Nov. 29, 2008
Head Coach Don Flanagan
"That's why you play two halves. In the first half weren't moving and I saw a lot of standing around. When we did move we were bumping into one another. I don't know what offense we were running - I didn't recognize it. It's not something we really worked on. If it was I wouldn't be very proud of it. We didn't shoot well tonight in the first half. We were 4-20 and a lot of it had to with their (the Cornhuskers) pressure. They are good defenders - they're physical defenders and a lot of our problems had to do with what they were doing pressure-wise.
"The second half we tried to spread the floor a little bit. We call it a `T' game. It's not a perfect offense, obviously, but it served its purpose today. What I wanted was more spacing and more movement. Once we got spacing they couldn't help as much. Amy had a good second half and several other players had a good second half as well. It opened up driving lanes and opened up opportunities.
"After I saw they were having problems with the zone (defense) in the first half, we pretty much went zone the whole way the second half. That's not my favorite defense, but tonight it was my favorite defense."
On beating an opponent the caliber of Nebraska
"I'm very proud of what we did tonight. We had a bad half and we came back with a relaxed, smart, effective second half. We executed our offense and we executed our defense very effectively to close out the game.
"To play teams like this - that's a good team obviously. They've been to the NCAA tournament for the past two years and they have 12 players back from last year.
Junior Amy Beggin:
On lack of scoring in the first half:
"We kept battling. We were down, but we stuck with each other and battled to the end. We just calmed down a lot (in the second half) and knew we could play with them and compete with them. Then we just came out and hit our first couple of shots, which relaxed us all, then we came out and kept getting stops defensively."
On playing the zone:
"The second half we were playing it really well. We were rotating well. It was kind of like everything was clicking. We have been working really hard on it and breaking it down on practice. It all came together for us tonight."
On free throws:
"I think it is just a matter of confidence. We practice them every day. We shoot at least 30 every day at practice so it is just stepping up to the line and hitting them."
On Nebraska's sense of frustration in the second half:
"They were running up and down the shot clock a lot and you could just tell by their faces. We just had to keep getting stops knowing that they were going to come back and I think that was what was about winning the game for us tonight was defense. To hold them to 51 points is pretty good. They are averaging about 70,s o it was a good overall defensive effort."
On team character:
"I think it is awesome. We never give up on each other. We go so hard in practice all the time and it helps us compete in games. We have faced a lot of adversity this year with some players going down or leaving. We just stick together as a team and know that we are going to fight for 40 minutes."
Senior Amanda Adamson:
"First half our offense just didn't feel like it was flowing. We weren't taking our best shots and we weren't finishing. We were fortunate with the little run we had toward the end of the first half that helped us. We really turned it on for the second half. This will definitely help us because we are going to play some really fast teams in the future."
On playing in the zone:
"I think it is really nice because they are such a driving team. They have drivers and when you are playing in the zone, even if they beat your outside players, you have your zone behind you to help you out. It is really efficient and I feel it is a good fit for our team. We run it well."