Postgame Quotes: Michigan 79, Northwestern 68

Feb. 2, 2012

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Michigan Head Coach Kevin Borseth
On the strong first-half start and the hot shooting ... "Well, it was good. I told the kids at the beginning of the game that our focus was just to go at them -- not just move the ball around the perimeter and just pass the thing -- because everyone for the most part has been allowing us to do that, just pass it. You have to be able to engage, and get engaged in the game a little bit. The kids did a good job of attacking the basket."

On if it was part of the game plan to get Northwestern in foul trouble by attacking the basket ... "They don't give you an option. When they are out pressuring you on the backside of the court and way out on the floor, they are kind of forcing you around the basket to try to score. I thought Rachel (Sheffer) did a good job. Particularly, we had a couple down inside where the ball was pitched out and had some nice feeds -- Courtney (Boylan) hit a nice three, Carmen (Reynolds) had a three coming out of the inside. You have to attack the basket in some way, shape or form, and tonight we did both a little dribbling and a little passing."

On the put-back off the offensive rebound by Kate Thompson that broke that 44-44 tie ... "Well I tell you what, when it was 44-44, I didn't realize it was tied already. They snuck up in a hurry because I didn't realize we were playing that poorly. Obviously when you hit shots in a game like this, the gap closes in a hurry. When they ran an out-of-bounds play, we knew exactly what play they were going to run. They screened it perfectly and hit a three from the top. Credit to them, they hit some shots to get back in the game. Our kids just hung tough and made some key shots and key stops when they had to."

U-M Junior Guard Jenny Ryan
On if she got tired of doing a little bit of everything ... "It's just one of those things where after the game you look back and you are just happy you won. Stats are secondary to the win, and I'll just do whatever it takes."

On how contagious seeing all the shots going down was for the team ... "I think that's exactly what it is. When you see one go down, it's one of those confidence things that now you know you can do it. When you miss the first one, it kind of sits in your head and you just press to get one to go in, so making the first one definitely helps. Rachel (Sheffer) said before the game that this is our game and that we were going to light it up, and I think that confidence spread to everybody. The stats spoke for themselves."

On the game Sunday against Michigan State ... "It's such a fun game, the rivalry with Michigan State. You circle it on your calendar and it's the reason you come to your in state school. We're just excited because the crowd will be here, and it will be a huge win for our program if we can pull it out. That's just our game plan going in."

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