Feb. 17, 2008

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas 62, Nebraska 61

February 17, 2008

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson

On the game:

“Our aggressiveness, our confidence, poise and composure down the stretch was just huge. Their poise was unbelievable; they kept getting shots when they needed to. I think we just didn’t panic, we understood that we had to take it one possession at a time. We found a way to score. We’ve been on Krysten’s (Boogaard) back for a long time and she had a human night, a freshman night and that’s going to happen, but that’s when you’ve got to see other players step up.”

On Nebraska:

“Nebraska played well and just ended up on the wrong end of it. You can do that in this league; you can play really well and not end up on the right end of one.”

On Taylor McIntosh:

“That’s what a senior can do for you. They give you a chance to win. She was 5-for-5 from the free-throw line. She gets a big and-one, a big offensive rebound and the confidence to take that to the rim and make a play in traffic.”

On Think Pink:

“I thought it was awesome, great energy. I love it when they can’t hear me and we’re doing the hand signals for everything. We’re so proud to be a part of this national event, and really proud to contribute locally to LMH.”

Sophomore Guard LaChelda Jacobs

On the game:

“I knew from their previous games that they (Nebraska) would pressure us. We have been working on taking care of the ball. I thought Ivana (Catic) and I did a good job of staying aggressive. We took it to the rim and didn’t take bad shots.”

On the upcoming schedule:

“Going into Texas Tech, we know that they play very well at home. We have just got to keep on rolling and stay aggressive. If we do that then hopefully we can go down there and get a win.”

Sophomore Guard Danielle McCray

On drawing the late foul:

“Lately I have been called for a lot of offensive fouls when I have been out of control. But I knew that one was a block because she hit me from the side. I looked at the referee and he called a block. I just started jumping up and down like I had just hit a game winning shot or something. I am very comfortable under pressure, and I knew that if I could knock down the free throw then we would win the game.”

On her game-winning free throw:

“Coach Hendrickson told me to make the first one and miss the second one. I was thinking more about missing the second one than I was about making the first one. Instead of following through I kind of snapped my hand and I missed it.”

On the late timeouts called by Nebraska:

“The timeouts gave me some time to breathe and let me calm down. Some coaches try to call timeouts to try to freeze you out and make you think about it. I just used it as a time to catch my breath because I was a little tired after jumping up and down after I drew the foul.”

Nebraska Head Coach Connie Yori

Opening Statement:

“Kansas is better than the first time we played them and we knew they were. They have been playing well. We knew it was going to be a great challenge to come in here and beat them. They’re an improved basketball team. They are a young team that has made a step. I think they are playing harder and running their stuff well. They’ve got more options scoring-wise. (LaChelda) Jacobs’ aggressiveness has given them another scoring punch as has (Krysten) Boogaard.

We go 17-of-34 from the free throw line tonight and in Lincoln, we were at least 30-of-32. Obviously, that’s a big turnaround. I think free throw shooting is the funniest thing in coaching. You just don’t always understand it. Why do you make them on this day and not on this day? And today was the day we didn’t make them and it was costly for us. Take nothing away from Kansas, I thought they played really hard and really well, but we had our chances and didn’t cash in on it.”

On Yvonne Turner’s foul trouble:

“She picked up two silly, reaching fouls and she has to be more disciplined. Her foul trouble hurt us. Kelsey Griffin’s foul trouble hurt us. We have two of our best players in foul trouble in the first half and then Turner picks up another one early in the second half so she has to sit again. We need her on the floor. When she’s on the floor, we can create more havoc and turn our opponents over a little bit more. That was definitely a factor.”

On Kansas’ balance

“Kansas is a good dribble-jump shooting team. They’re a little bigger at the guard position than we are and they shot it over us some. I thought we did a pretty good job on Boogaard–she’s been playing really well. But they had some other kids step up. Jacobs was definitely a factor, but she has played well lately. (Danielle) McCray did some good things and made the biggest play of the game down the stretch. They are not relying on McCray as much as they were earlier in the year. They are getting a little more scoring out of their guards and Boogaard.”