Feb. 14, 2008
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Indiana Head Coach Felisha Legette-Jack
"We shouldn't take anyone for granted and assume we are going to beat them since we did it before. This Big Ten is for real. I'm hoping that the country understands. We played hard and played a tough team. Tonight, they just scored more points than us, but we are going to get better."
"They play some tenacious defense perimeter-wise, and I don't think that we really attacked, imposed ourselves on them at the beginning as a team."
On the Hoosiers last possession:
"We passed the ball out of our shooters' hands and our post players tried to get a 3 when she just needed a quick shot. We'll get better, we'll learn from those mistakes."
On MSU's rebounding advantage:
"We can understand (Allyssa) DeHaan getting her 15 rebounds, but we don't understand is their point guard, Brittney Thomas, coming down with eight rebounds. I thought we could have done a better job getting those guards off the boards. But we'll get better with that."
Junior Forward Amber Jackson
On having some success in the lane early on:
"Tonight I just said to myself that I am going to come out hard and play hard the whole time. But definitely when Whitney Thomas went out, I knew I had to step it up because it's always me and her out there working together. So I knew I had to step it up."
On playing against 6'9'' Allyssa DeHaan:
"Pretty much every team in the Big Ten is going to have some who is taller than me, so it's just something that I have to deal with. I need to try and face up more and try to take it to the basket more often, draw some fouls and do whatever I can to score."
Michigan State Head Coach Suzy Merchant
"Well, I feel pretty good about the road win here at Indiana. We knew they're a tough team. They had four players in double figures, great guard play, great post play. We knew we would have our hands full. Obviously we didn't shoot the ball extremely well, especially in the first half, I liked our chances because I felt like our kids were fighting and they were really working hard at both ends of the floor. We were getting good looks and felt like if we kept with that same effort and enthusiasm then good things would happen."
On the rebounding effort of Alyssa Dehaan
"I thought Al made a huge difference. This was probably by far her best rebounding game that she has had of the year. I just felt like she went up and got rebounds that she didn't get before. Whether we were man or zone she really went up and snatched some offensively and defensively."
On the team's free throw shooting down the stretch:
"In close games, whether you are down or up, you've got to make free throws. I thought our kids did a really nice job of stepping up. We didn't shoot them extremely well the last game we played at home against Purdue, but I felt like we did a good job here of making our free throws down the stretch. And it was different people - it was Courtney (Davidson), it was Mandy (Piechowski) and it was Kal (Kalisha Keane). It was good to have everybody step up there and make shots."
On the back-and-forth nature of the game:
"Those are fun games to be part of; I think fun for the kids, probably more fun for the fans and the coaches. I just think it helps define the character of a team. I think when you are in a battle like that, and who is going to step up and make plays, who is going to take care of the ball, whether you are a young or a veteran team I think you need to be put in those situations in order to seal the deal. I am sure it helped define Indiana and it will help define us. I think you can only get stronger from close games like this."