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Release: 02/06/2014
Postgame Quotes
February 6, 2013
College Park, Md. (Comcast Center)

No. 9 Maryland 94, Pittsburgh 46

Head Coach Brenda Frese

Opening Statement:
“I really liked how hard we played from start to finish, we never played the score and I thought we got better tonight and I thought you saw some really good defensive stops that lead to our transition and I thought we were really unselfish in our play. Obviously at this halfway point just wanting to continue to build, back to back games when you talk about how we played at Syracuse and being able to come home tonight and again not play the score which I thought was big for us from a level of consistency. I really like where we’re at and we just want to continue to improve and get better.”

On tonight being one of their best games defensively:
“I thought we were able, with our depth to wear them out, but absolutely our defense led to our transition and I thought we definitely tried to make a difference defensively tonight.”

On having the size advantage inside:
“When we knew they played four guards and were small we wanted to pound the ball inside and I credit our guards; I thought they were really unselfish in terms of getting the touches inside to [Brionna Jones] and when [Alyssa Thomas] was in there; just really moving the basketball. You have to understand that the game plan every night is different and we definitely took advantage of their lack of height.”

On the recent shooting success of Lexie Brown:
“She’s playing with a lot of confidence and I credit her teammates [Alyssa Thomas] helping her gain that confidence and it makes us a better team when you look at how our freshman are playing consistently; [Lexie Brown], [Shatori Walker-Kimbrough], and [Brionna Jones]. It just makes us a better team because they can’t put everything on Alyssa. I’m excited in terms of the confidence she’s playing with because she can shoot it and she can deliver with her assists so it makes us that much harder to defend as a team when you have that kind of inside-outside type of game going on.”

On the inside presence opening up the outside game or vice versa:
“We forced them to have to double team when we were able to feed the ball to [Brionna Jones] early and then when they went to double team it freed up outside. You see how unselfish our bigs are in terms of making that extra pass so being able to have that inside-outside game, easier shots for our guards to be able to step in and be able to make consistently.

Senior Forward Alyssa Thomas

On sitting on the bench for the final 12 minutes of the game with a lead:
“It’s good to see my teammates get in there and get buckets, like with Sequoia Austin and her and-1. I just like to get excited for my teammates.”

On if she was worried about not getting a double-double or triple-double:
“No, it’s all about the team win.”

Freshman Center Brionna Jones

On the Terps dominating inside:
“It was just part of our game plan to get the ball into the post. I think we accomplished what we were trying to do.”

On her help defense:
“I was just in help. We have been working on it, so I was trying to be in help the whole game. In the first couple minutes of the game I missed one of the help plays, so I just wanted to make sure that I was white line for the rest of the game.”

Freshman Guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough

On her poise in late-clock situations:
“I noticed the shot clock, but I didn’t let it speed me up. I just wanted to get the ball up on the rim and a get second chance opportunity.”


 

Pittsburgh Head Coach Suzie McConnell-Serio

Opening Statement:
“The bottom line is we just didn’t compete and we’re not at the level right now that Maryland is playing. They’re just across the board stronger, more athletic, more physical, quicker. They’re very talented at every position. They’re deep. They don’t skip a beat when players come off the bench and obviously right now we just didn’t compete tonight at all and it was very disappointing. I thought we could have done a better job in a lot of areas offensively and defensively. For whatever reason we just struggled at both ends of the floor, which was frustrating and disappointing at the same time.”

On whether Maryland’s defense or Pitt’s offense was responsible for Pitt shooting 31.3 percent:
“You say it’s a combination. We got open looks at times, couldn’t finish. We go 5-of-15 from the free throw line. They have nothing to do with that, they’re wide open. It just was a struggle. We started out the game one of our key players, Asia Logan, is 2-for-2 to start the game and then goes 0-for-10. I just think their size, their strength a lot of times around the rim had a lot to do with it, but there were times we had open jump shots. It’s an area we’ve struggled throughout the year is shooting the basketball from the perimeter and we’re a team that needs every player to show up and play well for us to compete and that didn’t happen tonight.”

On Alyssa Thomas:
“The one thing about her is, in my mind, where she’s so impressive is in transition. Whether she’s getting the rebound and leading the break with a ball in her hand or she’s out in the open floor at the receiving end. She can post players up. She just creates so many mismatches. Obviously when they changed their starting lineup to go big tonight we knew exactly what they were trying to was go inside and then they were bigger on the perimeter with Alyssa Thomas. She just creates matchup problems, posting people up, taking it to the perimeter. She’s versatile. She’s very good and we knew that coming in we didn’t have an answer for her and you try to throw double teams at her, but when you do that it opens somebody else up and with her size and her strength she will find them.”



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