Women's Basketball Post Game Quotes



Dec. 6, 2012

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Head Coach Robin Pingeton

On the team's overall performance against Missouri State...
"Missouri State is good; they've got some very talented program players. They've got a lot of players who have been in the program and won a lot of games over the last several years. I thought they came out of the gates and played really aggressive; strong, mentally and physically. We had to up the ante a little bit, but I thought our girls did. I liked the poise that we played with in the second half, the confidence we played with. I just thought overall it was a great team win."

On the players' team roles and working together...
"Even Sydney's role is completely different this year than it was a year ago. There's just an adjustment - getting used to your role, getting used to your new teammates, and we have a lot of them. But this is a group that's very committed. Love `em to death, love to coach them. I'm proud of them. I'm proud of the growth I've seen in them. I think they're going to continue to work hard and I think you'll see a completely different team two weeks from now because they're just that committed and that driven."

On switching to zone defense in the second half...
"We just felt that they were too comfortable offensively. Anytime you switch up defenses it makes you clank a little bit, and as soon as they would adjust to that we would've gotten out of it. But first few minutes, I really liked what I saw. I thought our kids felt pretty comfortable with it. I felt like the pace of the game in the first half may have worn a little bit on Mo-State. Part of it was that and part of it was that our girls did a better job of having that sense of urgency to get back on their transition defense."

On the team's ability to knock down 3s...
"You know, we work hard on that in practice but those are also the kind of kids that we recruit. We want kids that are fundamentally sound, that have a high basketball I.Q., and can knock down shots. We've certainly got a lot of kids that can do that. But that fits our style of play, so we spend quite a bit of time on that."



On how important the win against Mo-State was...
"When you're able to beat an in-state school like Missouri State - they've got a heck of a basketball tradition there. Although they graduated some key players from a year ago, again they've got some great program players who have been part of a winning program for a long time. I think they've got a good ball club and I think they'll win a lot of games. You look at their RPI, their strength of schedule, where they're at right now, they're doing things the right way. So I think it's huge for a lot of reasons. It was a fun game; there were a lot of players on both teams who knew each other from high school or AAU. I think it was fun for our fans, and it's always more fun when you come out on top."

Mizzou Guard Sydney Crafton

On Liz Smith's performance...
"I think it's awesome. She has definitely earned it. She comes into practice, going to work. Coach Pingeton is on her, but she is always there doing her best every day. So I think it's great that she could reward herself today."

On the second half post play...

"It was something that fell into place, because the first half we were hitting. So coming out in the second half, if we were hot from 3, any team is going to guard the 3, so Liz is open - our post is open. So it is just something where you work with what you are given."

Mizzou Forward Liz Smith

On her performance...
"My pick and roll, I've been working on it. I have been trying to not slip as much on offense but I think the guards did a great job of seeing me and getting the ball to me. Just a combination of both guards working with me."

On her early season play...
"The first couple of games, I was feeling a little frustrated. Overall now it is just a process every day. I can go out there one game and play 10 minutes but I have to go out there with the mindset that this is a team sport, we are playing for Mizzou. Having that kind of mentality is helping me a lot." ____________________________________________________________________________________

Missouri State Head Coach Nyla Milleson:

On the 91-77 loss to Mizzou tonight...
"We're just very disappointed in our defensive effort tonight. We knew we were facing a very good basketball team but our defensive effort was unacceptable. As poor as some of our offensive numbers were, we still scored 77 points and we have to get better there. But we still need to make some changes with defense and it will start in practice."

On how the team shot well in the first half but dropped off in the second half...
"We are not coming out of the locker room in the second half very well and we are going to have to find some answers there. This is several games in a row we have not done that and I thought we got some good shots and they just didn't fall. But you can't allow that to affect the other end. That's a little bit where our inexperience is still showing and it is up to us as a staff to find some answers there as we come out of the locker room."

On if Mizzou did anything differently against the Bears in the second half defensively...
"I thought we still got pretty good shots. They probably ran a little bit more zone than they did in the first half, but I still thought we were getting pretty good shots. We weren't battling on the boards the way we are capable of and that's one of our strengths. It really wasn't until late when we got to the free throw line and the free throw line is definitely one of our areas that we get to a lot. And when we did get there we shot poorly. Again, 77 points should be enough to be in a ball game and we are going to put all the blame on the defensive end tonight. And it starts with communication and doing your job individually to make this team better and we just didn't do it."

Missouri State Guard Kenzie Williams:

On what happened to the team in the second half...
"Like coach said, our defense just needs to be better. We've gotten away with it a couple times in the last couple games, but with these bigger, stronger teams, we can't let them get them get those runs because they stay up. We just have to be better. We were excited coming in. Mizzou Arena is kind of a tough place to play, but at the same time, there were some things we could have done better."

Missouri State Guard Hannah Wilkerson:

On what she thinks the team needs to change defensively to win games...
"I think when we're getting down when they got on that run we can't look at each other. We have got to dig down and play defense like we know how. The first half they were nailing 3s on us and you know I think partially we were like `We need to guard the 3 point line' and we were kind of giving up some easy buckets underneath. Second we just weren't playing the defense we know how to play"

On if Mizzou hitting so many of its 3-point shots changed the Bears' game plan defensively...
"We knew coming in that they were going to shoot and we just tried to lock down on that, but we had to do everything"

On the rivalry withMizzou and what it meant to play the Tigers...
"We were definitely excited coming in. We just had to play better defense. We wanted to come out with a win but they (Mizzou) played good tonight. We just got to get better"

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