Game Quotes

Dec. 18, 2005

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Postgame Quotes
Kansas 73, Florida International 65
December 18, 2005

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
On the game:

“We are tremendously excited and certainly want to finish 9-0 going home for Christmas. There were spots when we weren’t very good, and there were spots when we played fairly well.”

On adjusting to the matchup zone:
“We felt like we could run man offense. It took some time to convince them to be patient. We tried some things that we hadn’t had in. I will take responsibility for that, not being prepared to play against the zone. I thought they did a good job and, they went to the zone because we were having success getting the ball to Crystal early.”

On Crystal Kemp:
“She got some great looks and some easy touches. Ivana made some good passing decisions, and overall Crystal was solid.”

On identifying the matchup zone:
“They recognized it was a 3-2 zone, but they didn’t understand how they were trying to bump and matchup. We lost our poise and we took a couple of bad shots. It will be good for us to look at it on film and address some of those concerns. The most disappointing thing was we didn’t shoot the ball well, but we didn’t get to the offensive glass. We just have to pursue and be more aggressive.”

Senior Forward Crystal Kemp
On the game:

“We weren’t able to make any shots, and we weren’t able to stop them defensively on a couple possessions. They were making lay-ups, and that’s what we didn’t want to do.”

On Florida International playing zone:
“I don’t know what that was. I don’t think that it was match-up zone. I think that they were throwing it so that the post could really sag in and not play high. The guards were playing pretty much everyone. So, it was kind of confusing there for us for awhile.”

On being 8-0:
“It feels good. It feels really good. We have had some tough games, but fortunately we were able to come out on top. We just have to stay poised especially when things get tough. I have notice that when things get tough we don’t just lay down and die, we continue to push through the game.”

Senior Guard Kaylee Brown
On the game:

“I think that it was a little closer than we planned. I just don’t think that we played to our potential today.”

On what Coach Bonnie Henrickson said at the half:
“Coach Henrickson told us that we needed to pick it up. We needed to start running it like we usually do and get our points in transition. We only had two points in transition at the half. She just told us that we had to come out and run more, get more points in transition and not let them get so many offensive rebounds and lay-ups.”

Florida International Head Coach Cindy Russo
On the game:

“I thought we played well most of the time. I think that this is a true sense of losing on the line (free-throw line) tonight. You can’t win close games like that. It’s a shame because I think we played pretty well. I think this is the second game we lost this year on the line. We just have to find a way to do it and close it up. We just aren’t finishing strong.”