open than we thought we would be, they kind of sagged off. So, it was just second guessing and hesitating.”

On the upcoming conference game against Texas:
“Just like every conference game. Every conference game is huge.”

On Gioya Carter’s role to make plays in the half-court offense:
“I think, just like (Coach Coale) said, they were kind of sagging off of her. She is learning as she goes that she needs to penetrate and kick, or penetrate and go to the rim. It is just her decision making when they are not guarding her on the perimeter.”

Oklahoma Junior Guard Sharane Campbell
On moving on from the loss and preparing for the next game:
“After you come off a loss of course you want to go the next game and beat them, and take out what we did wrong off on them. We just want to win basically.

“We have just got to play hard and be hungry. There is nothing really to say. We just have to play hard from the get-go and we did not do that today. We were playing easy. We just have to be ready.”


Iowa State Head Coach Bill Fennelly
On the game:
“Anytime you play Oklahoma and you have any level of success, you feel good about your kids because that’s a very good team. They’re very well coached. They play the game the right way. But offensively, we were a little bit better, turned the ball over too many times, missed a few free throws we normally don’t. We have enough kids that can score the ball, so I think we’re harder to guard. Jadda (Buckley) , we’ve been on her for not shooting enough. She was really good, Hallie (Christofferson) was really good. We made some big plays. Defensively, we have to pick and choose with our lack of size. Our decision was to not let Aaryn (Ellenberg) get crazy because I’ve seen her do that for four years now. We didn’t do a very good job on Morgan (Hook). I thought she was tremendous. She might’ve been, if not the best player in the game, one of them. We tried to hang around the basket, make them shoot over the top of us. They took us out of it a little bit. For the most part, I thought we did what we needed to do defensively to have a shot.”

On Aaryn Ellenberg fouling out:
“I felt pretty good because we got to overtime. We weren’t very good down the stretch. We didn’t execute very well and they made some big plays. (Sharane) Campbell makes a great steal; they kept grinding it out. We had a chance to go up ten, missed two free throws, turn the ball over twice and now it’s a game. You’re on the road, they sense it, they know what they’re doing. When we got to overtime, we were more relieved that they probably got lucky. We had the game won, gave it away. When we got into overtime, we were off to a pretty good start. I thought, in overtime, offensively our flow was a little bit better. When you take (Aaryn) Ellenberg off the court, that’s a big loss for them. They were a little more searching for offense and that was the biggest difference.”

On getting the win at Oklahoma:
“I told the kids before the game, ‘We’ve done a lot of good things.’ We’ve won all the game we’ve played, we’ve won our state championship, we’ve won at TCU. This was a measuring stick. When you come here and win, you’re doing something right. That was our message all along. These are games we take great pride in. I have the utmost respect for everything that’s done here and how they do it. I don’t like playing Oklahoma. Coach Coale’s one of my best friends. Those are hard. You know it’s going to be done the right way.”

Iowa State Senior Center Hallie Christofferson
On defensive scheme:
“We were just trying to pack it in and keep (Aaryn) Ellenberg from getting hot. (Morgan) Hook, we know that she can definitely score the ball, too. We just try to pack it in and go from there.”

Iowa State Freshman Guard Jadda Buckley
On offensive precision in second half:
“We just run through our sets through really well. We know where everyone is going to be off the screen that we set for one another. You just look for what’s open then you go from there.”




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