Final Quotes

Nov. 5, 2006

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Kansas Postgame Quotes
Kansas 68, Washburn 62
Nov. 5, 2006 – Lawrence, Kan.

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson

On the game:
“This was a great opportunity to learn something about our kids. I thought our press was really effective. We forced some tough shots and made some of the wrong (Washburn) players take shots. That’s what we talked about — we might not be able to force turnovers, but we might be able to force some bad shots.”

“In the first half, instead of converting turnovers, we turned turnovers into turnovers. We didn’t maximize our defensive effort in the first half. There are obviously things we need to work on, but I couldn’t be prouder of the young kids on the perimeter. I thought Kelly (Kohn) made a difference. LeChelda (Jacobs) made a difference. (Danielle McCray) came up with a big bucket. Today was her first game. She struggled today, but she got some teammates excited. I thought Marija (Zinic’s) minutes in the second half were big. Jamie (Boyd’s) minutes were big. My biggest concern is that (Washburn) got so many three-pointers off. We need to work on getting through some screens. We didn’t do a very good job of that.”

On LeChelda Jacobs:
“Great effort. I like the fact that she is willing to take a shot. We just need to get her to have a little more discipline in her shot selection and not play one-on-one anymore. She has some teammates that need the ball. I love her enthusiasm and I love her effort defensively.”

On the WBCA Classic:
“It will be a great event. We appreciate the opportunity to play in it. We appreciate being able to represent the state. We need for our fans to go over (to Kansas City). Iowa will draw. Missouri State will draw. We will play that first game and the play whoever we get after that, but we need some people to come over and help us. It is a great opportunity for us to play good competition on a neutral floor.”

Senior Guard Shaquina Mosley
On what this team learned:

“We have the heart to keep fighting and we are not going to give up if we are down. We know we can actually come back and win a game, so it was both a good thing and a bad thing to be down in the game.”

On getting the exhibition win:
“It was really important. There is kind of a history with KU and Washburn so it was a big win for us. I think we came out a little passive on both ends of the floor and that was a big mistake. We had to fight to take the lead. We ended up winning the game because we come through in the second half.”

Sophomore Forward Marija Zinic
On playing better in the second half:

“We came out aggressive. We pushed the ball better and forced them to take some bad shots. We boxed out better and got more rebounds than them. We won the second half. We just needed more energy on the defensive end.”

Freshman Guard Kelly Kohn
On playing games that count:

“We thought that way from the beginning. That all of this is now for real. This is all going on our record and all going in our memory. You lose a game anytime and it’s disappointing.”

On playing in Kansas City:
“That’s going to be really fun especially for us freshmen. This will be our first on the road experience. We are definitely looking forward to it.”

On playing Seton Hall:
“Tomorrow we will start going over their team concepts. It’s going to be exciting. The Kansas City tournament should be a really good test to see where we stand early on in the year.”

Washburn Quotes
Head Coach Ron McHenry
On the second half:

“They picked their defense up and we missed some shots. We had a couple of good looks from the outside, but when the ball does not go into the basket, their defense picked it up. We missed a few shots and did not make some plays so their defense got better and better. Their full court press hurt us in a couple stretches, but we did get some easy shots. All-in-all that really hurt us, as you can see, we turned the ball over 26 times. Give them credit, their defense picked up, and when that happened we were not able to get the ball to Brooke (Ubelaker).”

On letting the game slip away:
“We play every game to win, and when you have a nine point lead you would like to win it. I thought we just ran out of gas. We did not play as deep in our bench as I would have liked to, and that is my fault, but a couple kids just are not ready yet, so I just tried to grind it out. You would sure like to finish a game in which you had a nine point lead, but they made some plays and they certainly deserve the victory.”

Senior Guard Jessica Aebi
On letting the game slip in the second half:

“Whenever people pick up their defense it causes a little bit of pressure but we should be able to handle that and that is what we need to work on. The three pointer is our shot but they are not always going to go in, so you cannot just rely on that shot. We need to pound it inside to get some close, easy shots too. That is our fault in the second half.”

On handling KU’s full court press:
“We just need to get open, come back to the ball and look towards the middle. That is the key to breaking the press. We have to get the ball to the middle and look up the floor.”

Junior Guard Sequorhea Stiger
On the game:

“We came out really ready for the game. We were pumped up but we got sidetracked. We have a lot of new players and a lot of new things that everybody is trying to do. It’s hard when you have so many new people and you are trying to make everything right.”

On the full court press:
“We had a lot of turnovers at the end and we really needed to get down the floor, but we struggled. I’ll give credit to them, but we just struggled and we have a lot of learning to do, but we’ll get it.”