Postgame Press Conference Transcript
Nov. 18, 2012
The first half, it was turnovers and second shot opportunities for them. That was the majority of their points. And we can't get big deficits like that and expect to dig ourselves out.
Not thrilled with the way we played in the first half. Obviously the first half too many turnovers, not enough assists, because we're a high assist team.
Q. You had it cut to 12. A couple times you had shots that could have made it. It was hard to play a what-if game. Do you feel you could have stolen momentum there if some of those had fallen?
But, you know, again, North Carolina's a good team. I think their size scared us a little bit. Made it hard for us to pass over them a little bit.
And that was some of our turnovers. But their press, obviously, hurt us in the first half.
Q. In addition to their size, what other problems do they give you with their contested passes, contested inbound plays?
Second half, we did a better job of inbounding the ball and we took care of it a lot better in the second half, where we were able to inbound the ball.
Q. Jaime, you talk about passing against this team. Obviously turnovers were a big problem.
Some of it was their athleticism and most of it, I think, was mental. Like coach said timely turnovers, timely with some passes and just not normally what we should have been doing things.
Q. Did the mistakes in the first half catch up to you?
So we have to be able to just get rid of it and not let it happen.
Q. Morgan, you got up quick, eight of the first 13 team points were by you, and then you went for about a 12-and-a-half-minute stretch where you went scoreless. What kind of adjustments did they make, what kind of challenges did you see during those periods?
So I know generally they do a great job getting the ball. And I know their athletic size got a little bit to us. So they weren't able to look around for those passes. But we'll get better and we'll get them next time.
Q. Samantha, what did they do that caused you problems?
Q. Coach, unique scenario over the WINT provided four nonconference games right off the bat. What did you like? What were you kind of surprised about from your team that's going to help you going forward?
We have LSU, West Virginia, Texas, Florida State on our schedule. We're challenging ourselves. And we want to do that. And the thing we would have liked, we had them at home today, we would have liked to have really taken advantage of that home opportunity because we're not going to get the opportunity to play North Carolina on our home floor again. That's too bad. But it was good for us to be in this WNIT. It's a great experience, and I think it will definitely help us down the line.
Q. Can you talk about the atmosphere?
They stuck with us. They tried. They tried really hard in the second half to try to give us that little home court momentum, and unfortunately we just couldn't get, quite get over that barrier.
Q. Morgan, what can you learn from a game like this early in the season?
Q. Jaime, getting back to your starting lineup for the first time after your injury. Everything feel natural from that point of view?
Q. What did you guys change to do in the second half; you played a lot better, went more smooth?
So changing that mindset of we knew that they were going to be a rebounding team. We didn't really address it as much as we should have. I think we did a better job in the second half of doing that. And just really taking care of the ball. Getting rebounds, not allowing them second shots.
Q. Coach, you have one day to prepare for Robert Morris?
Q. What are you going to do with the short turnaround? What are you going to work on tomorrow?
But we've got to use that one day to more prepare for Robert Morris than obviously get ourselves better, which I would rather dive into that, to be quite honest. With one day to prepare for a game, we have to do that.