Wisconsin at Indiana Postgame Quotes
Jan. 15, 2009
Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
"What a game, a game like that just reveals character and I think that the people who came out today, over a thousand people, came out to see the character that we exemplify. Our kids played unbelievably tough and at the beginning we had Amber (Jackson) nursing her knee for a little bit, something happened to her knee and we had to make a change. Lindsay Enterline stepped up, Whitney Thomas stepped up and we just ran the show. We always play for 13, no matter who is out, who is in, we play for 13. And today is another example of two team's togetherness.
"We had to figure out Wisconsin (after the first half). This is one of the best defensive teams in the country. The Big Ten is the real deal. Wisconsin certainly wasn't trying to give it to us - we had to find a way, to will a way to take it. And we still played the same, we just decided that we had to take it a little bit harder at them and let the chips fall where they may. I thought Jori (Davis) did a great job attacking the basket and if you play Whitney Thomas one on one you're kind of in trouble."
On the team's free throw shooting:
" I thought that we could have done a better job on that free throw line and the thing about it is that we need to get to the line. The more you can get to the line the more you can figure out what you're doing right or wrong and if shooting the ball 32 times on the free throw line is what it took for us to make 24, then so be it. And certainly what we want is to get 31 or 32 out of those 32 but at the end of the day, let's get to the line."
On the team's overall performance:
"I just love this team. I love the will of this team; you just don't know who is going to show up. You know somebody is going to show up, and most of the time most of us show up. The last game was (Andrea) McGuirt- we called her number and she had to just show up we needed that 3 to go down and everyone else was struggling. And you know seven minutes before the game a freshman - Lindsay Enterline - was told that she needed to show up. She's a bright kid, she knows everyone's position, she knows the floor and she stayed after to shoot and get herself ready so we knew she was ready. Again the Hoosier nation needs to recognize Indiana Women's Basketball because we are making a statement on what Indiana University stands for, and I think it stands for character."
On Monday's matchup at home with rival Purdue:
"I just hope the Hoosier Nation can come out and really see a great basketball game. Purdue is playing great basketball right now, and so are we, and two great in-state rival teams playing, I just think that you know - shut the TV off, turn off the heat in your house and just come get warmed up by this atmosphere cause this is what it is all about. This is the reason that these kids chose to stay in-state, so they can really play this game here. We're going to enjoy this game that we just won, but I think it's important for all fans, the Purdue fans, the Indiana fans, to just show up for this one game. If you don't show up or come anymore, that's alright - I think that this is just a game that we should all come out and celebrate because it's been a long time since both of these teams were pretty darn good."
Junior Guard Jamie Braun
On what Coach Jack said at halftime:
"Well at halftime coach Jack got on all of us just to attack the basket, so I attacked the basket. On her shot that went above the backboard and in the basket in the second half:
"I don't think I was expecting that to go in. I mean I was aiming for the backboard and the rim so I think I just got a little lucky on that one though."
Senior forward Whitney Thomas:
"Definitely. It's the Big Ten and every game is going to be close at any given time and it's going to help us in the long run knowing how to pull away, especially if we're down and we have to come back. It allows us to get focused and really push for that win.
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