Nov. 9, 2003
Washington vs. NWBL
November 9, 2003
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH June Daugherty
General Remarks: 'I was impressed with a lot of areas. In particular some of our inexperienced and new players showed a lot of poise in their first game. I liked some of the things that we saw defensively. At times our intensity was right up there, which I thought led to some tough shots for the other team and got us into a situation where we were able to rebound and get into our running game and that is exactly what we want off of that defense.'
On holding NWBL to seven points in the first half: 'I don't know. I don't think ever. The team needs to be commended because at halftime they weren't hey whatever we've got this team blown away. They were really focused at halftime, we made some adjustments at both ends of the floor and I thought they came out and executed at a very high level. It was a little bit of a test with our youth as to how they would respond.'
On the effectiveness of the young players: 'A lot of energy, it is exciting to see that. There were a lot of tips, a lot of hands in the passing lanes. We weren't always perfect on some of our rotations, but I think that people were working hard and the intensity was pretty good. It allowed us to get going in our running game.'
On things the team needs to work on: 'I thought we needed to be a lot more physical on the rebounding end of things. At times we got caught watching the ball as opposed to finding our player and taking care of our responsibilities to box out and get that rebounding triangle going. I think offensively we could have gone to the glass a little bit more than what we did.'
GUARD Giuliana Mendiola
On freshmen: 'I thought they came out real strong today. They've done well in practice, so it's no surprise. They've picked up the system well, so we don't have to coach them a whole lot, they're absorbing a lot and willing to learn. For freshmen, that's pretty much all you can ask for right now. To me, it's a good sign and I'm excited about them.
On team defense: 'I think there's room to improve, but we showed a little glimpse of what we can do. We did a pretty good job getting in passing lanes, getting our hands on the ball, and ripping it out. Once we progress, there'll be more intensity because once we learn the system, we'll be able to apply more pressure. 20 steals as a team is good, we'll keep improving and keep getting after it.
GUARD Cameo Hicks
On playing with teammates at UW: 'I always have fun playing with these girls, it's a good time.'
On learning experiences so far: 'Learning to play the Washington system was a challenge. I almost felt like I had never played before because there were so many new things I had to learn, even with the basics, I thought I knew, but I didn't.
On playing against former Husky Jamie Redd: 'I didn't think about her past at UW, I didn't really know who she was until halftime. I always pride myself on defense and defense is what I love.'On rebounding prowess: 'I enjoy being physical rebounding, so I hope to bring that to the team. I know that's one of the main focuses this year, so I want to concentrate on it.'
FORWARD Maggie O'Hara
On intensity: 'It's natural for me, my dad taught me to be intense and focused. I like having fun and when I'm having fun, I'm intense.'
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