Feb. 29, 2004
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
February 29, 2004
GW Coach Joe McKeown
[Do you feel you won ugly today?]
"That's what happens when you play Temple. It's a defensive war and it's not pretty...You're going to end up in these types of situations."
"Even though we clinched the west a week and a half ago, Temple was the best team all year in the East. It's a big win because they've had such a great year...To beat them today in the last home game for our seniors helped get our confidence back."
[Was this the kind of game you expected?]
"This was a very emotional game, which is what I expected. Temple defensively makes the game look a little bit sloppy, a little bit ugly. It's not going to be fluid, you're not going to see people coming off screens wide open and get a layup. The nature of the game itself becomes one of heart and emotion. With five seniors playing their last game ever here--I had no script for them. "
[on Temple's comeback in the 2nd half after building a10-point lead]
"We didnt' get the shots we wanted in that stretch ...I thought they were getting a little too comfortable offensively, so we switched and tried to do some things differently. We tried to trap them from different places, then Temple used different shooters....When you get somebody down 10, you've got to put the ball in the basket to take away any momentum they think they can grab"
[on preparing for the A10 tournament]
"Number one, we need some rest. We've had three straight road games and today, so it gives us a chance to heal some minor injuries. Then, make sure when you walk on the floor next Saturday, regardless of who you play, anybody else who thinks they're going to cut down the nets has to go through us. You've got to play with that kind of fearlessness and poise. Since we don't know who we're going to play, we need to clean up some of the things we haven't executed real well lately."
G Cathy Joens
[on the need for urgency whn it was 50-50 during her last home game]
"I wasn't really thinking about it being our last home game. I was thinking that we've played so hard and we really need to come out with a win no matter what it takes. I think we did a good job playing together as a team today."
[on the string of sloppy 1st half starts]
"I don't think it's a problem. We're all trying to get accustomed to the game, and figure out how we're going to play against whatever they're going to throw at us. We're a team that will go to what works each time. It looks sloppy, but we're all trying to get better at that. This game--that was how it was like the entire time. It wasn't anything special; it's just how it was today."
[on the team's mood after the Duquesne loss]
"It's always rough when you lose. We didn't play well This win was good because we played more as a team. Everyone contributed, and even on the court we were all excited for each other....At this point in the season, we can use this to motivate us to move forward into the tournament."
[on near the end of her 5-year career at GW]
"I think I'm ready to go. I'm sad because I don't get to play with the same team. This team is amazing...They're a great team on and off the court. I'll miss GW basketball, but five years is a while so I'm ready to move on."
F Anna Montanana
"We needed to win today because we really haven't played lately. I think we really did a good job today even though we didn't do some things right. Today, we kept working constantly. It was pretty good."
[on what the seniors mean to this team]
"Today is a really sad day because those five mean so much to the team. Since I've been here, they've been the main people. They have different personalities, but for me it's been amazing to live with these five people. I have learned a lot. We've had some good times, and some rough times, but it is a really fun team to be around."