Jan. 14, 2006
Head Coach June Daugherty Quotes
"It was a hard fought game and I think that we played a pretty good game defensively. Unfortunately, we didn't hit our free throws down the stretch and I know that we missed four in a row and that is disappointing. We struggled a little bit on the glass as well, but I think that we did some good things out there and it was just a tough loss."
On USC's defense:
"I thought that they did a real nice job of staying out on our shooters. We have to do a little better job of having an inside presence so that we can take a little bit of the pressure off of our outside shooters. We need to get some one-on-ones inside and pass out of the double teams. We started getting better at some of these things towards the end of the game and we were just trying to find some of the soft spots in their defense."
On rebounding and allowing more shots than usual:
"Our game all year has been about great defensive energy and getting on the glass. We were only able to give up 55 shots and that is very unlike us. Give credit to USC for grabbing a lot of offensive boards and second-chance buckets, but we just weren't able to play with a high enough intensity to get the ball off the glass on both ends. It puts you in a position where you are not able to get into your running game."
On poor free-throw shooting:
"It is disappointing to have our opportunities to close the game out and we just couldn't do it. All you can do is keep working on your shot and dealing with pressure situations. I don't think that is something that you will see every time with this team, but I am confident in our players and their ability to shoot the ball. It just wasn't meant to be today."
Guard Kristen O'Neill
On adjustments to USC defense:
"An adjustment that we tried to make that I don't think we did a good enough job of was to get the ball inside more and establish an inside presence. We let them extend their zone out and cover our shooters and we didn't take advantage of the talent that we have inside. I think that was one of the biggest things. More than anything we just need to stay active and keep moving on offense, we allowed them to kind of let us get stagnant and stand around. Obviously we didn't get as many shots up and we weren't going to the boards as hard as we could have either, we were sort of out of position."