Dec. 22, 2013
Head Coach Coquese Washington
Q: Did you get what you wanted out of this game?
A: Well, we did get to play a lot of our young kids, get them some experience that they sorely needed. They sorely needed to be out there and play and get a sense of what it feels like on game day. I think that contributed to the ebbs and flows of the game. I think it was hard to get a rhythm. There were a lot of whistles. Again, not passing judgment on any of those whistles, there were just a lot of whistles. It's hard to get into a rhythm or flow. The experience our young kids got is going to be valuable.
Q: Can you talk about Dara's (Taylor) play today?
A: I thought she was very aggressive offensively and we like our players to be aggressive offensively. I thought she kind of came out and set the tone for us being aggressive on the offensive end.
Q: You've talked about the importance of team chemistry on the floor. It seemed like the chemistry was pretty good today. Was that a level of competition thing or is that something you've seen progress?
A: I definitely think it's progressed from the beginning of the season. We're starting to understand and know what we're going to get day in and day out from different people. I think the chemistry is coming together. It still has a ways to go and we can be a lot better but I like the progression that we've made.
Q: At one point in the second half, Fred Chmiel yelled, "Get on the floor!" Is that something that you stress?
A: Absolutely, we talk in practice all the time about hustle plays, effort points and doing the little things that we need to do. I think we had some moments out there today where the extra effort and hustle really paid off for us.
Q: Coming up on the end of non-conference play and going into Big Ten play, what is the difference in the level of competition?
A: We have some really good coaches in Big Ten play. One of the challenges we face in our conference is there are a lot of different styles. We don't play the same type of basketball night in and night out. Being able to be versatile and being able to adapt to the variety of basketball we're going to see is going to be key. That's what our non-conference schedule tried to prepare us for; playing a variety of different teams and styles from different conferences so we get exposure to playing different types of basketball. Moving forward, I think there are a lot of things we can get better at. We're making steps but we have a lot of steps yet to make and we have to develop a level of consistency, a level of individual consistency and team consistency that has to improve as we move into conference play.
Q: You've been following the women's volleyball team closely, what are your thoughts on last night?
A: I woke up this morning and still had a smile on my face. I just love watching the volleyball team. They're incredible, they're so much fun to watch. Russ Rose is the maestro. Six championships, I'm trying to catch him. I need him to retire so I have a shot.
Q: What are your feelings on your first 20-point game of your career?
A: It doesn't feel any different than any other game. We were just focused on getting the win today. My shot felt good and I found some easy shots in transition.
Q: When did you feel that you were shooting the ball well?
A: After my first two shots went in, I knew I was going to shoot the ball pretty decently today.
Q: Did you accomplish what you wanted to today? Did you guys improve?
A: I think we did some good things in transition. We got everyone involved. I thought that was good. A lot of people got some more playing time today, a lot of the freshman got to see some action. I thought Peyton (Whitted) did a great job today. She got a lot of rebounds, great outlets and some steals. She did a little bit of everything today; I think that was good.