Post Game Quotes

March 6, 2005

Head coach Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
On the game:
'I thought our game was really decent. The best thingwe did was get on the offensive boards, and that wassomething we really emphasized.'

'I thought USC played extremely well. This is thetype of game that our team needs. This is the type ofgame that really helps us for the NCAA Tournament.'

On what she said to the players at halftime, when theywere down:
'I said that we're coming to the game either way. Iasked if they wanted to be on the bench or in thestands. I trusted the fact that people wanted to beon the bench.'

On facing USC in the final tomorrow:
'We will have to play well tomorrow. It will be achallenge.'

Kelley Suminski, G, Stanford
On how this game will affect the games ahead:'I think we should have to focus more on playing theway we're capable of playing every game.'

Candice Wiggins, F, Stanford
On keeping her poise as a freshman:
'As a freshman, you try to do so much, and you'retrying so hard that you need to take a deep breath,slow down, and let the game come to you. That's whenI think players are most successful.'

USC Head Coach Mark Trakh
Opening comments:
'I am extremely proud of the kids. They went out andthey played a heck of a game. I thought we shouldhave won the game. We went out there, we played toughand we were leading most of the game.'

'I think we solidified our case for the tournament,beating Arizona last night and really playing welltoday.'

'We left everything out on the floor. I thought theydid everything they could possibly do to try and winthis basketball game. We just came up a littleshort.'

On doing something different against Stanford:
'We could play them 10 times and they would probablywin nine and a half of them. Today was almost thatone.'

Chloé Kerr, C, USC
On shooting:
'I had confidence in myself in the post. I hadpatience and helped my team as well as I could.'

On the momentum turn:
'I thought we were in the game from the beginning, wecame out with a lot of intensity. We just believed inourselves.'

Eshaya Murphy, F, Stanford
On the team growing up this game:
'Everyone stepped up and encouraged each other, evenwhen the game was close. Everyone believed andthought that we could do it.'

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