Dec. 16, 2007

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<?xml:namespace prefix=”st1″ ns=”urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags”?>Kansas 62, UC Riverside 49

December 16, 2007

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson Quotes

On the team’s performance:

“I thought we had a good team effort. LaChelda (Jacobs) was a nice spark off the bench. She came in and got some offensive rebounds and was able to put them back in. I thought we shared the ball and we were aggressive. It was an ugly win and a lot of times you have to do that. I give credit to UC Riverside. I thought that their half-court offensive execution was very good. They got some good looks and were able to get fouled.”

On Taylor McIntosh:

“We thought it would be very important for her to play good position defense and not try to be overly aggressive. We knew there was going to be a lot of perimeter defense and she did a nice job defending the post.”

On Sade Morris:

“She did a really nice job in the first half. She was probably a little out of control a couple times but then settled down. In the second half she started to use her pull-up jumper. Early I thought they let us get to the rim in the first half, but in the second half there was no way we were getting below the block.”

On the other players filling Danielle McCray’s absence:

“The other players stepping up really helped us out a lot. It is important for our young kids to focus and concentrate and ask questions if they don’t understand.”

On Kristen Boogaard:

“She needs to eliminate her offensive fouls in the first half. She kind of got pushed around a little bit. I told her that if she plays like she is capable of, she can dominate in the second half.”

On the team’s upcoming games:

“I think this road trip will help us grow and hopefully we can play better on the road in both of our games. It should be a challenge for us and we’re excited.”

Senior forward Taylor McIntosh

On traveling to California:

“I think it’s important that we play like we have been. Like Coach Bonnie (Henrickson) said, we all need to continue to do what we do, just a little bit better every time. I think (playing at home) has given us confidence for the road. Even though we haven’t always played well, we have found a way to win and we’ve come out successful.

Sophomore guard Sade Morris

On her play (in light of Danielle McCray’s absence):

“I didn’t approach tonight any differently from any other game. I just went out there and played the game that I always do. I knew there would be certain areas where I would have to step up, but I couldn’t force them; I had to let the game come to me and take what the defense gave me.”

On Kansas’ last five games:

“We now have the confidence to play good teams. It might not always be pretty but we can still come out with a decent win. Now we have two tough games on the road and this time we are ready for it. We are still going to continue to work hard because we know how it feels to be at the bottom and always have a target on someone else’s back. Now we know how it feels to have the target on our backs.”

On playing on the road:

“We know we are going out there to play two really good teams. It will be tough, especially for the freshmen, who will be playing on the road for the first time. But we will be ready for it and we are not worried.”

UC Riverside head coach John Margaritis

His thoughts on the game:

“Obviously I think that Kansas is very, very good. They are very well-balanced and athletic. They are very explosive. They shoot the ball exceptionally well. They played a very good game without their best player on the floor in Danielle McCray. I thought that they did a really good job. They were just very tough to play against. We hung in there as long as we could, but they did a good job and won.”

On UC Riverside’s three-point shooting:

“Not having Keime (Nkele) had some impact on the game after she left with injury, but a lot of the threes that we were taking late in the game were because of the fact that we were trying to come back. We pretty much shot the same amount of threes in the second half as the first, but we didn’t make any of them. At the end of the game with the score being what it was and losing Keime in the paint, I thought it was our best chance to get back into the game if we hit a couple of threes.”

On Kansas guard Sade Morris:

“I thought she would probably be the player to take over the game in the absence of McCray and she did just that. I think she is a very good player.”