March 25, 2003
2003 NCAA Women's Basketball First and Second Rounds
Lloyd Noble Center - Norman, Okla.
Host: University of Oklahoma
Head Coach Joe McKeown
On the game:
"I want to congratulate Villanova, they played a terrific game tonight. We came out real strong in the second half and I thought we were going to go on a run. The answered with a bunch of threes and it got away from us. I thought it hurt us having Ugo (Oha) go only 10 minutes in the first half in foul trouble. We have to give them a lot of credit because they executed their game plan. People stepped up for them. (Jennifer) Hilgenberg had 14 points and I think she only averages three and that hurt us. I wish them the best in the next round. I'm proud of my team. I told them not to forget they're champions and they've won 25 games this year. They've had a terrific season. We have two wonderful seniors who will graduate this year and have represented George Washington in three NCAA Tournaments. We're going to walk out of this with our heads high and a lot of pride."
On Ugo Oha:
"She was just getting started and was into the flow of the game when we had to sit her because of foul trouble. We were hanging in there and had the lead. I felt good sitting her the rest of the half. We didn't do a good job of getting her the ball early. I thought at the start of the second half we did a better job of getting her the ball and getting them in foul trouble. We did what we wanted to do and then all of a sudden they started raining shots."
Lindsey Davidson (Senior, Guard)
On defending Villanova:
On Villanova's three point shooting:
"They really spread the floor on us tonight and kept the ball at the half court line. We played in your face defense and pressured the ball the whole game. We tried to full court press. They're a difficult team to defend against. They shot the ball good tonight so you have to give them credit for that."
"It's very difficult. You have hand in their face, I know I tipped one of Juhline's shots and she was still going. You think what more can I do, I'm right in their face. You just have to keep playing. There were so many times when we were right in their face and they would drive past us and we would recover late. They would kick the ball out and it would be another three."
Erica Lawrence (Senior, Forward)
On the first half:
"I think we just got our act together. It's one thing to watch them on film and to play against them is completely different. We just got our act together and played."
Villanova Press Conference Quotes
Head Coach Harry Perretta
On the game:
"I thought that we played pretty well defensively. That's what we had to do and that's what we always have to do to win. I told them we had to make threes and limit their threes. We slowed the pace of the game down in the second half. I told the kids before that to win we need other players to step up. Today Hilgenberg was the offense that we needed."
On going to the Sweet 16:
"I think it's great for the kids first and it's great for the school. I'm amazed at some of the 10 or 11 games we have won. These kids have done a fabulous job all year. They do a great job fighting and trying as hard as they can. They got rewarded again tonight by, for tbhe first time, going to the Sweet 16. I am very proud of them."
On Jennifer Hilgenberg:
"She's one of our most athletic players. She's also one of our best players at taking the ball up on the dribble- that's what she's been going for us on the offense. She's been dribble penetrating and pulling up and making shots. And tonight she's done something she hasn't been doing all year- making perimeter shots. She was a major factor in the Connecticut. She was a major factor in the St. Francis game. And today she was a major factor.
Trish Juhline (Senior, Guard)
On continuing to take three's after missing a few
"Yeah, you just don't think about (missing the shot). You just pretend that the last shot went in and try not to get frustrated."
On going to the Sweet 16 for the first time
"I feel lucky that the season has gone the way it has and we have played so well and had so much fun so we really couldn't ask for anything else in our senior year."
Jennifer Hilgenberg (Sophomore, Guard)
On making two key three-point shots
"Well it surprised me a little because I don't usually make them. I didn't think it was a special night; I just tried to go in help out as much as I could and that's what I did."
Katie Davis (Senior, Guard/Forward)
On getting to go to the Sweet 16 for the first time
"It's really exciting. Going into the season, we never expected anything like this. We're really pumped and looking forward to the next game."