Dec. 18, 2007
Loyola Marymount 46
No. 22 GW 85
GW Coach Joe McKeown
"Loyola Marymount's a much better team than they played today...They've beaten Nevada-Las Vegas, a team we lost to. They played toe-to-toe against Cal-Berkeley, a Top 15 team. We just played really well today. I saw some things starting to click."
"Having Whitney [Allen] and Antelia [Parrish] makes a big difference for our team. The time they were out gave some of our other players some experience. But Antelia gives you instant offense, and Whitney has that presence on defense."
On Kimberly Beck being one assist short of the school's career record.
"She's got a lot of games left, so I'm sure that record's in jeopardy. But she's so unselfish, she doesn't get caught up in those kinds of things. She's had a great career, and I'm really proud of her."
How do you assess Whitney and Antelia's performance coming off of their injuries?
"Last Saturday at Villanova, Whitney showed a bit of rust, but a lot of energy. She's probably our most conditioned athlete, so I don't think she's out of shape at all. That part of her game is fine. It's a matter of getting on the floor and playing, and running the offense, and getting involved in physical play. In Antelia's case, it's a matter of getting in full running shape. But she's a gamer, the kind of player that if she had her way, she'd be in the game anyway."
What can you take from last year's Texas A&M game going into Thursday?
"It was probably our best defensive effort of the year, and against a team that was the Big 12 champion. We did everything we wanted to do defensively, and we'll have to do the same thing Thursday. They have a lot of fire-power, size, and quickness. The biggest thing for us is handling their pressure, running our offense, and play the game the way we want to play it."
Is this an opportunity to make up for the Rutgers loss and have a big win against a top opponent?
"To use the golf term, it gives us a mulligan after the Rutgers game. We need to take advantage of having a game like this at home. We have another big game on the road against Auburn in January, and Texas A&M beat Auburn the other night by two. Those two games will give us a chance to see if we can compete at a legitimately high level. And no matter what happens, those two games help prepare us for our conference."
Senior guard Kimberly Beck
Are you thinking about the assists record?
"No, I don't worry about that. We're just trying to win games. Records like that are just an afterthought. But I think I ought to be able to get that one assist."
What sparked your scoring run in the second half?
"I just took a little more time on my shots. And with Jessica and Jazmine getting inside, LMU helped off, so I was wide open and knocked them down."
Is there a different mental attitude going into Texas A&M?
"We're approaching it like any other game. We know it's going to be big and we're going to play like it is."
Does it help the team to have Antelia back?
"Before she got hurt, she was one of our leading scorers. So with her out, it put the load on the rest of us. Antelia opens a lot of things up, and Whitney also. I think we're a lot more comfortable than we were.
Junior center Jessica Adair
On the overall performance today
"It felt good to be out there. We had 10 days off, so we were ready for tonight. We knew what we had to do, and we executed."
How does this game prepare you for Texas A&M?
"After the Rutgers loss, we just want to be better. We want to come out and execute the way we're supposed to. Tonight, we did that very well. We've had to work on what we needed to do to be a better team, and I think we've done that."