Cincinnati-Rutgers Women's Basketball Postgame Quotes

March 2, 2013

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Cincinnati vs. Rutgers Postgame Quotes
March 2, 2013 – Fifth Third Arena

Cincinnati Head Coach Jamelle Elliott

On tonight’s game

 “At their place, on their home court we went into halftime up seven points. The trend had been that they like to turn up the heat defensively in the second half. They pressed us and we made a couple of bad passes which led to them picking up the momentum and we weren’t able to recover. Today, we had the same thing. We went up six at halftime and they turned up the heat defensively and ended up tying the score at one point. The difference between the game today and the game at Rutgers is that today we didn’t roll over. They got some momentum and made a run like all good teams do, but we kept our composure, made stops when we needed stops, made tough shots when we needed them and down the stretch we made the free throws to ice the game. Take nothing away from Rutgers though. That’s a hall of fame coach. She’s a coach that just got her 900th victory and is a mentor to every woman who has coached basketball in the NCAA. She does a great job of making sure her team always has a chance to win, but tonight was just our night. We made the plays that we needed to make down the stretch it paid off for us.”

On the teams increased production as a group:

“That’s something that I’ve talked to my team about. Day is still our heart and soul. When it’s time to make a big shot I still want the ball in her hands and when we need a stop I want her guarding their best player, but the difference is that you have Tiffany Turner and Lesha Dunn. Also Kayla Cook has handled the ball a little more to take some of that pressure away from Day. Jasmine Whitfield is coming in and being able to defend which is something she struggled with early on. So now we’ve got a lot of other guys stepping up and making some big plays for us and we need them all to continue to do that to continue to give us chances to win.”

On senior Lesha Dunn and how far she’s come as a player:

“Well Lesha came from a junior college so she was only here for two years and last year was an adjustment for her academically and she ended up missing the second half of the season. She continued to work out and work on her game and improve. This year, she came out and has helped us win several games this year both before conference play and in conference like you saw tonight. She’s definitely been an integral part of us being successful. When she plays well most likely we’re going to be successful because she is so multi-faceted. She can hit the fifteen footer, she’s one of our best passers, and she’s an excellent free throw shooter.”

On attracting more fans after the men’s team played prior to tonight’s game:

“One of the things that we were hoping for was that some of the fans who came for the men’s game would stick around and watch a little of our game. Hopefully they liked the product that we put out on the court and now they’ll go home and tell their family that they need to make it to a few more women’s games next season. Hopefully now some of the fans that come out and support the men will come out and support the women’s team.”


No. 31 Dayeesha Hollins, G

On this being UC’s first school win against Rutgers:

“I actually didn’t know that we had never beaten Rutgers but it was exciting especially since it was Lesha’s senior night, so we had to get the win for her in her last home game.”

On coming out strong:

“My first shot was a wide open three, which it was surprising to me but I knocked it down and from there we just took the lead.

On if Rutgers physical play got to her:

“No, I am use to it. I know last year I got beat up so after a while I got use to it. After games and practices I just have to go ice and get my body ready for the next game.”

On having a three game winning streak after a losing slump:

“We were in a slump for a while but these last few games were very winnable. I knew that we would come out and give it all that we had because we have nothing to lose, and we have just been playing to our best abilities.”

On what she will take away from Lesha:

“She is always truthful and honest, she speaks her mind and there’s always something positive coming from her.”


No. 4 Lesha Dunn, C

On her performance tonight:

“It was frustrating at first because nothing was going my way and I was rushing everything and I keep listening to Coach (Elliot) and Coach (Tasha), they told me to slow it down and let everything come to you. Then Coach (Swinson) came over and really talked to me saying there is still plenty of time left.

On if she was nervous because of Senior Night:

“Yeah I was nervous because I wanted to play well, and I wanted to leave with them remembering me on a good note. So that was really big for me and I came in the game holding myself to a certain standard.”

On what memories she is going to reflect upon about UC:

“To always stay optimistic in the time of adversity. Even though we had lost ten straight games, we never looked at it like we were going to roll over, we looked at it like we still have more games to play were going to win these last few games. We became more positive towards the end of the season - not to say we were negative in the beginning - we just never gave up or looked down on ourselves. We always came to practice with the same attitude and same mind set.”