Feb. 24, 2005
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
February 24, 2005
Coach Joe McKeown
On playing a tough Duquesne team:
"We stepped our defense up in the second half, which in these situations you have to do. That allowed us to get out and run and get some easy baskets. I give Duquesne credit. They rebounded well; it seems like we got stuck down there flat-footed with no bounce. When that happens, we struggle because we're not a very tall team. Our lack of size got exploited a bit, especially in the first half."
On Jessica Simmonds' slow start:
"She got two quick fouls. She was a little tentative and just struggled. In the second half, she got the ball in better spots and used her quickness and ability to go by people and was obviously more effective."
On playing these final regular season games at home:
"That's a big advantage. When we were down by eight or so in the first half, we didn't panic because we feel a sense that we're at home, everything's going to be all right, somebody's going to make a play."
Senior Liz Dancause
On being a leader:
"It's been easier because I'm a senior and we have so many young players. Even if Anna (Montañana), Jess (Simmonds), or I don't want to be a leader, they kind of put us in that position because they look up to us. With this team, it's easy because they're all great girls so it's fun."
On contributing in ways that don't show up in the box score:
On the possibility of a fourth postseason tournament:
"It's kind of the player I've always been. Even in high school, I was never going out trying to score 25 points a game. I think my average was 18 points so to come here and be surrounded by great players like Ugo (Oha), Cathy Joens, and Anna (Montañana) my whole career, it's easy to fall into that situation. It's not a role I'm disappointed with."
"We're excited. It's all or nothing now. These upcoming games could be my last, so I think I'll play a little harder, but I don't think it'll sink in until the end of the A-10 Tournament when I walk off the Smith Center floor and realize it's my last time."