Jan. 6, 2010
New Mexico Head Coach Don Flanagan
On tonight's loss to San Diego State:
"The first half was really bad and the second half was worse. That's the worst I've seen any of my teams play in fifteen years. That's not the team I practiced all week long. I don't know where they came from, but it was a poor example of basketball. We have to regroup and conditioning will be a priority. We need to work on a lot of things, but if you shoot 26.8 percent and they shoot 49.0, you'll lose every single time. That's not the team that played down in Arizona. That's not even the team that played the other day against Texas A&M. I don't know what happened to them, and hopefully we'll be better in our next game."
San Diego State Head Coach Beth Burns
On how her team's defense and rebounding helped shut down UNM's shooting:
"Our style is a little bit different than [New Mexico's], but we're about defense. If we get stops, we can get our transition game going. We just did our best. They're difficult to guard, because we're bigger and stronger but aren't as quick 1 through 5. I though Paris Johnson did a great job guarding smaller players all night. She really showed her versatility. We also tried to funnel players into the paint. I've seen just about every game New Mexico has played. They have great aggression, they put the ball on the floor well and they get to the free throw line. We really thought about the different ways we could prevent that from happening."
On notching a road win in The Pit to open up the conference schedule:
"It's wonderful. I've been here [at SDSU] for five years, and I've only opened at home once. It's hard, but I think the difference is that our team is older. New Mexico has a solid program. San Diego State has a good team. We had a good team last year. We don't have a good program yet.
Sustained excellence is what you have and what we want to have. This is the first year that we've recruited every player on our team. It's a process and it takes time."