GW vs. XU Postgame Quotes
Jan. 19, 2003
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL January 19, 2003
GW 70 Xavier 57
GW Coach Joe McKeown
"In the 1st half, they had 22 of their 32 points from Piipari and Waugh. At halftime, I said to my staff, "We can't let those two beat us," because I've seen them do it to us before...They knocked us out of the tournament three years in a row. So I said at halftime, I don't care if someone else on their team scores 20 points; those two aren't going to beat us. We shaded those two, and played everyone else straight-up."
on Ugo Oha's slow start "She had a couple of cheap fouls early. We took her out and let her get a look at the flow of the game. Val Williams gave us a great lift today; 8 points off the bench sometimes can be a real spark to a team."
"We still need a spark. We lost four in a row for the first time anyone can remember this season; we had never lost than two in a row before. So we were scratching our heads trying to figure out what we were doing wrong. Now, we've won six in a row, and today we played like we want to play. Those other games, we played halves. Today, we played hard for 40 minutes; it's the best we've played as far as staying focused."
GW F Cathy Joens
"Our whole defense was focused on stopping Waugh and Piipari. Those two are their go-to players. You stop them and somebody else has to try and beat you. They couldn't do that today. Both of them are great players, but our goal the entire time was to stop both of them."
GW G Marsheik Witherspoon
on the scoring tandem with Cathy Joens
"It makes my job eaiser. I give her the ball and she scores. It also makes it easier getting the ball down low; they won't double-team as much because CJ's hitting the 3s."
on shutting down Waugh and Piipari in the 2nd half "At halftime, coach changed the defense to where we take those two out, don't let them see the ball, and it worked for us. The other players didn't step up obviously."
"We stepped it up on the defensive end, I guess because we wanted it much more and because it was Xavier. They upset us last year. It makes us a lot more confident going into the rest of the A-10 season, but we have to keep our heads up, keep focused, and keep playing hard."
Xavier Coach Kevin McGuff
"The thing we were most worried about was their inside game. That's where we've struggled defensively. But with Joens coming off a 35-point performance against Fordham, I knew it'd be difficult. We tried to double team them off the block, and we had some effectiveness with that, but we kept allowing Joens to get free."
on the effectiveness of GW's defense "They came out and went triangle-and-two, and did a good job defensively. But more than anything, I thought our kids got a little bit nervous. We had great opportunities inside because they were hanging on us on the perimeter, but we didn't take advantage of it. That's been us all year; that's who we are and how we play."
"When we first started, we were somewhat tentative. As we went on in the 1st half, we got better. We got some confidence and really started attacking them, and they were having a hard time guarding us man-to-man down the stretch in the first half."
"Credit their defense. They did a good job in getting after us. If we could have had some success around the basket earlier on when they went triangle-and-two, it would have loosened things up and they would have had to play us more straight-up. But we didn't take advantage of those opportunities."
on Ugo Oha "She's in the the paint, she takes up a lot of space. Even if she doesn't block the shot, she alters quite a few shots. She's so big and long, so she's certainly a force and it makes it tough to score around the basket."