Feb. 4, 2013
Michigan Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico
On the game ... "It was not high scoring, but I thought it was a decent first half. Obviously, I really thought Michigan State wore us down in the second half. They were very physical. We couldn't get anything going offensively. They did a great job on us. They were able to, even when we tried to go on some runs, stop the runs. It was a tough game early, a competitive game early, but then they made that run at the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half that really opened up the game. We weren't able to come back from it."
On the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry ... "I think Michigan State is the program that sets the bar in the state of Michigan. They have a great fan base, they have a great following, and they have a great program. They have great tradition, and they win. With me coming to Michigan and with the players in our program, that means a lot to us. We take a lot of pride in our university and our program, and for us to be successful here is important to us. When I first came in, this is obviously the program that I look at, and the program that has done a tremendous job in our state. They are what we are striving for and achieving to be."
On what she thinks of the rivalry after playing a game ... "When I was hired, that was one of the things I was told: not to wear green. At my press conference, everyone spoke about how we have lost to them 11 straight times and how this is an important game for us. For people to be making those types of statements on your first day on the job, it made me appreciate how important this game is from the very beginning. I think it is something that is really important to the kids, the kids in the state, the community and everyone. For our program and these seniors, where the program was when they came in and where it is now, we have significantly improved. The culture of the program has dramatically changed, and that is thanks to our five seniors. This program has made tremendous strides, but it is a process, which I am sure it was at Michigan State once."
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