Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 11, 2014

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
Opening comment:
“All wins are good wins in the Big 12 Conference. You’ve got to take care of your home floor and we did that tonight. Kansas State is young, and they were playing really really hard and scrappy the entire game, and they are only going to get better. I’m just glad to get away with a win.”

On the Sooners’ offense:
“Obviously I didn’t think it was very good. We didn’t score very many points. We had good looks. We had really good looks. I didn’t think we fed the post as much as we had talked about trying to feed the post during the game. We passed up many opportunities to get Nicole Griffin the ball. We were antsy on the perimeter trying not to make a turnover and trying to get rid of it instead of being confident and convicted about every pass that we make and every drive that we make and every shot that we take. Early we had some really nice penetration and pitch to the week side. We just had really good ball movement and our shots didn’t go in. When you’re not getting very many offensive rebounds that can really zap your energy real quickly. You’ve got to make shots to win games.”

On how relieving this win was:
“You’ve got to have this one. You’ve got have them at home. It was nice not coming down to the final possession. It gave everybody a chance to breathe a little bit. I feel like they’ve been a little strangled over the past week and gave us a chance to breathe. That’s important when you have a whole week ahead of you and then you have to play two really tough road games.”

On Morgan Hook:
“For most teams a point guard scoring is not that significant. For us it’s extremely significant. Morgan (Hook) is our second best free throw shooter and really does great things putting the ball on the floor and getting to the rim. I just thought she was out of sync all night. She had three uncharacteristic turnovers where the ball just got away from her when she was dribbling. I just think that comes with being a senior and a leader. She’s spending so much energy trying to get her team moving in the right direction, and sometimes the cost of that is that it leaves her frazzled. Whitney (Hand) sometimes felt that way. It’s a load to bear. Everybody can help her by not needing so much from her so that we can get that production that we’re accustomed to on the floor.”

On Sharane Campbell:
“I think Sharane (Campbell) is our X-factor. I don’t know a game that she’s played really really well that we’ve lost. Whether it’s pressure or not it’s the truth. I tell her that and me telling you that is not anything she hasn’t heard before. She’s an effort package. Some kids are skill packages and some are effort packages. What you saw from her from the 12 minute and change on the clock tonight, the game turned during that spell. That’s when Sharane decided to present her package on the floor. She was passion, energy, activity and aggression, and it was really at that spread that we took the game away, thank goodness, out of reach, because Kansas State did not stop playing. That’s the kind of 40 minutes we need from her all the time if we’re going to be successful in this league.”

On Gioya Carter:
“She’s just a freshman and she’s gotten in her own way. She is having a really hard time of finding the balance of risk and reward. People have not guarded her, and if people hadn’t guarded her at Carl Albert high school she’d have had 40 points. Yet, it’s so new and so different. She can’t decide what to do about it. When she drives she over passes. When she’s open to shoot she passes. When she’s not open to shoot and the passing lane is open she takes a contested shot. It’s just that decision making where she’s planning it out ahead of time. You can’t play this game that way. You have to let your instinct take over. She will be good. She’s full of potential. She has a nice skill set, and she’s just got to figure out how to use it.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Aaryn Ellenberg
On winning after two loses:
“It’s a good thing for sure, especially in this conference. We want to take care of business at home. I think we needed that one, especially coming off two loses. After playing two overtime games and losing, we really needed to make a statement.”

On offensive flow:
“I don’t know if it’s frustrating, it’s just trying to be patient and trying to get everybody patient and get everybody on the same page. It looks like everybody is trying to do it by themselves a lot and it gets to that point. It’s really just everybody being on the same page.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Sharane Campbell
On the second half:
“It’s just bringing more energy and playing with passion, just playing hard, spreading it throughout the whole team. Once I got that charge, it just went up from there. We were just having fun, playing with each other.”

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson
On the game:
“I felt as though our team competed extremely hard tonight. It was a great sign for us, in the first half, that the game was tight and it was low scoring. I thought we defended really well in that first 20 minutes. We just continued to struggle from the floor with open looks in that first half, in particular. Our 3-point shots are, right now, sort of elusive. But all in all, I thought we fought hard. We lost the war on the boards tonight, but I thought a lot of those were long rebounds. In the second half, defensively, we probably had more one-on-one breakdowns, more individual breakdowns defensively in those last five minutes of play than, probably, that previous 30 minutes of the game. We’re getting better. We certainly played extremely hard tonight and at this point, that’s something I’m very proud of, even though it’s tough to walk off the floor with a loss.”

On the frustration of missing open shots:
“You know, that’s the key. I know everyone is looking at our percentages and I guess we’re a little bit like Iowa State; we’re going to take the open shots that we get and we just depend on making those shots. We tend to hold the ball too long; it leads to trouble on a lot of our possessions. It’s frustrating to see them not go down, but that’s part of where we need to grow and improve. Hopefully, as we continue to work hard and get in the gym individually and gain confidence, at some point those shots will begin to drop. You feel like, one of these days, those shots have to fall, but it’s been a drought.”




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