Postgame Quotes

March 24, 2012

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Kansas Women’s Basketball
Postgame Quotes
2012 NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal vs. Tennessee
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Wells Fargo Arena | Des Moines, Iowa

Final Score: (11) Kansas 73, (2) Tennessee 84

Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson:

On the development of her freshmen:
“If you want to be developed as a player, you have a responsibility on your part to come in and be a sponge and be silly putty, so to speak. I don’t know that I’ve been around a group of freshmen that has embraced this as much as these guys.”

On Tennessee’s backcourt:
“It’s a combination that can score, put it on the floorand hit pull-up twos. There are lots of different ways those guys can score. They’re unselfish; they let go of it. Their speed in transition got the best of us.”

On the resiliency her team has shown since Carolyn Davis’ season-ending injury:
“What we talked about was, ‘Don’t let what you don’t have keep you from using what you do have.’ We recognized what we lost, but we also had to really identify what we hadn’t lost, and I asked everyone to give a little more. I know it sounds crazy to ask Angel Goodrich to do more, but we did, and she did. We said the goals aren’t going to change: We will find a way; we will figure this out.”

On what she said to Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt after the game:
“‘I’ve always had great respect for you, and I always will.’ It’s not just that she’s won all those games, which is amazing to me, it’s how she’s handled success and all of that -just who she is as a person and how she’s handled her situation. I wanted to make sure I told her when I got a chance.”

Kansas guard Angel Goodrich:
On Kansas’ good start:
“We wanted to be the ones to attack, and we did and it felt really good.”

On next year:
“We’re excited for next year. We’re losing someone really valuable, but we’re ready and we can’t wait.”

On whether or not Kansas got tired during the game:
“There was a long stretch there of back and forth. In terms of getting tired, it’s just how you respond to it. I thought we responded well. We kind of got down a little bit, but we picked ourselves up.”

Kansas forward Chelsea Gardner:
On the flow of the game:
“The first couple minutes, we came out with a lot of energy on defense and offense. We came out with a good start, but in the second half we let them have a lot of open threes and they just hit threes back-to-back.”

On whether or not Kansas got tired during the game:
“I felt that we were kind of gassed and got tired, but I feel like we built the energy back during the middle of the game.”

On a potential Baylor-Tennessee regional final matchup:
“They’re both run-and-gun teams, so I think it’d be back and forth.”

Kansas guard Monica Engelman:
On KU’s season:
“We faced a lot of adversity, and I’m very proud of how our team stuck together and played together. We’ve lost people from injuries; we’ve lost games we thought we should have won.”

On her reaction to the loss:
“Tonight we have nothing to be upset about. We lost. We’re disappointed, but we should be proud of the run that we’ve made and the season we had.”

On the game:
“We just weren’t taking care of the ball and weren’t aggressive. Tennessee is the type of team that, if you’re careless, they’re going to feed off that and attack you more.”