Dec. 18, 2012
Mizzou Head Coach Robin Pingeton
"Certainly not one of our better games tonight. Just didn't feel like we came out with the focus and the energy we needed too. I was proud of the way our girls responded after halftime and I thought we played much better basketball; maybe not as much as we were capable but much improved from the first half."
On Bri Kulas' performance as of late...
"I can't speak for Bri, but I think a lot of that is every game, you get more comfortable with the system and with the style of play. It takes time to understand how to read your teammates and have your teammates read you, to put each other in positions to be successful and I think with every passing game. That experience on the court has really helped."
On the slow start ...
"I think there are a couple of a things. I will never, ever be a coach that makes excuses. I just don't believe in excuses. I have high expectations, high standards for this team and the way we approach practice and the way we approach our games. I do think there is a little bit of a factor in regards to being young, Christmas break and we have a lot of time on our hands and we have to learn to balance that out. It's just different when you have so much time so you think it is easier, but there is a lot of dead time there and we have to manage it. Yesterday was a pretty deep day for us. We had a lot of time together as a team, where we discussed a lot of things. There is a lot of - it was deep and all positive. I think there a couple of things that contribute to that. Still, found a way to play a heck of a second half. We talked about this in the locker room right after the game. We have to make sure mentally we don't go on Christmas Break before Christmas Break gets here. This is a group - I believe in this group, they understand what we want to get done this year. We had a bit of a hiccup tonight and we found a way to come out in the second half. No doubt in my mind we will take the court Thursday with much more energy and focus on Thursday night."
Senior Sydney Crafton
On Mizzou's early struggles inside the 3-point line...
"I think we just weren't as focused as we could have been. A lot of our shots were rushed and off of one foot. We just need to come in stride-step, focused and knock down our shots."
On the teams second half performance
"We just regrouped and told ourselves at halftime to come out in the second half and play like we know how to play."
On the importance of getting easy buckets...
"We always look for easy shots and we work so hard on our transition game so when we come out on the break and get a couple of points early - that's great for us. Plus, it opens our shooters on the outside."
Junior Bri Kulas
On what makes her effective offensively...
"I just try to go out there and make as many shots as possible."
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