Dec. 15, 2012
Michigan Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico
On the game ... "I think our bench is really starting to contribute and give us good minutes. Sam (Arnold) had another really good night and Madison (Ristovski) is doing a really solid job. It was nice to see Brenae (Harris) come in and shoot the basketball pretty well and really push the ball hard in transition. I thought they did a great job. I am so happy for Kate (Thompson) in having a double-double. We are getting better."
On the small size of Western ... "We tried to go inside early. I think Rachel (Sheffer) scored on the first possession. We missed a bunch, but then we got Sam in the game and were really able to take advantage of our size. That hasn't happened much for us this year and probably won't happen again. It was nice to be able to get the ball inside."
On getting Kate Thompson open looks ... "We have to continue to move the basketball, and that is what I emphasized to them after the game. I think we need to focus on finding her in transition because if we can do that, we might be able to get some easier baskets for her instead of out of a half-court set every time. I think teams are going to start breaking down on our half-court stuff and really try to double her to take her stuff away. They (Western Michigan) did a pretty good job of that today. The other thing we have to do is that when we do set screens for her, we have to be able to slip those screens and hit the open player. We found Sam on a couple of those tonight. The more teams really key in on her and double her, the more open other players are going to be."
On the play of Nicole Elmblad ... "I think she is just so solid. She plays the same way every single time out. She does not have an off day. She plays incredibly hard, and she is usually guarding one of the other team's best players. She is really physical and can defend inside and out. She just understands her role. She is always trying to get the best players on our team shots. She sets screens, just a complete team player. She does a lot of things that go unnoticed that help us win basketball games."