Feb. 14, 2010
Washington Coach Tia Jackson
"I think for the most part we competed. Man, it was a fun game. It's just unfortunate that we had to go out on the sour note, but we did a good job battling back on the boards because they were coming at us pretty strong, to battled back and outrebound the second best rebounding team in the conference. But when you're playing an all-American like Alexis [Gray-Lawson] she can at any moment take control of the game and make contested 25-footers. I would love to say that they were wide open, but honey they were not. It's a hard way to go down."
On if this is the toughest loss of the year to date
"All the ones where we were within this range. This was one we felt got away from us, it was a 17-point spread at their place but this was one that got away from us there, so we wanted to prove that we were not that team. I think for the most part we did that. We wanted to pay them back a little bit, I think we handled their pressure a little bit, we had a couple hiccups there, but I think we handled there pressure a lot better. I don't think we had 30 turnovers, and they did the exact same thing they did [in the last game]. So much improved there, much improved on the rebounding end, and we just needed this game, we needed this game bad, and I think we deserved it."
On her reaction on Sami Whitcomb's shot at the end of regulation
"I think I broke a heel, actually. It was exciting. I know on any given day she can make that happen anytime, she's proven it more than once."
On what went wrong in OT
"I don't know what went wrong. An all-American went to war, that's what happened. I think we were all there, right? This kid was unreal. She was shooting on double teams, she was shooting against a 6'4" [defender], it was ridiculous. So, I mean, it's tough to stop."
Washington Player Quotes
Senior Sami Whitcomb
On Regulation-Ending Play:
"We dribbled it up and we were trying to run a different play but at that point there wasn't enough time. When I saw Kristi [Kingma] get it over there and everyone left, there was no one guarding me, I ran over into the corner and was hoping she'd see me. She did and it just kind of worked out."
Sophomore Regina Rogers
On Defending Alexis Gray-Lawson:
"She's a great player. She's an All-American, she's used to that. I had my hand in her face but she was in the zone, just like Sami [Whitcomb] could be in the zone, anything could happen."