Lisa Bluder Press Conference Transcript
Feb. 5, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa head women's basketball coach Lisa Bluder spoke to the media about upcoming games against Minnesota and Nebraska on Tuesday inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
We didn't go there last year. So some of our players haven't had the opportunity to play in Williams Arena, which is kind of a different arena. It's got a different feeling to it.
But we've had some success up there in the past in this rivalry. Obviously I think that will give our kids a little bit of confidence.
Minnesota comes into the game after a pretty good loss at Nebraska. I do think their record is deceiving. They're 3 6 in conference, but they've played what I've considered the hard part of the conference schedule, playing Penn State, playing Nebraska twice, playing at Purdue. Those are the toughest places to play in the conference and they've done all those already.
Even though they're 3 6, this is a team obviously that something's got to give. Both teams are coming in off of losses and both teams really, really need this win. It's going to be a battle I'm sure.
Rachel Banham, extremely good player, all Big Ten caliber player. We have to keep an eye on her. Their center does a really nice job. Kind of an undersized post, really strong. Seals really well, does a great job of calling for the ball, being nice and wide, a good target inside. Then they've got a lot of good players after that. Nobody that's off the charts as far as point production or something that they do special, but just all good players that come in and can fill their role.
But those two players are definitely the keys.
Q. Do you think some of these players going back to their home state, is a boost this team might need right now?
Q. How difficult was it to leave the Northwestern game behind?
Yesterday we spent a lot of time with players watching film, making sure we learned from our mistakes in that game. But today we'll wrap that up at the beginning of practice and then it's time to move on.
We can't dwell on it. If you dwell on it, it's going to snowball into another one. That was one, again, like I said afterwards, it feels like it slipped through our fingers. It's one that's unfortunate, the ones that hurt the most.
But you got to get over it. In athletics, you got to learn how to bounce back, otherwise you're done. I mean, if you don't bounce back, you're done. I think we will make a good point of that with our team today, is that, yes, it stinks, but let's get over it, move on to the next one, get ready to go up there and play a great game against Minnesota.
Q. The good news is very seldom do you face two game losing streaks. Do you do anything different now or what's the plan to kind of snap out of that funk a little bit?
I continue to believe that a lot of shooting woes are confidence woes. It's between the ears and you have to get that solved. I think we need to really work on building our players' confidence back up. They need to get in the gym extra, and they were yesterday, and earn that confidence back by being in the gym.
Again, we're not going to change anything big that we do in the game. But definitely we have to change the way we're thinking about going into a game.
Q. How big is this game in terms of when you look at what is coming afterwards?
It would be really nice to get a win at Minnesota so that we feel good going into next week, definitely.
Q. When is the last time you played a Monday night game?
It does alter the way you do things. We're doing it for TV to get games on television, the same amount of games we've had before, but we've moved them to Monday night instead of Sunday. I think that is unfortunate for your home crowd because Sunday games are so much better than Monday games. But our marketing department has done a great job of doing a lot of promotions as far as kids are free and Dollar Night. Thursday night with Penn State, Midwest One Bank has purchased 2500 tickets to give away for the Go Red for Women game and kids are free. Those are some really good promotions that our marketing department has done to try to help that situation.
As far as the practice, I would rather have two days to prepare for every opponent.
Q. Three days for Nebraska then?
I feel like Friday's got to be a day off or a partial day off, maybe just shooting, not going up and down the floor, having the mental taxation of having to prepare for a scout, concentrating on things like that.
It does really alter your schedule.
Q. As far as Nebraska is concerned, what have they given in their short time here?
For us, it's kind of closer to home so it's kind of a nice rivalry. I think fans get excited about that. I think it's been a good addition to our conference.
Q. What did they do to give you trouble last year?
Kind of anxious to see it but I'm going to wait till after the Minnesota game to start looking at it.