Dec. 7, 2010
Coach Flanagan Quotes
This was one of the poorest games I've ever been involved in. We didn't get back on defense, we didn't box out, we didn't deny the outlet, and we allowed them to run faster with the ball than we were running without the ball. We need to go back to square one. You're always concerned when you have a lot of freshmen playing that they'll play like freshmen and that's what they did. A lot of the older players didn't help either, they didn't step up. I do have to mention Jourdan Erskine though, she was playing in pain and I thought she had a good game.
Jasmine Patterson had a good game, she's a freshman, but she put pressure on them and I feel that she was one of the only players out there that was giving them trouble on the offense.
Our offense was slow. Sometimes when you play a lot of games in a row you can make an excuse that they have tired legs, but I don't want to make an excuse. We need to get in better shape, we need to run the floor better, and this was just a poor game to play at home. I'm disappointed.
I thought we were a pretty good defensive team until today. We have to go back and go to work. We have a more successful and higher ranked opponent on Sunday (in Oklahoma) so we have to do a lot in a short period of time."
New Mexico Guard Amanda Best
Best: "It was very frustrating; we didn't play well in any aspect of the game."
Addressing how the team performed the first ten minutes of the game:
Best: "That start kind of paved the way for the rest of the game; we couldn't really get out of that trap. We tried at the midpoint and had a small comeback, but we just couldn't get over the hump."
What do you have to do to prepare for Oklahoma?
Best: "We have to just forget it. We have to learn from what happened, but we also have to focus and get back to playing good basketball. Our defense has been well this year, but tonight was a poor effort so we have to focus on that as well."
Arizona Head Coach Butts
Arizona Head Coach Butts on the overall game
"I think our team responded after a tough loss at Nevada. I think coming on the road to a tough environment like The Pit, the first time here for us as coaches, first time here for us as a team, we responded well. We jumped on them well and did a really good job of pushing the ball."
Butts on playing in the Pit
"I think it was a great environment. It's something that's going to help us down the road."