Oct. 29, 2013
Missouri Head Coach Robin Pingeton
On Missouri's defensive adjustments...
"We were in man the whole time. We applied some pressure in the full court with our 2-2-1. I didn't feel like our transition defense was where it needed to be, I felt like we took some chances and we left ourselves in a position with some, 3-on-2 situations or 3-on-1 situations. I didn't like where our rotations were at defensively. We've spent some time on it but not quality time in practice. I think it'll be good when we have a chance to breakdown those rotations on film with our players and see where we need to make those adjustments."
On Missouri's defense affecting SBU's shooting percentage...
"I'll be honest with you, I don't think our defense was very good. I was not pleased with our defense tonight and I think that's an area we have got to get better at. Early on I felt like they got some long rebounds, we didn't widen out defensively...transition defense, rotations, just all areas that we've got to straighten out and get better but that's exactly what exhibition games are all about."
On freshman Jordan Frericks' second half performance...
"I thought she played with pretty good poise. I thought she handled pressure well and I definitely think as the game went on she got more and more comfortable and I think, you know, we'll probably see that as we go throughout the season. "
On the performance of Missouri's freshman class...
"I think certainly Kayla and Jordan did some really good things for us. You know, obviously [there are] some areas that they need to get better at too. I think with with Sierra [Michaelis] the biggest challenge for her is learning the physicality, the pace of the game; we need to work on some things defensively with her, with the rotations. But that's a kid that's going to go through some challenging times early on because of the adjustment from where she came from to where she's at now; that's a kid that I really believe is going to have a tremendous career for us. Now, when that light comes on, I don't know when that's going to happen, if it's going to be next week, a month from now or two months from now. I don't know when it's going to happen, but I believe when it does happen, she's going to be able to be a huge asset to our program. I think that freshman class, there's a lot of talent there and it's going to be fun to watch them grow and continue to get better."
"I think our team is in a different position than it was three years ago, so Morgan Eye got a chance to come in and really get quality minutes and was force fed a little bit, where we're fortunately not in that same kind of situation right now. But we wanted to try and get [Michaelis] minutes out there tonight, and I thought Morgan Eye was a tremendous player coming out of high school and I think Sierra Michaelis is too. I mean, nobody has seen what she's capable of doing yet, both in that black and gold scrimmage and in this first exhibition, but we'll keep plugging away at it. It's important to her, she's going to work hard and she's definitely got the tools. We just need to continue to work hard and stay the course and when it clicks for her, again, I think she's going to be a really special player for us."
On getting production from Missouri's freshman class early on in the season...
"I think it gives us added depth. It gives our players a sense of urgency because we do have that added depth. We've got some very good versatility; kids that can rebound, obviously run the court very well. We've just got to continue to help them develop their basketball IQ in regards to our motion offense and our system but every day we roll up our sleeves and go to work and that will continue to get better as well."
On what was impressive about freshman G/F Jordan Frericks...
"A little bit of everything. She's able to run the court, she's pretty crafty around the basket, I just think defensively with her range, her ability to go get rebounds. I just think all around she's going to be a very solid player for us."
On if she was nervous starting her first game... "No, not exactly. I was nervous and excited all at the same time, but I mean it was fun to go out there and have a game and get the nerves out."
Did the team leaders have a chance to talk you through the first game... "Yeah, as a team we kind of all just talked about going out there and having fun. We just wanted to get the nerves out. This is a game to get better and that's what we did. We obviously went out there and had some fun."
Did the nerves calm down after halftime... "Definitely. I thought just getting out there was nerve-wracking. My head was kind of spinning, but then in the second half, I was able to take a deep breath in the locker room and my teammates calmed me down a little bit, so it was definitely a change."
On the freshmen (Jordan and Kayla) making an impact inside... "I think both did a great job posting up, being strong and looking to get to the basket and looking to attack. I know they were nervous, so they might not have wanted to take it to the basket (early on), but I think they did a good job doing it."
On how the team played defensively... "Oh I think we did it pretty well actually. It's something that we are going to keep improving on each day and getting better. It's part of a process and we will definitely improve each day on that."
If the early turnovers were a concern...
"Yeah I guess a little bit. We have to take care of the ball and we have to do a much better job of that. So yeah, I guess it's just taking what the defense gives us. More poise, not trying to do much."
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