Nov. 11, 2012
HEAD COACH Ryun Williams
(On the second half)
(On halftime speech)
(On the end of the game)
(On Taylor Varsho)
(On Montana State)
(On things to work on)
(On maintaining defense)
Martin: Our shots just weren’t falling when we were taking them. Little things just kept happening that would bring us down again. It was hard for us to maintain that lead, but I don’t know if our intensity was affected too much.
Varsho: I think we needed two good halves and that didn’t happen tonight. You’re going to have those nights that shots aren’t falling. We have to find another way to win.
(About going through the eleven and a half minutes scoreless stretch during the first half)
Martin: It was really discouraging because it felt like we weren’t scoring for at least five or six minutes. We weren’t doing what we had to do on defense which made it more difficult since we weren’t getting stops on defense. Plus we weren’t scoring on offense, so it was really discouraging and we just weren’t thinking it over or making good plays. I think that’s what showed.
Varsho: They just out-rebounded us in the first half. That came to haunt us in the end.
(On the feeling of the locker room at half time)
Varsho: I think that Coach (Williams) was very encouraging and he said that we were still in this game; we’re not out of it yet. I think that when we played like that, on a 9-0 run, then we could have come out of this with a win.
Martin: We weren’t playing how we should be, not at all. He came in there and told us that. He came in and was intense and yelled, but then after that he was now like were here and we have to do this. It got us going and it brought us up. I think we then came out and really showed that.
(On what effected the first half plays)
Martin: We don’t want to make excuses, we’ve had a lot of practices underneath us and we know how coach wants us to play. I think that we had spurts and we showed what we’re going to be able to do. Like in the second half, if we could play more halves like that, we’re going to do pretty well. I think we didn’t play up to our capabilities.
(How Varsho contributed)
I just go out there and play. They tell me what my job is, which is to rebound. You can’t worry about how many points you get; it’s about how tough you play out there at all times. You have to have five girls on the floor that want the same thing. If you don’t, then you’re going to come up with a loss. I think we will learn from this and work very hard at practice on Monday. We’ll come back Tuesday and hopefully have more halves like the second half.
(Varsho’s reaction to her first game)
I am very happy, but I wish we would have come out with a win though. That’s the main goal.
(On scoring from behind the 3 point arch)
Martin: Normally that’s one of our strengths and a lot of our plays are runs, so if we can get a play in and if we don’t have that, we go inside. We started playing more inside than out this game. Those shots are normally good for us and I think they weren’t falling tonight. We had to keep taking them.
Varsho: We are a great three-point shooting team. They just weren’t falling and you’re going to have nights like that so we had to take a roundabout and go inside.
(On offensive rebounds)
Varsho: We didn’t box out the first half and that definitely hurt us. We’re not going to win games if they have 21 offensive rebounds. In the second half we came back, we were tougher and stronger in there. We did win the second half, but we didn’t come up with the win.
Martin: It was hard to play defense for 30 seconds and then another 30 seconds and then another. There was a possession where they had six so it takes our defense down. That’s something we have to work on because even in practice and in our exhibition game, offensive rebounds were one of our weaknesses. That’s something we have to get better at and I know we’re going to have to work on that tomorrow at practice. We’ll get better.