Nov. 18, 2011
Michigan Head Coach Kevin Borseth
Opening statement ... "Very good win, obviously, against a very good team. We played extremely well defensively. We obviously didn't shoot very well, but we beat a very good team."
On reserves impact off the bench ... "I think two players, Kate (Thompson) was one and Nya (Jordan) was the other. Those two players coming off of the bench were really the difference. Kate had 17 points, got to the rim. She was very aggressive offensively, was not afraid defensively. She tipped a couple of shots. Nya came in, had seven defensive rebounds, got to the rim a couple times, and made some good defensive stops. I thought those two kids coming off the bench were the difference for us."
On the defensive performance and containing their star players ... "Number one (Janita Badon) was tough. That was the one we couldn't deal with. It wasn't until we put Jenny Ryan on her at the end of the game and Jenny picked her two or three times in a row, that the game really turned in our favor. But prior to that, we couldn't really contain that kid. We knew 15 (Michelle Plouffe) was good. We did. We tried to keep as much pressure on their perimeter kids as we could to try to keep it out of the other kid's hands. At the end of the first half, it (defensive pressure) really kept us in it a little bit because if you give them free looks and they can get it inside to number 11 (Taryn Wicijowski), she's a handful down low, both offensively and defensively."
On countering their height down low ... "We had a tough time. Rachel was 1-for-10. Sam was 0-for-4. Our post players couldn't score on that block. It was extremely physical down inside there. We knew that coming in, in some respect, we went away from it, and then later on we went back to it a little bit. We tried to get it around that basket and draw some fouls. As a result, we were able to shoot some free throws. I think, other than the fact that they fouled us at the end, and maybe we had six free throws or so just at the end, we shot more free throws than they did. We thought that was important, to go at them, to be aggressive, to try to get to the free throw line. Number 15 (Plouffe) was in foul trouble so that helped us."