Dec. 20, 2012
HEAD COACH Ryun Williams
You know 54 shots at the basket, 11 turnovers; we had more assists than them tonight and a lot of good looks. Fifty points has got to be enough to win at home, and the problem is the 48. Offensively, we just didn’t make shots and we had a really poor night of shooting the ball from the three, and we missed a lot of easy shots around the rim. Our guards missed shots, our posts missed shots, and obviously, we needed a few more baskets. That would have really helped us.
(On DU’s halftime adjustments)
They just went to their motion, and we got a little lackadaisical and a little undisciplined with the way we wanted to defend their post kids, so we gave them some cuts, we gave them some screen-roll actions that just shouldn’t happen. We did a nice job of defending it in the first half. Our kids battled, we didn’t get off to a great start in the second half, Van-Riper Rose comes out and hits three quick baskets and we call that timeout and our kids responded and we got the lead again. We got enough stops tonight, but not enough baskets.
(On deflection towards end of the game)
That hurt. We wanted Duffy on a clear-out, we wanted to stick Sam in the corner and run a clear-out left with Duffy, but that’s a toughness play you got to make. We were out of timeouts and that hurt. LaDeyah could have come off that screen and she had an open shot. Even Duffy’s look wasn’t God-awful. I just think she rushed it, and it’s a tough situation. We had an opportunity but I think we can just back at this basketball and look at all the missed opportunities we had at the rim.
(On foul trouble with Sam Martin and Caitlin Duffy)
Those are the two kids that we can rely on offensively and everyone has just been way too inconsistent offensively, and that obviously hurt. We feel like Duffy’s got to be on the floor a lot, because she is the one kid that can create for her and for others. She is our best shooter, and she had seven boards tonight, so Duffy plays hard and she competes. Sam, we need her on the floor too. We need more kids to step up, and I know we are playing a lot of young kids, but you know we are ten games into this thing and our kids are capable. We got kids that are capable of producing more than then they are producing. Let’s go home and take a break and clear our minds a little bit and come back with some confidence hopefully and keep moving onward.
(On losing a close game)
“This one hurts. We had a good first half, which we haven’t really had. We held them. We did a good job on defense. We could have won this game. It hurts.”
(On second half)
“We lost focus. That’s when we have to be locked in the most, and I think we weren’t locked in at that point. It comes down to a lot of different plays through the game. This was definitely one we could have gotten.”
“We have to make layups.”
“Preseason is good, you learn a lot. We have a hard conference, and we’re going to be in a lot of close games, so to get experiences in these close games early is good for us. We’re a young team, we have to get composure and get on defense. That’s the hardest part, getting composed on defense and getting to convert on offense.”
(On looking ahead)
“We’re definitely learning. You can put this one in the books as a loss but we’re going to get better from it.”
(On early foul trouble)
“It got me off my rhythm. We can definitely learn a lot from this game. It’s not okay. Foul trouble is going to happen and you have to learn how to play through it, but I had the opportunity to make some layups, and I didn’t. We’re getting good looks; we just have to knock them down. There’s no excuse. That’s why this hurts even more.”
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