Nov. 14, 2013
HEAD COACH Robin Pingeton
"Obviously a nice win for our team, I think the thing that impresseD me most was just how unselfishly our team played tonight on the offensive end. We passed up some good shots for some great shots and forced a lot of shots and I think that is a huge compliment to these ladies on how unselfishly they played. Obviously we still have room to improve in quite a few areas, I thought defensively we were a little bit better tonight than we had been as of late. It felt like we had a little bit more of a sense of urgency, we still have to do a better job taking care of the ball with our decision making. Certainly not going to play a flawless game, but (we) had too many controllable turnovers; we just got loose with the ball. Definitely a lot of positives to build off of and we will continue to go back to work tomorrow."
On the team's shooting...
"The last couple games we have not shot it very well, I did not want to make excuses for our team and I won't. We need to play with better toughness and finish the shots that we missed in those first couple of games. But, to be honest with you, it was very uncharacteristic; we hadn't seen that in our practices leading up to those games. So tonight I feel like we were finally able to knock down those shots. To piggyback off what Bri said, these girls do get in the gym a lot outside of practice and not just get their shots in but they make shots out side of practice. I think that keeps your confidence level up and tonight they fell for us. Nights when were on our shots, inside and outside, it's a lot of fun for them".
On freshman Sierra Michaelis' performance tonight
"Good for Sierra because it is such a hard adjustment coming from high school where you are the player for four years and then you get to college and that learning curve and the pace of the game. You come in pretty confident and then you get here and get matched up with players that have already experienced this before, the guys on the scout team and your confidence takes a knock and it's really hard to hang in their and stay a course. We have been trying to be in her ear as much as possible, really challenge her to get in the gym outside of practice, to not waiver on the mentality that she has to have night in and night out. It was really, really exciting to see her have the type of game that she played tonight."
MIZZOU PLAYER QUOTES
Freshman forward Jordan Frericks
On mindset of physical play leading to more free throw attempts...
"Through the week I kind of went through that. Through the first couple of games I realized it was going to be tough to go against big players. I think through the practices I've developed the mentality of going up stronger and harder so we can get to the free throw line." On her level of confidence three games into the season...
"It was definitely a struggle at the beginning to go out there and have confidence in myself. I had confidence in my team and they were always there to pick me up. I think this week was really good for me. I went [forward] after my last game when I kind of struggled. Just getting that confidence back and getting stronger with my teammates really helped me out; and the coaches really helped me out, too."
Senior forward Bri Kulas
On offensive leadership role leading to more shots and aggressive play...
"I didn't really think about how many points I had this game. I had the mindset that I was going to attack the basket. I was open, so I just kept attacking. When I was able to shoot a three, I was confident in my shot and knocked it down." On how making a lot of three-pointers can influence the rest of the offense...
"I think it's great - it gives our players confidence to keep shooting. I know we get in the gym a lot outside of practice and make shots; it's just confidence."
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