Dec. 8, 2004

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Post-Game Quotes

Kansas Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
On the game:
“I thought our defensive intensity from the beginning was the difference-maker in tonight’s game. We didn’t allow any uncontested looks. We did a good job early on the defensive glass. We forced tough shots. We made them work to get the ball and get touches. I also think we did a good job on (Zane) Teilane. I felt like we needed to be physical with her and I thought we did a good job of defending her.”

On the second half:
“We felt like we could get some possessions in transition. We wanted to put together a good stretch and distance ourselves from them. At one point, (Western Illinois) had scored 16 points, but 12 of them came from the free throw line. We weren’t hurting ourselves by giving up easy shots, we were just fouling too much. Coming out of the lockerroom, we talked about getting them out of a flow early and I thought we did. Western Illinois got some good looks that maybe on another night may have gone down.”

On Taylor McIntosh:
“She is a great compliment to Crystal Kemp. She makes hustle plays and has a knack for getting to the ball. A lot of people say it is a knack, I say it is effort. Her hard work brings her a tremendous amount of touches. Her read on the ball is good right now and her effort is fantastic.”
Junior Forward Crystal Kemp
On playing against Zane Teilane:
“She made me alternate my shots and take some bad shots a few times, but I expected that. I didn’t want her to think that I was going to back away just because of her size.”

On playing the entire first half:
“Things were going well and I was trying to keep us running our offense well. I wanted to keep the momentum in our favor, that we sometimes lose at points. The main things I wanted to do tonight was to stay out of foul trouble and I have been doing better with that in the past few games.”

Junior Guard Erica Hallman
On the game:
“We played really good defense tonight. We executed our game plan well and had good pressure on the ball. They were guarding me well the whole time, but I had no problem giving it up. My teammates hit some shots. I didn’t score that much, but I didn’t turn the ball over and had six assists so I was pretty happy.”

Senior Guard Aquanita Burras
On the game:
“Before the game we knew we needed to come out and play two halves. The last few games we have put ourselves in a ditch. We tried to move forward and be consistent in both halves.”

On Western Illinois’ frustration:
“We worked through their offense everyday in practice. They (Western Illinois) couldn’t run their offense because we were always where they needed to be. It put a little bit of frustration on their side. We were able to keep one of their leading scorers to only two points and that really frustrated them.”

Western Illinois Head Coach Leslie Crane
On the game:
“We did not come prepared to play tonight. We are going to spend the next few days trying to figure out why. You have to give Kansas credit. They did a great job pressuring us and taking us out of our sets. Our kids would not stay in anything and they (Kansas) stayed within their game plan. That was the difference, they had a defensive game plan and stuck with it.”

On Kansas’ rebounding:
“We were standing and watching them go get the boards. We are capable of doing a much better job rebounding the ball. The difference ended up only being one rebound. We played better in the second half.”

On the second half:
“In the second half, I thought we did a better job rebounding the ball and we played better defense. We need to go and see who wants to play on the offensive end for us.”