Nov. 14, 2007
#14/12 GW 75
GW Coach Joe McKeown
Are you taken aback by Antelia Parrish's immediate impact?
"I'm more impressed than taken aback. I'm impressed with the poise she's playing with. The other night against Virginia--on the road against a quality team--she just makes plays, she comes down and makes two three's. She's fearless. She has tremendous confidence in herself, and it's really irrelevant to her who we're playing. She measures it by her game, rather than the opponent."
Do you feel ready for Rutgers?
"We're still trying to find ourselves. It's still mid-November. Rutgers played for the national championship last year, but they brought almost everybody back. It's a lot of experience on the floor, but hopefully it'll be a great atmosphere."
On Jessica Adair having a career night against Kentucky center Sarah Elliott
"It was a pretty good battle early in the game, then she said `give me the ball, I'm ready to go to work.' We know she has that in her. She thrives on better competition. Tonight, she showed what she's capable of....If she can bring that effort every night, she has the chance to dominate a lot of the games she plays in."
Are you concerned that your bench has been outscored in the last two games?
"That stat is a little bit deceiving [for several reasons], but we do have to get better production off our bench. We need to get healthy, that's the big thing."
Any concerns about your defense?
"I was disappointed in the way we broke down defense in the first half. We left shooters open, and got confused, which is not us. But we had some crazy line-ups too. We had different people playing, and Kentucky exposed that. In the second half, we did better."
Junior forward/guard Antelia Parrish
"I think I've adapted pretty well. I came from a community college, not right out of high school. So I'm used to playing at a high level like this....I sat out a year and have been working very hard, so I'm not surprised at all [about being able to adapt to the team]."
Did you have more success down low or on the perimeter.
"In the first half, I was better down low, getting a couple of rebounds and put-backs. I just took advantage of whatever they gave me. Sometimes, the big girls would switch out on me, so I had the opportunity to take it to the basket or just pull up. I pretty much just took what the defense gave me.
Junior center Jessica Adair
On controlling Sarah Elliott
"Her height was the biggest thing for me. It took a while to get used to it, but eventually I got in the grove and started playing well."