Nov. 28, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico
On the game ... "I think we showed signs of being a really good team. We just have to get that consistency. We did a bunch of great things. Their pressure really affected us. They are the No. 4 team in the country filled with a team of All-Americans. It was nice to see in the first half, when we did get down, we stayed together and rallied and fought back. I thought in the second half to start, they once again caught us off guard, and we turned the basketball over. That resulted in their points. Any time we gave them transition (opportunities), they were able to score. There are a lot of positives we can take from tonight and continue to improve each and every day. It was great to have a nice crowd and a crowd that got excited when we made that run. Hopefully, that (the crowd) will continue to grow as well."
On starting Nya Jordan ... "If you saw our last two games, she has been a completely different person than she had been the first four. We have individual meetings with each kid, and I really thought she bought into what we are trying to do. I think she relaxed and got her confidence back. She had a couple of great practices leading up to the Harvard game. She played exceptionally well against both Harvard and BU. I thought she was definitely deserving of the start tonight. She did a lot of really good things for us tonight too. I think she gives us something that we don't really have, which is a toughness and athleticism and extra rebounder on the court. She has been great. I am really happy for her."
On Rachel Sheffer's game ... "She was going against an All-American. I think Elizabeth Williams blocked a few of her shots earlier, and then she started to take quicker shots. She was not as comfortable with her shots as she has been this season. Our quick shots are almost the same as turnovers. Our quick shots allowed them to take off the other way (in transition). When we ran the shot clock down, we had more of an opportunity to set up our defense on the other end. I think she was going against a tremendous player tonight. I think it was a bit of a confidence thing after having a few early ones blocked. She will be fine. She is an experienced player, and I am sure she will bounce back on Saturday and be terrific."
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