Feb. 28, 2013
Head Coach Robin Pingeton
"Obviously, a big win for us. The last couple weeks have been tough and challenging for us. It is not easy. I am just really proud of our entire team. I think when you go through challenging times like that they are part of the process when building a program. It is easy to waver. This is a group of young ladies that hasn't wavered. I am very proud of the resiliency I see in them during practice, the work ethic, the focus, and the attention to detail. Never have they given up on themselves or each other. They have never become deflated. They have stayed the course and I am really proud of them. I am happy for our seniors. I thought everyone stepped up and I thought it was a great win for us."
On getting more points in the paint than past games...
"We talked about dominating the power zone on both end of the court. We felt like this was one of the most aggressive defensive teams that we were going to play all year long. We didn't get to practice on Tuesday because of the weather. On Wednesday, we had the scout team come. We worked on some one-pass-away and getting open. This was a team that we thought gave minimal help and didn't switch on many screens. We had to have great toughness. We had to protect our space. We have to be able to drive it to the basket and get a shot opportunity."
On senior night...
"I am not a fan of senior night. I would just rather skip them. Part of that, it is that I am an emotional person. I think I coach with a lot of emotion. It is hard. You build special relationships with your players. I have been on both ends of senior night. I said we should have senior night like the second to last game at home of the season. The last one just makes it really tough. If you can really challenge your players, I know there is a lot of emotion with our team and with our seniors and we had to channel it and come out with the fires. You always want to send your seniors off with a win. We are not ready to talk about the end yet. We are looking forward to the other opportunities." _________________________________________________________________________________ Missouri Player Quotes
Senior Guard Sydney Crafton
On tonight's 65-58 win over 14th ranked South Carolina...
"It was a big win. For us, it wasn't about beating them, it was about playing our best. We've had spurts of it here and there so we just wanted to come out and play our best basketball with no regrets."
On the added emotion of senior night...
"What more could you ask for? We won, we won on senior night. It was just a great night. I'm really proud of this team."
Junior Forward Bri Kulas
On the importance of winning the battle on the low-block....
"One thing we really talked about a lot this week was protecting the power zone. We did that tonight. We knew they were going to come out aggressive, and they played man-to-man, so we just had to attack. I was looking to do the same thing, attack, be tough and get to the basket." ____________________________________________________________________________
South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley
On Missouri's offense...
"I think they're a very skilled basketball team. We had to control the amount of threes that they make and I thought we did a fairly good job except one or two times where they got loose for threes. They're skilled enough, good passing team. We didn't come to play today and we got beat."
On what went wrong...
"I thought Missouri wanted to get the basketball game won. That's really uncharacteristic of our basketball team that we got outhustled and outplayed and we put pride on the line. They wanted to win more."
On Missouri's layups...
"When you protect the three-point line, you do open yourself up to layups and that's what we did, but I thought we weren't as disciplined defensively as we had been pretty much all year long."
On Bri Kulas...
"The will to win is incredible. Whoever we put on her, she pretty much took advantage of us. Driving the ball, putting her head down, and going and she got plenty of offensive rebounds which were extra possessions for them. She just wanted the game. Obviously we didn't and it's unfortunate."
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