Jan. 15, 2012
Box Score |
Players Postgame: Kate Thompson | Rachel Sheffer
Michigan Head Coach Kevin Borseth
On the way the game changed after Michigan's timeout in the second half ... "Well, we had to find a way to contain (Rachel) Banham. She was killing us coming off screens and we got mixed up. Offensively, they give you a scheme that is extremely difficult to guard. We had trouble with it and every time we got caught in the wrong spot, she would wind up hitting a three. After the timeout, we went into a zone and kept a better eye on her, and I think that was the difference defensively for us. Offensively, when I got out of the kids way, they started to take care of the ball and do good things. Before, we were trying to run things to get baskets and we had some ball screens coming down the center of the lane and we were wide open, but we weren't making them. For whatever reason, our players didn't feel like that was good for them, so I asked them what they wanted to do, during the timeout. I told them that we needed baskets and asked what they were most comfortable doing, and, they told me that they wanted to run our basic offensive and not get fancy, not play call, just go. I don't know if it got us more baskets, but it got us better baskets in rhythm. They felt a lot better and Sheffer got involved a bit and hit a couple of baskets down and around the hole, which really helped us."
On Jenny Ryan's performance ... "She had that one down on the baseline, where she knocked the ball out of the kid's hands, the kid picked it back up, Jenny fell over, but she stayed on top of it and wound up with the ball. It was a Kodak moment; if you could have seen the smirk on her face when she got up, it was pretty precious. It was a great win, obviously, one game at a time, and that certainly makes this day feel a lot better. I am very proud of the student-athletes."