Dec. 1, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico
On the game ... "I thought we definitely had to grind it out. We struggled in the first half on things we are typically good at, like making free throws and hitting open shots. Part of it was due to the Florida defense and their pressure, so we missed a bunch of things in the first half that we would normally make. I was happy to see us finish a game that we didn't play exceptionally well in.
On getting through the foul trouble ... "I thought that Sam Arnold gave us terrific, terrific minutes off the bench. When Rachel (Sheffer) got her fourth foul so early in the second half, that obviously makes you sweat a little bit. But I thought Sam came in and gave us great minutes, I thought Madison (Ristovski) came in and gave us great minutes. Our bench really helped out tonight, even if it doesn't show in the stat line. They came in and did a really great job of holding things together when we were in foul trouble."
On Nya Jordan's performance ... "I thought she played with a bunch of confidence. Her confidence is getting better and better each day. We really need her to rebound the basketball for us. She did a great job of that today. I kept telling her, 'Nya, rebound, rebound. Think about rebounding.' Florida, obviously, one of their strengths is offensive rebounding and there were times they really hurt us on that. I felt like that was how they really scored a lot of their points. We needed Nya to really step up, especially with Rachel (Sheffer) out of the game, and rebound for us. She did a great job of that."
On handling the pressure of Florida ... "I think we are getting better and better at it each and every time we play. Obviously, the more you face something the more experience you have and the better you attack it. I thought we did a much better job of handling the pressure today. We had some silly turnovers, but, for the most part, I thought we improved from the other day."