Oregon State-Stanford Post-Game Quotes

Jan. 24, 2009

Box Score

Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner
Overall thoughts ...

“First of all I would like to say I thought my team played really hard for 35 minutes of the game. I thought we did a great job of getting some stops and scoring against a very good basketball team. The two things we talked about before the game were that we could not turn the ball over and we needed to rebound the basketball. If you look at the stat sheet the thing that stands out to me is the number of rebounds that Stanford had.”

 On the second half ...
'In the second half we came out and played really aggressive. We got in some foul trouble right away with our bigs. We did a great job tonight of making sure we doubled down on their great post players. I thought that we played a really hard-fought game and I commend my basketball team. Stanford is a very good team and we just have to get back to work and build on this.”

On Stanford’s size on the perimeter ...
“They are big and they play really tough. They didn’t give Talisa (Rhea) room to breathe, they did a really good job on her. She has to use screens to get open and that is something we will continue to work on.”

On the mindset headed into the upcoming game at Oregon ...
“We need to continue to be positive, continue to work hard. We aren’t playing a top-10 team but we are playing our rival, and that’s always a great game. They are doing a great job and having a great year, so it will be another hard-fought battle.”

Oregon State guard Mercedes Fox-Griffin
On the lessons from this weekend’s matchups ...

“It definitely shows that we can play with anybody if we run our plays and get stops, and we do the things we are supposed to be doing. If we do that we can match up against anybody. We just need to close out games, that is the most important thing.”

Oregon State guard Brittney Davis
On her recent offensive performances ...

“I am just being more patient and having more confidence in my shot, and knowing it’s going to go down. It’s just confidence, patient, and not being off balance.”

Stanford Head coach Tara VanDerveer

On the game overall ...

“We went into a little bit of a trap, just to change our defense up a little bit. (Nnemkadi) Nnemkadi came off the bench for us and really did a lot. She scored, rebounded and she was just a real spark for us. Jillian also made some big layups for us when we needed them. We made some shots and we had some good stops and that was key. Our team is working hard on defense; I was really pleased with that. Obviously we play better at home, but we have been playing better on the road now, too.”



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