Postgame Quotes - Howard at George Washington
November 22, 2002
Howard Postgame Quotes
Howard Coach Kathy Parson "Before the game, we knew we were outmanned just in terms of size. I thought [Ugo Oha] was phenomenal because she recognized that she didn't have to be stopped at all. And credit her team--they went to her. They gave her the touches she the deserved and where she wanted them. She dropped them in going and coming."
"You're definitely at a disadvantage when your team is half the size of your opponent. I thought that if we could play physical with [Oha], we would have a chance. There was no way we were going to stop her...She's a very mature player and that made the difference. She had her way."
"The first night out, we're not particularly 'ready yet. We're not the team we're going to be in time...In a little time, we're going to look better, but the superior post player had her way tonight."
"When I saw them on tape, I thought we would have the advantage in speed. It's deceptive because when you see them in person, they are so big. We're taking 3 steps, and they're taking one. The tape didn't show how strong they were or how fast they were."
GW Coach Joe McKeown [on surpassing Teresa Grant GW's all-time winningest coach] "Teresa Grant is a good friend of mine; she along with Jim Foster helped me get the job here at GW. They're both mentors to me. It's an honor to be mentioned in the same breath with two great coaches...But what makes it special are the teams and special players. That's how you set records--when you have great players."
[on Ugo Oha]
"Ugo is such a different player from a year ago. She has worked so hard in the weight room. Last year she got knocked down and knocked arond a lot; now, she stays on her feet all the time and bounces back a lot. Give her a lot of credit; she's really worked hard on improving her range and not trying to block every shot, which keeps her out of foul trouble....The stronger she gets, the better she'll be."
[evaluating the win against Howard] "Howard won 20 games last year...I was concerned about their guard play and quickness out there. They're a better team than they played tonight. We did a great job of contesting them and making them take bad shots. When it's all said and done, they're going to have a solid year...It was a good way for us to start the season."
[on the play of the reserves] "I'm not sure we have a committed lineup this year. Marsheik Witherspoon started 20 games last year, and tonight she came off the bench. Liz Dancause was a Nike high school All-American, so we expect a lot from her...Hopefully that depth will help us through a 30-game schedule. Some days, they are better than the starters, but that's a sign of a good team when you have that kind of competition."
[on the upcoming game with Tennessee] "They can shock you back into reality. We had an 8- to 10-point game with about 8 minutes to go last year, and they just ran us out of the gym. When they go to the bench, they bring in five players who'll probably get drafted [by the WNBA]. But it will be fun to play against 20,000 people wearing orange. It's a great atmosphere for our players to play maybe the best team in the country. Hopefully it will harden us and make us a better team."
Ugo Oha "This week in practice, we concentrated on post passing and finding areas to give me the ball. My teammates did an excellent job of finding me in the right position."
"During the summer, I realized that I had to step up, become a leader, and be more vocal. My teammates have responded to me and this fall we're a lot closer. I love to be in the position where I carry the team on my back."
[on her jump shots] "In practice, I've ween working on shooting from around 10 or 15 feet because a lot of teams are going to start double- and triple-teaming me. Coach McKeown has been coaching me to step outside and try jumpers. I'm just glad it went in today."