Sue Guevara (Opening Statement)- “We just took them out of their game and that was our game plan. I think you know Bowling Green’s bread and butter is their on ball screen on the wing’s up top. That’s enough to drive you out of your mind. I thought the first time we played them we played very little zone. We played man to man. You need to play smart on how you're defending the on ball screen. What we wanted to do is try to take the bread and butter away from them- make them score a different way. I have to give all the credit in the world to our defense. Our defense was tremendous today. To cause a Bowling Green team to 34 turnovers, and hopefully we get 34 turnovers tomorrow.”
Brandie Baker- (On her offensive performance)- ” Offensively I just try to look for my teammates, but if a shot is open I am going to take it. I am working more on my confidence and I did have a lot of confidence today. Seeing that first shot go in really gives you a lot more confidence to take good shots when open, play aggressive, but still look for my teammates. I know the more I attack, the more of my teammates will be open.”
Crystal Bradford- (On the defensive adjustments today from playing BGSU the last game)- “ We just made sure our defense stayed intense and to stay active. With our traps, sometimes it doesn’t work so we had to make sure to run out of the traps. We did that and not allowing many three point shots because that’s how we lost the last time.”
Coach Sue Guevara- (On how CMU changed their mindset towards the time playing at BGSU earlier in the season)- “When we played at Bowling Green the score was 34-30 at halftime. They then proceeded to put put up 50 points on us in the second half. We just could not buy a basket. We were really frustrated. Give Bowling Green credit. When they get going, they get going. Today, if you go into the game with a different game plan than the first time its a different result. I’m not the brightest person in the world, but I do know to take away their bread and butter. We had to zone them and pick and choose when to trap. Even the couple possessions where we did go man to man we were jam switching. We knew who we were going to trap, but to just keep BGSU guessing on what they were going to do. Offensively, I just thought the first time we played them, we played a lot of one on one. My tape doesn’t lie, so when we were watching the tape and pointing it out, I gave our team credit. They were listening, figured it out and I knew when we were practicing I knew we were ready because they were locked in as to what they gameplan was going to be. I was very happy to see us execute it. When the game started Kyle was telling me it was 5-5 and then we just took off. We stopped playing man to man and played a 2-3, it worked.”
Coach Jennifer Roos (opening statement) - "Well, it’s pretty obvious today wasn’t our day. I actually told the team in the locker room prior to the game, I felt like if we could rebound the ball well today and keep them off the offensive glass because they can start a big lineup and crash really well from the perimeter and I thought we’d be okay. With that said, we out-rebounded them by 11, but little did I know that the counter intuitive to that point would be turnovers, we had our season high in 34. That’s a team that played us for about 35 minutes man the first time we played them and then played five minutes zone and we shot them out of the zone and forced them back into man. They played us 35 minutes of zone, trapped us repeatedly, across halfcourt, on the sideline and only five minutes of man. Anytime you turn the ball over 34 times and the opponent uses that to their advantage of scoring 40 points, which was half of their point total, it’s not going to favor your team very well. That was probably the biggest key, I thought that we got a little three-ball happy the first half, but honestly, we needed a spark and we looked to continue to shoot it and I thought that could be one way to get back in the game. I was really proud of our kids for not giving up, it was an extremely physical game throughout and we played to the end and everybody had a chance to contribute today...”
Jill Stein (on dealing with the pressure from CMU) - "We just had to attack their pressure. In the first half we got caught off guard, we weren’t really expecting it and it kind of tripped us up a little bit. In the second half, we were kind of just passing back and forth more, taking it up the sideline when we could and attacking the middle to get past the trap."
Alexis Rogers (on adjusting to the traps set by CMU) - "We struggled to get the ball into the middle a lot because anywhere on the sideline we were getting trapped, any corner, baseline, side, there were traps coming from all over the place. They rotate really well so it was hard to skip the ball over half court because they were going to recover."
Coach Jennifer Roos (on physical nature of the game) - "I’m ecstatic with our overall performance throughout the year and I told them in the locker room that of 32 games, this is the only were really we were out of it early on. As much as we tried to claw and get back into it, they had an answer or they were able to force us into another turnover and had several points off turnovers in the first half and second half."