Feb. 5, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Kevin Borseth
On what the message to the team in the locker room was after the game ... "We had our opportunities and we took care of the ball for the most part. We had two shots at the end of that game that if we make those two shots, this thing is completely different. I thought our kids played their hearts out, I really did. I told them I was very proud of them and that one game doesn't make a season. But we have to pick it up and be ready to play on Thursday."
On the play of Nicole Elmblad and what she brought to the game today ... "I put Nya (Jordan) in there and they just sat off of her, and we just didn't feel comfortable offensively because her man was kind of sitting on Rachel's (Sheffer) backside the entire while, and I didn't know that we had enough things for Nya to do offensively when somebody wasn't guarding her. We had kind of prepared for that a little bit, and it's something that we are going to have to look at down the road because we are going to see a little more of that, and I think Nya is important to have in there, but Nicole came in and they had to guard her because she had a couple threes. It was a big game for her, obviously. She understands the rivalry, so I thought she played really well."
On Michigan's offense in the last couple minutes and what he would change ... "We had two shots. We had Courtney (Boylan) coming down the lane for a shot -- it was a very physical shot -- and then she had a wide-open three. There is two possessions right there. We might have had one other possession -- I'm not sure exactly what happened on it. We had two possessions in a row where we went inside to Carmen (Reynolds) and she missed it. Then the second time we went in to her and threw it away. Those are pivotal points for us, I felt. If Carmen makes that one around the basket it makes a difference, and we don't throw that one out it makes a difference. You can go back and you can hash every play. Bottom line is that we had opportunities and it didn't go our way. Michigan State played really well and came away with the win."
On Courtney Boylan and her performance today ... "At the end of the game, Courtney felt it. She felt like it was hers to win and she felt like it was hers to lose when she had the ball in her hands; that's what point guards do. Last year against Wisconsin, Courtney comes up big and she scores the last two or three baskets to beat Wisconsin. We put a lot of weight on her shoulders and she responds with 50 percent, or better than 50 percent from the floor, and that's pretty good stuff. It's hard to do that, especially with her size and her position, those kinds of things. I told her that it is what it is, and it wasn't because of a lack of effort or any of that, obviously. You tried and we put a lot of weight on your shoulders, but you're a big girl and you've been around for a while. You've handled so many times so well before, and we've got more basketball left to play. She'll be fine."
U-M Senior Guard Courtney Boylan
On taking away some positive from the game ... "There are some good things we can take from the game, and there are still six games left in the season. This is not the end all be all. We still have a lot more of the season left to play. Like you said, it is good we are taking away some positives. We play again Thursday, so we are going to jump right back into it and start preparing for the next game and we will be ready to go."
On Michigan's balanced offense ... "That is the thing about our offense, one half it might be going inside and the next it might be going outside. That is the nice thing about our offense; we do not have to rely on one thing necessarily."
On the overall game plan and taking the final shot attempt ... "That is what we had been doing the whole game, just going to the rim. That is what we wanted to do at that point."
On success from the three-point arc ... "Anytime we shoot well from three it is going to help us."
U-M Junior Forward Rachel Sheffer
On feelings after the loss to MSU ... "I mean, it is Michigan State, it is always tough when we lose. I think on a positive note, we didn't lose because of energy or anything. I think we played a great game as a team. We can't do anything about it now, but we are looking forward to Thursday."
On the physical post play within the U-M/MSU rivalry ... "It's a rivalry game. Every game in the Big Ten is like that. This one might have stung a little more, just because of the situation. Every game really is like that down low."
On the ending to the game ... "I think at the end it came to just hitting shots in the last seconds, and they hit shots and we didn't in the last minute of the game."