Feb. 8, 2007
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NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
#8/t9 GW 76
GW Coach Joe McKeown
"The run at the start of the second half just blew the game open. We wanted to come out and turn it into a track meet--make Duquesne run. Once we were able to score in transition and press a little bit, that was the difference."
This team got to 20 wins sooner than any of your other teams. What makes them special?
"We're trying hard as a staff and team to focus on the next game. When you break into the top 10, there's some excitement about that, and we're trying to stay grounded. To win 20 games with only 2 losses does say a lot of them. And give them a lot of credit because we played a tough non-conference schedule, and they handled it well."
How hard is it to contain the talk about GW's success so far?
"It is a challenge, but a lot of our older players have been in two or three NCAA Tournaments and a lot of big games. They're handling it well. The younger players are the ones I'm concerned about."
What do you need to do to prevent inconsistent starts like tonight from turning into tough games?
"The biggest thing for us is to keep playing good defense. We had some breakdowns early in the season, but some of those were due to injuries and other reasons. Otherwise, our defense has been solid. As long as we stay aggressive and keep people in the 50s, we'll be fine."
Junior guard Kimberly Beck
Did being ranked No. 8 make you nervous at the start of the game?
"I don't think so. We're trying not to let it go to our heads. We're not really worried about the polls."
Tonight you had a season-high nine three-pointers. What made that possible?
"With Jessica and Jazmine [Adair] inside, other teams have to respect them. Each of them can get 40 points in a game. So they sat back in that 2-3 zone, and that let us open up the guards. And when they're open, we take them. Kenan [Cole] and Sarah-Jo did a great job knocking down shots."
Junior guard Sarah-Jo Lawrence
How do you stay focused during a stretch where your opponents have losing records?
"That's how great teams can lose--if they underestimate teams they expect to beat. We have to come into every game to play our game. With the teams we're playing now, we can get our bench involved, and that helps us a lot."