Women's Basketball

    Indiana vs. Minnesota

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 17, 2008

    Recap |  Final Stats

    Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
    "Today, two good teams matched up. Player for player I thought we looked the same. It was a game about whose heart was going to be the biggest. Indiana decided that our heart was going to be the biggest heart. I'm always proud of these kids for the things that they do off the court, but today we took it a step higher. I'm a little under the weather, and we talked about shepherd and sheep. Usually the head coach is considered the person that watches over the team. I said, `Sometimes you guys are going to have to step and be the shepherd, and I'm going to have to follow you.' Nikki (Smith) had twenty-one points for the first time in a long time, and she had so much fun I think she could've played another ten minutes, but today was a truly team effort. When shepherds became sheep and sheep became shepherds."

    On winning as a team:
    "We don't have a true go to player. The person with the ball is the go to player, and they have to make go to decisions. They're all willing to make those decisions because they make them in practice. I thought Haylie Linn came in and played some tenacious defense, and for her to come in as cold as she was and hit that three late in the game, I thought that was a pivotal moment. This is a team that is willing to do anything and everything for the sake of the team."

    Senior guard Nikki Smith
    On having a big game:
    "Right now, this game was probably the most fun game I've played in a long, long time just because the energy from everyone from the bench to the whole crowd. I was just out there playing free and having fun. I think earlier I was just really tight. What I have to do is I have two months left and I'm going to play with everything I have because you never know when it is going to be your last play."



    Junior forward Amber Jackson
    On the physical play in the paint:
    "Well the post game is very tough and physical, so I expect that every night it is going to be tough. Every team in the Big Ten has strong post players, so down the line I was just trying to work hard, and I know that they are tired too. The game was all about heart. We talked about heart. We all have to keep up our heart and drive and pushing. I just kept posting up as hard as I could and it worked."

    Sophomore guard Jamie Braun
    On hitting big shots down the stretch after a cold start:
    "Coach says to live in the moment, so I just tried to put it past me, and I had open looks in the second half. I just had to make those for my team, so I just tried to let it go and shoot it like I normally would."

    Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton

    On Minnesota's three-point shot tonight:
    "I don't know if it is a big part of our game. I think a big part of our game is just being an aggressive and attacking team and trying to get ourselves to the free throw line and just having a more balanced game. I think we take good shots; I think that is why our (three-point) percentage is high. We have two very good three-point shooters on our team, but I think we try to play from the inside out."

    On what she said to the team heading into overtime:
    "I think it was basically a second chance. The first overtime was a second chance for us the way we started the game and the way the first half went. We had two of our leading scorers on the bench a lot of the first half and we tied it to go into the first overtime. I think we got a second chance and we put ourselves in a position to win in the first overtime and we went 4-for-9 from the foul line. I think the free throws were the difference in the game tonight, and rebounding."

    On Leslie Knight scoring 15 of her 17 points in the second half and overtime:
    "I think she played the rest of the game. I think she was on the bench too long in the first half and I think she was forcing some things in the first half that weren't there. And I think she was taking what was being given to her the rest of the game and she was obviously more effective."

    On what you gain from a game like this:
    "Well, hopefully we can take some of the things that we've got to get better at and just keep working hard. I think in college sports you've just got to move forward. We can think about the things that we could have done a little better in this game and how we can get off to a better start in the future. But it is on to the next. Even if you win a game you don't really have a lot of time to enjoy it, it is on to the next and you are preparing for the next game."

    On the parity in the Big Ten so far this season
    "I don't think it really means a whole lot this time of year. You come in in second place, but if you lose you can go to sixth place. You win another game and you can go back up to second place; I don't think it really means a lot. You just have to keep plugging away and trying to take care of business; try to steal a couple on the road and take care of home court. It is going to come down to the last weekend as far as the standings come because it is so close. There are a lot of young players in the Big Ten this year and some teams that are doing some surprising things, but I think it is going to come down to the last weekend."


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