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    Notes From Thursday's Press Conference

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    March 14, 2002

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    Heather Cassady and the Hoosiers face TCU tomorrow at 6:06 p.m. on ESPN 2


    Indiana Head Coach Kathi Bennett
    "We're really looking forward to continuing playing some good basketball and picking up where we left off with that same intensity and same focus we had in the tournament."

    On why the team has been successful as of late:
    "I feel we've really come together and we have a different confidence level. I feel like our defense has been consistent for the whole year. I feel like we're even more focused in on that end. Offensively, I think we've gotten better. Our guard play has really improved. We're executing a lot better. I think the leadership from our seniors has been phenominal. They don't want to quit playing. This is their senior year and they know this is it. They don't want to stop playing for Indiana University. I think they have really taken to that role. You can tell how much they believe in each other on the court because they show each other that all the time."

    On the difference in the team since the beginning of the season:
    "I just don't think they believed that they could beat the better teams. I don't
    think they knew they could beat the Penn State's and the Purdue's and
    believe that they deserved to do that. I think we've really come
    together on the court and they've shown that they can do that.

    Associate Head Coach Trish Betthauser
    "I think we're going to have to continue to play well on the defensive
    end. In this first match up I think it's going to be very tough for us
    to contain some of their post players, but I think we're going to be up
    for the challenge."

    Heather Cassady
    "I think we had a 'no lose' confidence about us. Like coach said, we
    don't want to end our season. I think our seniors just stepped up and
    we're playing with the defensive mentality and offensively, we've really
    got our confidence back and we've proven we can play with the best of

    "We know we have to contain they're players, especially their post
    players. They're big and quick and they penatrate. They also play
    pressure defense so we'll have to take care of the ball."


    TCU Head Coach Jeff Mittie
    "We've been a pretty consistent team all year long. We won the
    Conference USA regular season. I think this team has grown throughout
    the year. We're excited to still be playing and we're excited to be
    playing a very good Indiana team. I think we're playing one of the
    hotter teams right now."

    On Indiana's players:
    "They all concern me, but I think their offense
    runs through (Jill) Chapman. (Heather) Cassady is a player that looks
    like she has the pulse of this team."

    "They're getting production from more people and that's made them a
    better team. They like to get Chapman involved and I think she does a
    good job. If you run help to them, they've got shooters they're going to
    spot up. That concerns me. Both of those two concern me (Chapman and
    Cassady). They're both capable of going off. And they have more weapons
    as well. When you get to this point, everybody concerns you."




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