Game Five Post-Game Quotes: Oregon vs. USC

March 12, 2010


USC Head Coach Michael Cooper

 

On running with Oregon

“You’ve got to put your track shoes on and come ready to play. We got after them and they got after us.”

 

On whether he believes USC has clinched a spot in the NCAA Tournament

“I’m not looking ahead too far, other than the game we’ve got to play tomorrow, whether it’s UCLA or Oregon State. It would be nice if we were in, but we know if we can get 20 wins, more than likely that will get us in.”

 

On what he takes away from tonight’s game

“I saw our grit tonight, when we got down by three or four, whatever it was, that’s when I saw the real Trojan women step up.”

 

USC sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath

 

On guarding Taylor Lilley and USC’s defensive effort

“It’s really hard to guard Taylor Lilley but I had a lot of help from my teammates and if it weren’t for my teammates, she probably would have gotten more points than she had. It was that extra team effort to stop her.”

 

On what keyed USC’s 12-2 run in the second half

“Nobody on our team wanted to go home so we just said we’re going to buckle down and we’re going to pick up this energy right now.”

 

USC freshman forward Christina Marinacci

 

On USC’s intense preseason conditioning regimen

“It definitely pays off and makes it all worth it. While you’re running, you know it’s going to pay off in the end. That’s what motivates us to get through practice.”

 

Oregon Head Coach Paul Westhead

On his team’s performance:

“I thought our team gave a terrific effort. I told the players I was very proud of their performance for this game and for the season.”

On coming close to winning the game:

“I thought we were in win mode. Sometimes you can be in win mode and you don’t win.”

 

Oregon senior guard Taylor Lilley

On ending the season:

“It’s just been really an amazing journey.”

On Oregon’s style of play:

“You really don’t know what’s going to happen next, and it doesn’t matter what the time is, you still always will have hope. You just never know, especially in postseason play, what can happen.”

 

Oregon sophomore guard Nia Jackson

On the last minute of the game:

“We just knew that we had to keep pushing it, keep pressing. The game was not over and we just had to keep going hard, playing with intensity and energy.”

 

 

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