Nov. 4, 2008
Head Coach Don Flanagan
Thoughts on the game:
"I thought it was less than impressive. I thought we could do a lot better than that. We played a little nervous, missed a lot of easy shots. With an unorthodox offense, it's kind of difficult to defend because they played so far away from the basket you had a hard time getting help side but at the same time I didn't think we performed particularly well. Playing a lot of players like that, 13 players, trying to keep everybody's minutes up is difficult. Then you end up sometimes subbing out a combination that could start to get hot. But at the same time you got to do it because it's an exhibition game, you want to see how everybody does, see how everybody plays."
On the defensive play:
"I thought our transition defense was poor the first half, got better the second half. Half court defense was fair throughout the night. Offense, we missed way too many easy shots, layups and the threes weren't that bad but I thought we could shoot the threes even better than that. We had open threes, just didn't hit them. Wasn't great, but we win by 40 or something like that so you got to understand that they weren't the best competition in the world but we didn't play poor, I thought we played a little below average."
"I was a little surprised at some of our players that I want to put in that mix and play more often, conditioning wise they got a little tired. I think that was nerves. Sometimes they get fatigued just because of the anxiousness before a game and I thought conditioning was good up to now but they seem to be a little bit nervous for the first exhibition but I think that's normal. I don't think you play your best game at this time of the season. I think we have a ways to go but I saw some bright spots. I saw some things that I liked, some things I didn't like and we need to work on."
Junior Amy Beggin
Comment on tonight's game with Melbourne
"I was fun to play against another team and especially a team from Australia. We didn't play as well as we had wanted. We had some moments when we played well but overall we have a lot to work on. It will be fun to get back to practice and see the things we did well and the things we need to work on."
Comment on things to work on
"Our offense was jumbled and we need to work on our spacing. We got beat in transition way to many times and committed to many fouls."
Comment on the defensive performance
"We stress defense and have been nationally ranked. We thought we would have played better tonight. It's our first exhibition game so hopefully we can get back to work tomorrow and fix some things."