No. 24/22 Syracuse at Cincinnati Postgame Quotes

Feb. 5, 2013

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On the difference tonight:
    "Well, we had 21 turnovers and that's about the average number that they force per game. They lead the league in steals and we knew going into the game that in order for us to have a chance to win, we had to have no more than 10 or 11 turnovers. We had 21 turnovers and they had 24 off of them. I think that the press hurt us more than the half court; because once we were able to break the press and get into the half court we had 10 or 11 seconds to shoot the ball. Then you get anxious just to get a shot off and now you're not shooting the ball in rhythm. The pressure is what I thought was the difference."

On UC trying to get the ball in the middle of the zone:
    "Other than Alyesha Lovett we're pretty small at guard so they did a really good job of disrupting our sight. We knew the soft spot of their zone was in the middle near the free throw line so we tried to flash through there, but the problem was they put so much pressure on the ball that our guards weren't able to see them. I thought we did a good job early of trying to get Jeanise (Randolph) the ball and get their big guy in foul trouble, but then Jeanise got in foul trouble."

On her team's difficulty with Syracuse's defensive pressure:
    "Well we knew that we were going to see that pressure. That's because of our inexperienced guards, we're not the most confident players with the ball. Now do we try to put them in those positions in practice? Absolutely. At the end of the day, believe it or not, where we came from when we played Louisville and had 31 turnovers, but we're doing better. We still have a long way to go. I still want to continue to prepare them for this for Saturday at Rutgers. Hopefully, we just won't have as many turnovers."

On the team's morale:
    "I've been talking to them about small victories. The best thing that came out of the game today is that our goal was to keep them off of the offensive boards and try to keep the rebounding battle close. They're No. 2 in the conference and in the country in rebounding and we actually out- rebounded them by one. So that was something positive for me to say to my players. The other thing is that they score 18 points on the out of bounds plays usually and I don't think they scored on the out of bounds plays underneath tonight."



No.31 Dayeesha Hollins
Junior Guard

On Syracuse's full court pressure:
"We knew it was coming because they always press and we went over it in practice and I think, after a while, we always have this saying where if we get the ball across the court without any turnovers eventually they will come out of it. But we had a lot of turnovers in the first half, so that just made them keep the pressure on us, so we've just got to get better at that. We've got to learn how to control it and coming to the ball more often."

On Syracuse trapping:
"Their traps came kind of fast and I think we need to be able to anticipate it and make the next quick pass. I don't think we were ready for those quick traps to come. So we just have to be ready for them next time."

On what needs to be done against Rutgers:
"Same thing - pressure them. They are pretty fast, so we have to get back on transition defense. I think it's about working on our defense and finding a way to score."

On the team's mindset:
"Just believing and having faith in each other and staying together. We can't get down; we can't harp on the negatives all the time. We have to find the positives."

On what their small victories were today:
"I would say they average about 18 offensive rebounds and we held them to one in the first half. I know they got several in the second half, but I know it was nothing close to their average, so that was one of them that really stood out to us. Another one is people making shots on our end."

No.12 Alyesha Lovett
Sophomore Guard

On what needs to be done against Rutgers:
"Scoring is one of the things that we need to do, especially because our defense is good. But we have to capitalize on offense to keep ourselves in the game."

On outrebounding Syracuse even though they were undersized:
"Boxing out, and keeping them out of the box and just go for the rebound. That is really all we have to do. If we box out then everything else will come easy."