Jan. 16, 2004
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
January 16, 2004
GW Coach Joe McKeown
"It wasn't bad out there tonight. With this group, you never know what's going to happen. Tonight, our people who have laid it on the line for a long time just stepped up. I know they were frustrated from last week...We're not going to let one game take away the momentum we've built from last Christmas."
"The first half was the best half we've played all year, and against a quality team. They beat Florida and some other national teams, and were undefeated in the conference... The deflections came to us, we got most of the loose balls. For the first 35 minutes we kept them off the foul line and contested every shot they took. [Kate] Flavin really never got going; we did a good job on her."
"We needed a game like this, something to say 'We're back, we're GW, and if you want to take that trophy away, you've got to come through us.' Tonight, we looked like a top 20 team, like the team that blew out Oregon and Boston College. We'll see if we can keep it up."
"We practiced today, we didn't do a shoot-around. Maybe that's our secret. Maybe we'll practice twice tomorrow."
G Marsheik Witherspoon
on going 7-8 from the field
"I couldn't believe I was shooting so well. I think I was 100 percent for a long time. I figured I should just keep shooting until I missed."
on GW's strong defense
"Coach preaches getting between them and the basket. We really improved on that in this game. It made a big difference...We didn't want anybody coming in here and scoring 80 on us. That's usually the only way other teams can beat us."
G Cathy Joens
Why has the team's scoring improved?
"Our transition game is better. At the beginning of the season, we weren't getting on the run and that's what we live off of--getting wide-open layups and transition 3s. We've focused a lot more on that in the last couple of weeks--just to get out and run because it opens up the floor for everybody else."
on limiting Richmond to 14 first-half points
"We've been working on defense as well--covering shooters, making sure we got out to the high post, and just being active. It flustered them and they didn't know what to do."
Has the St. Joe's loss motivated the team?
"I'd say yes, because we haven't lost at home in a couple of seasons. We don't play them again to get that game back. We know that we're is not invincable; people are coming after us, and we need to come out every game ready to play. We showed that today because in the first half we were going at them. We weren't letting them dictate how we were going to play."
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