March 9, 2000
Washington Coach June Daugherty: The rebounding absolutely destroyed us. Give USC credit they woke up at half-time and they came out and got all over the glass. They got back in the game with their offensive rebounding. Thats an area that is not acceptable. Weve got to get better at that and get tougher. The whole game turned around on the glass with USCs effort.
In the first half the defense was good and we were in our running game. When we lost the lead I thought we got real tentative and stopped moving the ball.
It's the first time weve played in overtime and we didnt respond well but we will learn from it.
Washington guard Loree Payne: USC came out in the second half strong and we stayed the same. We knew they were going to step it up a notch and we didnt respond. Its disappointing but were shifting our focus to UCLA.
USC Coach Chris Gobrecht: We've done a lot of special things this year, but this was right up at the top. After a bad first half, they turned it around in the second. They collected themselves and gave a testimony to the end of the year. In the second half, they figured it out, they deserve the credit. I didn't give them a halftime talk.
After the half, we wanted to push the ball, keep the pace up and wear them down. The Huskies played excellent defense and that can take its toll. (Loree) Payne played great, (Megan) Franza stepped it up after struggling all night.
This year we have more depth. Last year was a been there, done that team. This year we have more players and a lot of good players, no starters, but good players.
We were huge on offensive boards and our transition game tonight. We had to force turnovers.