Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
JANUARY 25, 2014

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
Opening comment:
“Well, I was really proud of our team’s performance. I thought we played with great energy again. We got the shots we wanted on offense. We had a little bit of a turnover fiasco in the first half when Morgan (Hook) came out. But to survive that and take a nine point lead into halftime with Morgan only playing seven minutes in the first half, I thought that was really big. Vegas did a tremendous job on Medley and then taking advantage of opportunities to score in the second half particularly. I just thought we survived a really physical game, especially when the ball came off the glass, so I thought we held our own and survived it.”

On how they did defensively against their shooters:
“Again, I credit Aaryn (Ellenberg). She just had that look in her eye from the get go. She limited her touches, which I think frustrated them offensively and they got really deep into the shot clock several times and forced some things. I just thought our attention to detail in knowing who their scorers were and who they needed and where they needed to get shots from, I thought that was really significant.”

On if she switched defenses a lot:
“We played some zone. I thought it gave them some trouble and they did hit some late. I think they would have taken and maybe made the same shots against a man. It was just that they kind of had to take those shots and they got going a little bit. I thought our zone was pretty good. We were pretty aware of where they were and forced them into taking contested shots. We could have contested a little bit better. Two or three of them, in my mind, we ran at them and didn’t throw our hands up or didn’t do much to take concentration away. But for the most part, I thought our energy defensively never waned and that’s sometimes tough when you go on scoring droughts.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Morgan Hook
On limiting the turnovers in the second half:
“I think we just controlled the game better. We pushed it when we needed to push it and then we took our time when we needed to. I didn’t feel like anything was forced or out of our control.”

On the team’s momentum following the win at Iowa State:
“It is great. But we can’t just take these two games and not be consistent. It is every single day and it is practice. Our practices have been great. It all stems from practice and just being focused on energy and it coming from within and not having people drag it out of us.

“Just leading up to the Iowa State game, knowing what was at stake, we couldn’t afford to lose there. We haven’t won there. It’s a hard place to win. Everyone was just so focused in on that game, every single possession. I think it did come from the Iowa State game and the practices leading up to it.”

Oklahoma Senior Guard Aaryn Ellenberg
On getting better looks offensively in the second half:
“I think it was just slowing down, but also being aggressive at the same time. We weren’t second guessing anything and we were pass faking and pump faking and that helped us score baskets.”

On the team’s momentum following the win at Iowa State:
“Now it is important for us to just keep a consistent energy level. Because I think that is what really drives us. If the energy is there, then everything else will settle itself.”

On responding to defensive challenges as an upperclassman:
“I really don’t know exactly what to say to that. It has come with experience, I guess. When I was young I had a lot of things to focus on, predominately it was scoring. I don’t know, really I knew I could do it all the time, it was more really just focusing on it.”

TCU Head Coach Jeff Mittie
On the game:
“I think their defense is pretty good. I thought what they were really good at knowing where our shooters were at on the floor. I thought they did a great job of rushing (Zahna) Medley. I felt like we had some opportunities though. I felt like we had some layup opportunities that we didn’t convert. I felt like there were plays to be made out there. I thought they did an excellent job on Medley and for us, it starts with her in a lot of games and they took our leading scorer out of the game and she really felt crowded when we felt like we were getting the basketball to her. They had a good awareness.”

On junior forward Natalie Ventress:
“She was our leading scorer as a freshman. I thought she did some good things tonight and had a good look to her. I think late in the game she had some three that kind of kept us hanging around. They were not easy threes. OU was very aware of where Ventress was and where Medley was the whole night.”

On OU’s energy:
“I’ve always thought that Sherri’s teams play with great enthusiasm and great energy. I watched the Iowa State game and that was a really impressive game for them from the start all the way to the end. I thought they played with great energy tonight. I thought our group played with energy though. I thought the key to the game was the second half. They didn’t turn it over to us as much. If we could have gotten them to turn it over like we did in the first half, we may have been able to get this thing down to a number to make some plays.”




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