Feb. 16, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Kevin Borseth
On final Michigan possession ... "We tried to get around the basket. We went down with Carmen (Reynolds) the time before that and didn't get the foul call, so I didn't know if I wanted to go down around the basket again and put it in the hands of the officials. I wanted to give us a good shot. Nya (Jordan) turned the corner and got down into the lane, pitched it out to Sam (Arnold). She's wide open for three. She puts it in and it certainly changes the whole outcome of the game. Rebounds, turnovers, everything that goes with it. We had an opportunity to win that game and we didn't. We got a shot at the end to win it, which was good. We actually had two of them. We had Carmen going down that lane, no foul, and then we had Sam's. The last two possessions we didn't score."
On what happened in the last two minutes of the game ... "I thought we threw the ball away and missed a lot of layups. Those are the two things that really stick out in my mind. I'm not exactly sure why, but we turned the ball over three times and we missed a ton of layups around the basket. If we had made those layups, the dynamics of the game would have changed. When we take care of the ball and make shots, we win, but tonight that did not work for us."
On why Iowa hit a three-pointer at the end of the game ... "In my opinion, getting beat and losing are two different things and I really thought we lost this game. We had opportunities and nice shots around the rim that didn't go in. Carmen (Reynolds), Sam (Arnold) and Nya (Jordan) had a couple of shots towards the end of the game that almost went in. Courtney (Boylan) had a big shot towards the end of the game that had us in the lead, but then we turned the ball over with about a minute and a half left in the game. We threw the ball out of bounds on a simple down screen, and you can't make mistakes like that in close games. The success and failure of your season comes down to seven games that you win or lose by five points, and right now, Wisconsin, Michigan State and tonight's game against Iowa are the close games that we lost. The good news is that we still have three games left. We play Iowa again and we want to be hot at the end of the year, so hopefully this loss will fuel our fire and our players will come out ready to go for the next game."
On the timeout Michigan called with 13 seconds left in the game ... "We wanted to be able to put Sam down in the post. Nya came off the screen high and turned the corner and ended up being wide open inside the paint. Obviously, at that point you have a couple of different options depending on the defenders reaction, and Nya was an option that we had that did not work out."
On preparing for the upcoming game against Indiana ... "Well, we have three games left and we are going to take them one game at a time. We need to look forward to our next game against Indiana on Sunday and be ready to play hard."
On Iowa's rebounding in the second half ... "Sam Logic had 18 rebounds, and she was the difference for Iowa's rebounding. The only player that we have who can physically stay with Sam (Logic) is (Rachel) Sheffer. Towards the end of the game we put Sheffer in to rebound, but even with Sam's rebounding, we still had chances to win the game, but it just didn't work out that way. We need to work hard and pick up the pieces to prepare for our game on Sunday."
U-M Senior Guard Courtney Boylan
Courtney Boylan on last possession ... "I would have done whatever the play Coach wanted. Whatever he wanted, I would have done that. That's the play that he called, and that's what we are going to go with."
On the effects of this game before facing Indiana ... "It's definitely important. We've looked at every game in the Big Ten as an important game. We've just been taking it one game at a time and now we are moving on to Indiana."
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