Postgame Quotes: No. 10 Maryland 85, Boston College 62

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Postgame Quotes
February 3, 2013
College Park, Md. (Comcast Center)

#10 Maryland 85, Boston College 62

Head Coach Brenda Frese

Opening statement:
“I really liked how we played in the second half. I thought we were able to break it open. I thought our rebounding, we were all over the glass. Our defense led to our transition. I thought we had a slow start. Whether that’s a byproduct of having the bye week or I thought BC came in here and played really hard. I thought they were aggressive and really made us work, but I thought the second half we were really able to put our stamp all over the game.”

On Boston College’s physicality in the beginning:
“Obviously, we understand every game is like this in conference play, but when you’re in that groove of playing two games in a week and we haven’t had one, I do think it took a little time. You know we had a few players start flat so kind of that combination. And again, BC was excited and ready to play and I thought were really aggressive from the tip.”

On not trailing after the timeout:
“Well, I didn’t think we were locked in. I thought defensively was disappointing. We were giving up too many three’s and we were turning the ball over too much. Obviously, when we get shots at the basket, we’re pretty good. So that’s the most important thing is taking better care of the ball especially in a game like this where it’s a slow down game, you know, less possessions, you really have to value the basketball.”

On Alyssa Thomas and Tianna Hawkins playing together:
“It’s fun watching the two of the clicking on all cylinders. When AT is coming down the middle of the floor, you know I don’t know how people decide how they’re going to guard and then when you talk about Tianna running the floor with her, it gives you so many great options. To be able to see two great players, as special as they are, just sharing the basketball, makes it very difficult I think for opponents in terms of how to play the two of them.”

On never being safe when teams can shoot three’s:
“No question. You know, that was something going into this game that we really wanted to reinforce to the team and it was reinforced every timeout. You’re never out of game when you have 3-point threats like BC has. Credit to us, I was glad when were able to really extend the lead, which you have to be able to do against a team like BC that can shoot it so well.”

Junior Forward Tianna Hawkins

On her game:
“It was just coming in at halftime and being challenged by coach. Saying we weren’t really playing hard enough. We needed to come out with better energy and I think that’s what we did as a team.”

Freshman Forward Malina Howard

On what she contributes to the team off the bench:
“Just definitely energy and the ability to keep us focused and keep us locked in and, I guess, an outside shot.”

Junior Forward Alyssa Thomas

On gaining the lead for good:
“We just came out with a slow start. We were letting them get open three’s and just not really pressuring them, so it just came down to us locking in and not letting them get what they wanted.”

On only committing four turnovers:
“Whenever you can take care of the ball, it’s a good thing and we limit a lot of our own mistakes when we don’t turn the ball over and are able to score a lot more.”

Boston College Head Coach Erik Johnson

On what Maryland did that gave Boston College trouble:
“Maryland is good. In the first half, we went on a run when we took the Tianna Hawkins turns and scores. When we were a little bit late and foul, they knock down their free throws. That’s why they are good. The credit really goes to them and their staff.

On the role of shooting three’s in their game plan:
We are a good 3-point shooting team and we are not as big as they are, although Katie Zenevitch did a really nice job inside and she held her own against some of the best post players in the nation. With Kristen [Doherty] playing in a four-guard lineup, we are hard to guard on the perimeter. I thought that Maryland did a good job of preventing our drives. When we drive the ball we get kick outs and we get good shots. Maryland did a nice job of keeping you in front. We didn’t get as many drives as we usually get. The credit goes to a really good defensive team and they had a game plan.

Junior Guard/Forward Kristen Doherty:

On the physical play:
“Coming into this game we knew that Maryland would be tough and physical, especially down in the post. We got together before the game and said we’re smaller, we know we are smaller, and we know we are not as strong, so we really have to work together and help us each other out.”