Dec. 30, 2009
New Mexico Postgame Quotes
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
New Mexico vs. Texas A&M
New Mexico Head Coach Don Flanagan
On playing nationally ranked Texas A&M
We couldn't contain them inside. We had trouble with them if we ran a man-to-man defense. When we went to the zone they really attacked the interior and did an excellent job. Their shooting percentage was very high and that was the difference in the game. It certainly wasn't a 13 or 14 point game, it was close throughout, but their inside play and their inside players were very physical. We had a difficult time matching up with them. I thought we played a very good first half, with them having depth, good outside shooting, and a pretty good inside game. It's difficult to defend.
New Mexico Senior Guard Amy Beggin
On what made the difference in tonight's game
I think they just executed their zone offense better in the second half. They really got the ball down low and we weren't doing a good job of stopping it. They shot the ball a lot better than we did, and I think they just knocked down a couple more shots. I was happy about how we came back and were only down by a few points. So we're happy with the effort, but we're still disappointed that we lost.
Texas A&M Head Coach Gary Blair
On the play of Tanisha Smith and Danielle Adams
Normally we don't play [Adams] that much inside, but we felt like we could exploit her tonight. We had to get the inside baskets. Our legs were leaving us and we were dead tired out there. I think it was just a hard basketball game to play. My two little guards were tired, but Adams and Smith just took over the second half. Smith was not too good in the first half, but had better shot selection after halftime. We sort of rigged up a different zone offense at halftime where we flashed her from the low to the middle, and she got some dump-off baskets. Adams was finishing. A kid that size does not always get the calls that you want. She's got to learn to finish strong, because she's going to get shoved around in the Big 12.
On the atmosphere of The Pit
I'm proud of our team, because they didn't realize how hard it is to win in this place. I've said all along, this is the hardest place in America to win. The crowd is very knowledgeable, they're in the ballgame. They get on their own team when they're not playing well. I've never seen a crowd around that gets on their own team as much as this crowd, but their expectations are high. When you get it going, it's the best place in America to play.