March 21, 2010
Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
On the last time they played Gonzaga
"We got after them early. I don't think they were expecting that type of pressure really to start the game. And we sort of got them on their heels and then when they made their comeback, Bowen got into foul trouble in the first half and that limited her. And so, that put a lot of pressure on Frieson and Vandersloot. And we played a solid ballgame but when they made their run, we were 18 points up with 11 to go. They play with no fear, they have complete confidence in themselves. Gonzaga would finish in the top four in any BCS conference in the country. That's how good they are and how much respect I have for their personnel and their coach. We played a little bit of matchup because we had to play three games in three days in the Big 12 tournament. That had a little bit to do with it."
On if Gonzaga has changed
"Completely different, so much confidence. That's one of the best college basketball games I've seen this year-the North Carolina-Gonzaga game. Both teams played well, both had outstanding point guard play, and that's what makes the game fun because of the assists and not many turnovers, and the point guards on both teams were painting a mural out there, penetrate kick, draw the defense to them, set up the mid-range shooters, and they were doing a very good job. Gonzaga plays their zone wider than anyone we've faced, and it's a wide 3-2 and I'm sure [Coach Kelly Graves] is going to tweak it some depending on what sets we run. I really like their team. When you look at [Katelan Redman], she's one of the best athletes, and she just flies down the wing, and all of sudden you're thinking about those other kids, and here comes [Tiffanie Shives] bombing a three out there, shooting it well with no fear at all. [Heather Bowman] comes in and does an excellent job. They've got an eight-player rotation that's very good. So you can't go into trying to stop three players, you have to stop their whole team."
F/C Danielle Adams, Jr.
On the matchup's against Gonzaga
"I know that they are very good in transition and we've kind of had problems with that and we just have to adjust to it."
On what senior guard Tanisha Smith brings to their team
"She brings us energy every night. She is a player that never gives up, she works hard every day in practice and when game time comes you can expect anything out of her. If she's not scoring, she is doing something else. She is an amazing player."
F Damitria Buchanan, Sr.
On how they are as a team compared to their December game versus Gonzaga
"We understand the term of hard work better. We know that nothing is going to come to us because we are talented. We have to guard them and earn it. Since we played them in December we have grown as a team and developed into a hard-working, hard-nosed team where we go out and try to be the more aggressive team and get things done."
On the amount of fans that will be here for Gonzaga
"I expect it to be more like a road game. We are a tough team and I think that it doesn't matter who is in the stands, we play for each other. They can have a million fans and we're still going to go out there and execute a game and play as hard as we can to get the win. We did it at Nebraska where they have 11,000 fans and we came back after a deficit so we don't worry about who is in the stands."
F Adaora Elonu, So.
On how she feels her role has changed this time around against Gonzaga
"We're playing harder, so this team is a lot different than when we played them the first time. My role is different. I have to be more aggressive. I think that this game will be different as far as us guarding them and them guarding us. Especially with Danielle coming off the bench as an offensive spark."
On the difference in how Gonzaga will come out at the start
"They push the ball really well so we have to get back and match up with them defensively, but I think we'll do a good job as long as we play as hard as we did in the second half versus Portland State. I think we will be able to keep up with them and execute and just play our game."
G/F Tanisha Smith, Sr.
On last night's game against Portland State
"First half I feel like we came out a little sluggish, but in the second half we picked it up with the defensive pressure and scoring easy buckets. Me personally I have to give credit to my teammates for giving me the shots and I was just going to rebound and looking for my teammates because I know they can score too."
On what they need to improve on
"We cannot come out sluggish in the beginning of the game; any good team can take over with the way we came out against Portland State. So we need to pick it up at the beginning of the game. We need to be doing what we have all year and come out with defensive pressure and running in transition. "
On Gonzaga after watching them play against North Carolina
"They have improved but we are still going to come out and play them the way we played them the first time, but even better because both teams have had 15 to 18 games since that game. We are going to play with intensity and that will be key for us."
On the Gonzaga-heavy crowd
"We cannot let them get involved. We've got to take away their three pointers and the hustle plays that gets their crowd going. Us just doing the little things is what will keep us in the game. It should help us out in the whole game and keeping the crowd out of it."