Postgame Quotes

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
FEBRUARY 22, 2014

Oklahoma Head Coach Sherri Coale
On the game:
“I thought Kansas played really well. We just played gritty. I don’t know how well we played, but we played tough, with great intestinal fortitude, and great purpose. We just weren’t going to be denied. Anytime you shoot as poorly as we did and win a game that means you are doing a lot of the little things right. It’s running down loose balls, rebounds and setting good screens. Obviously, the difference in the game was rebounding. We get 24 offensive boards and then hold them to four. That’s a tremendous stat. Especially for our basketball team. You guys have been covering us so you understand what an impressive stat that is for us. In addition to these two who are beside me [Sharane Campbell and Morgan Hook], I thought Nicole Griffin was fantastic in the second half. Just around the rim, going after the ball, second and third efforts on offense and defense. Morgan (Hook) made a huge shot down the stretch. We guarded pretty well in the last minute or two minutes as well.

On the resiliency of this team:
“That’s what you have to do when you’re shooting poorly. Ironically, we finally won two in a row and we have done it with our leading scorer in street clothes on the sideline. I think the guys who were left to compete in this tough situation in Vegas’ [Aaryn Ellenberg] absence have grown exponentially. You can’t help but grow. There’s no way to go through what they have gone through the last two games and not grow. Just because the nature of the opponent, the nature of the situation, we might be pretty good and get it all put back together.

On what adjustments led to the run to start the second half:
“We were much better at our rotation and guarding penetration. That was a big problem in the first half. We come over with our big and they come down on the weak side and they got three or four uncontested layups that way. Our hoop as late, our cover down was late, so we corrected that. We talked about that at halftime and just very simply went our and corrected that in the second half and that gave us the opportunity to get a couple of stops and then have some success.”

On outscoring Kansas in second chance points 23-0:
“It’s the only way you can survive zero percent from three and 34 percent from the field. That’s the only way you survive and those were really just seriously gutsy, effort rebounds. None of them came right to us. Sometimes rebounds are happen stance, you’re in the right place at the right time. No, these were rebounds are what we refer to as Courtney Paris rebounds where you get your own miss. We had several of those. Nothing wrong with that. Who cares how many times it takes as long as you get the ball in the basket?

Oklahoma Senior Guard Morgan Hook
On her game-winning shot:
“I was just trying to get to the rim again and she cut me off. I knew we needed one more basket to kind of seal the deal there. So, I just stuck my feet and focused, I guess, I don’t really think I was thinking anything else besides making the shot.”

On the team not making a three tonight:
“I knew it and I think we tried to maybe get to the rim and get fouled and tried to get our shots falling that way. We kept shooting them and we took open shots, it just didn’t fall tonight.”

On two consecutive wins:
“I think we figured out that we know how to play together and we know how to play hard together. Different people stepped up at different times and I think if Aaryn (Ellenberg) was in the game they might not have. Everyone is seeing what they can do and have developed a confident mojo about themselves.”

Oklahoma Junior Guard Sharane Campbell
On scoring 1,000 career points:
“Nothing, really. I didn’t really know I was so close until last week because my mom told me. But, I feel like I am more focused on my free throws. I want to break a record with my free throws. That has been my goal since my freshman year, so I kind of have been just working on that.”

On two consecutive wins:
“I feel like we envision ourselves winning. When we envision it we actually believe it. If you believe it, you will end up doing it. So, I think we are just figuring that out together and I think all of our visions are the same as far as win, so, just the togetherness we have is what is pushing us through even though the stats may not be perfect. How hard we play together is what we have figured out and we have to carry that on.”

Kansas Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
On the game:
“The nauseating part was the 24 offensive rebounds and it was still a one possession game with 30 something seconds left. Our first-shot defense was pretty good and the frustrating part was not allowing those rotational rebounds and there were a couple. The jump shot rebounds were either ball watching or boxed out. We never gave them a challenge. I’ll give our kids credit, we got back in it and we were down 9. If you’re going to try to cut into the lead you’ve got to score quick in transition and get to the free throw line. We did that. (Morgan) Hook’s big shot at the end, going up and goes to the left. We’ve got a chance to tie it if that doesn’t go.”

On Oklahoma’s second half start:
“We came out of the locker room terrible. We were terrible and they got up 3 right away, and that’s been our M.O. here lately. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do about that. We didn’t come out of the locker room. We always try to win the first four minutes and we didn’t do that. We always do the first four and last four and we didn’t do that. They got into us and got to the free throw line and got inside to (Nicole) Griffin. They did a nice job on Chelsea (Gardner) in the back side. Griffin’s got length on top of her and (Sharane) Campbell covers a lot of ground. We tried to put the shooter behind her and try to skip it over but she covered a lot of ground from help on bottom with Chelsea to get back out to shooter on the back side. In this league, 3 points isn’t enough. I don’t think there’s a lead big enough to have anybody until the horn sounds.”




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