Feb. 13, 2008

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas 70, Colorado 59

February 13, 2008

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson

On the game:

“I thought we were aggressive and we did a good job of getting to the free-throw line. We did a good job of getting points in transition as well. Our goal is always to shoot 60% in transition shots. I am not sure we did that but I still loved our aggressiveness tonight. We did a nice job of making the extra pass tonight. I thought we did a nice job on (Jackie) McFarland who is a very good post player. She got some good looks but good players are going to do that. Brittany Spears is a heck of a player and she got loose a few times, but I loved our toughness. Like last game, I liked the fact that we didn’t just try to stop runs but we answered runs. I thought we did that on several occasions in both halves.”

On Colorado’s defense:

“I thought Nicollette’s (Smith) ability to shoot the three forced them out of their zone a few times. I just thought there was a lot of good execution out there tonight by our kids.”

On Danielle McCray:

“She was more aggressive. She more aggressive off the dribble, off the catch, to the boards, and she was able to get the free-throw line tonight. She was able to manufacture some points at the free throw line tonight. We really feed off of her and tonight she was more aggressive and more vocal.”

Kansas Player Quotes

Freshman forward Krysten Boogaard

On her game:

“I was catching the ball low and getting into good position to get easy baskets.”

On playing against Jackie McFarland:

“I knew I had to keep my feet moving. There were a couple times when I got caught and when I was not boxing out. I know that I need to be quicker on my feet to guard those kind of players.”

On differences from the last Colorado matchup:

“I think we knew the game plan a little bit more and we focused on that during the game. We were doubling off of (Kara Richards) when she was in.

Senior guard Ivana Catic

On differences from the last Colorado matchup:

“When we were there we came out of the gates and made a big run. Then we just stopped playing and hoped it was going to happen for us. That was early in Big 12 play. We went through tough games and realized it was going to be tough every time out. People are not going to go away. We have to buckle down and cannot allow the same thing to happen last time.”

On her offensive play:

“I need to continue to grow on offense. I realized that I need to be more aggressive, make plays and draw defense to create shots for other people.”

Head Coach Kathy McConnell-Miller

On freshman forward Brittany Spears’ effectiveness:

“She’s a fun player. She’s fun to coach. She’s going to be really good. She has no idea what we are trying to do. From a collective standpoint, both offensively and defensively, most of what she does is instinctive. I really like coaching her. I think her best days are ahead of her. She’s getting a feel for what this conference is like. She’s just been a solid player for us.”

On the game:

“Clearly any game on the road in the conference is tough, but we need to be a lot more efficient with our offense. We need to have a better inside-outside combination for us to be effective. Some of our young players did some nice things, but some of our older players that we typically rely on really struggled. Kansas’ post players should get all the credit. (Danielle) McCray was the best I’ve seen her all year. She was just really effective. Her line looks good, obviously you do not want five turnovers, but everything else was solid. She was a difference maker tonight. For us, we had (Brittany) Spears. She’s young, a freshman and she’s going to make some mistakes. She played some nice minutes, but I thought McCray was the best player on the floor tonight.”

On senior forward Jackie McFarland:

“Teams have played her a lot of different ways and she’s struggling to get into the flow of how differently the games are being called. She’s struggling adjusting to that. It’s been an up-and-down conference season for her. Although her numbers have been really good. She’s still performing, but for us, we typically see that line as 18 (points) and nine (rebounds) and a little more effective for us. But I thought (Krysten) Boogaard and Nicollette (Smith) did a nice job on her.”