Feb. 1, 2004
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
"I'd like to see her shoot the ball more. She's so unselfish, especially when teams collpase on Ugo or Val, and they're double-teaming Cathy. We need her, especially from deep. She can stand 25 feet out and make 3's all day."
"I call her point-forward. We want to get her into the offense--have Marsheik get her the ball and then let her create and make plays. We're pretty good when we can do that.
[on his 400th win]
"We've had a lot of great wins here, but one of the games that got the program going was when we beat Texas, the first game of the year in 91-92. The second was when we played Stanford. They won the national championship the previous year, they were ranked #1, and they beat us at the buzzer. Jennifer Shasky got fouled on a 3-point attempt, but they didn't call it. I ran after the officials and bumped into Shaquille O'Neal, who was coming out with his LSU team to play UNLV in the next game. I remember Shaq saying 'That coach is mad!'...That was probably the best loss we had because it got us so much respect. A week later we're ranked 5th or 6th in the country. It got our program elevated to a national level, and we could start recruiting all the great All-Americans we had in the 90s."
"Dr. Chernak convinced me to take the job, and he's been an important part [of our success]. Over the last 15 years, through the ups and downs, he's been a loyal supporter of women's basketball. He had a vision in the late 80s and early 90s, when a lot of people were cutting back or didn't see any future. He felt this could be big, we could be pretty good in women's basketball and elevate our university too."
[Did she think she'd get one during her career at GW?]
"I'm really happy. I'd be happier if instead of 5 of 12, [my Field Goals] said 9 of 12, something like that. But I'm very happy...I don't feel like I played a great game. There are others where I thought I played better. But this one--the stats say a lot."
[on how the team is relying on her]
"You don't find players like that. Jason Kidd is one of the few NBA players who gets a triple-double all the time. She's been close in a whole bunch of games. You don't have somebody who can score, rebound, and pass the ball like that. It's rare in college basketball. I'm just glad she's on our team and not somebody else's."
[Is the team coming together at the right point in the season?]