“I thought we got better today, especially on the defensive end. That is something we have spent a lot of time talking about and where we really want to improve. I thought we came out, with three straight turnovers, really aggressive, which lead to our confidence on the offensive end. Northwestern is a tremendous team. They have a lot of talent and they are a veteran led team. We knew Coffey and Deary were going to come out in the second half and they did a great job. Fortunately for us we were able to get Coffey in foul trouble and get her out of the game. She was a really difficult matchup and she showed that in the second and third quarter against us. A great win for us to come back and play in front of our fans.”
On if defense was specifically stressed coming into this game:
“Yeah it shows you our potential when we are locked in and then when we take a pause and relax. It is an area as we’ve been showing film that we really wanted to put the emphasis there. You see when we lock in that we are pretty good, but when we lock out we can be pretty bad. For us it is completing the game for 40 minutes and I thought we played a great 20 minutes defensively today.”
On struggles of Ashley Deary when playing Maryland:
“I thought we collectively as a whole we did a good job in keeping her in front, not over helping and making her finish plays. We talked about it with Des and Ieshia at the point. She is very difficult to go against. I thought they both kept their poise and composure against her, but we really made her have to work for everything.”
On how important it is to play inside out:
“It’s huge. I think, as we understand when we play through Bri, it is actually easier for our perimeter game. We can forget it. Bri is so unselfish that the double teams she takes allows us to step in and make a lot of great plays. To be able to have that kind of balance, five players in double figures, is key to our success.”
Freshman Guard Destiny Slocum
On her performance against Ashley Deary:
“I think that is always a challenge because she is a really great player. Every single day in practice I go against someone that is the same. I think my preparation is good and our team preparation was really good for her so in general we just did what we had to do.”
Senior Guard Shatori Walker Kimbrough
On whether it was a focus to take Nia out of her game:
“Yeah, she is one of the best players on her team so we want to limit her touches and shot attempts. She showed how good she was in the second half and I thought we got a little bit relaxed on her in the second half. Looking further ahead, we need to key in on the best players.”
On how important the balanced scoring is on this team:
“I think it goes to show how great our team is. We have people coming off the bench and putting up double figures. I think we are really starting to click on offense. Everyone has the confidence to knock down a shot or take the shot and as coach said about Bri Jones, she makes it easy for us to guards. We have shots that we are doing in warm ups. Destiny and Ieshia getting people open looks, Kristen knocking down shots. When we are clicking we can really be scary.”
Northwestern Head Coach Joe McKeown
"I’m disappointed and I think we're a much better team than we showed. So we're going to have to figure out a way, if we play them again, to attack them offensively; that's where we struggled. They shot the ball really well in the first half and they shot the ball really well off offensive rebounds. I think the second half we played a lot harder and did some better things, but Maryland just has so many weapons. You're trying to focus on senior center Brionna Jones or senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, and then freshman guard Destiny Slocum makes shots, and other people make shots. We just didn't do a good job staying in front of them defensively, and that was the difference. They got us offensively to play east-west, instead of north-south, especially in the first half."
On getting senior forward Nia Coffey more involved after half time:
"We tried to get her the ball more. We weren't able to get out in transition because they were making shots, so we weren't able to get her the ball where she could put it on the floor and attack. So that was part of the reason we couldn't score."
On today's matchup not being good for senior guard Ashley Deary:
"Today, I thought her floor game was good today, for the most part. She's a senior, and she's played in a lot of big games, so I expect her if we get into the Big Ten tournament and face Maryland again, to play great. I'm confident in her."
On today's game plan to stop senior center Brionna Jones, considering all of the double teaming on the post, and senior forward/center Allie Tuttle starting today having to do with that:
"She has started the last couple games for us, even before that, so I think we try and be consistent. We've had some injuries so we had to change our some of our lineups. Obviously, we're trying to stop Brionna Jones. I think Maryland does a good job at getting her the ball and keeping the floor spread, so it's hard to get to her in double teams. She's doing a good job at kicking the ball out and then you're rotating out of position and giving up offensive rebounds. She's a great player, she's been a great player in this league since Maryland has come into this league. She was a great player for me in Korea, and it seems she does that to just about everybody in the league."
On putting this game behind you to refocus on the next game that's on the road:
"Well you know, it's early in the Big Ten season; we're 2-2. I thought we played great against Ohio State the other night, I think we played one of our best games this year against Purdue, and we won one out in Nebraska. So I think we're doing a lot of great things. It's early in the Big 10 season, and you know playing Ohio State and Maryland back to back is a challenge for every team. We consider ourselves really good, and so I feel like we can go back and focus on Minnesota and just focus more on us. I really like our team and I think that will show."