Post Game Quotes: WNIT Quarterfinals, March 27, 2010
March 27, 2010
'I fell like we have been playing some of our best basketball. It has been tough with the travel, just like other teams have faced, but I think we are at a really good point right now. Really focused on what we are doing. It was a good win. To see the progression we are making has been great for us in postseason.'
'Our two mainstays are playing defense and really getting on the boards. Up at Oregon, it was the same thing. We were tied at halftime (in rebounding) and we came out and really dominated the boards. That is what we have to do. Against some teams, I feel that we are really somewhat fresh in the second half. I feel like other teams are a little more down. So we are just trying to take advantage of all those opportunities.'
'It's all growth, and more games together, and success. You can tell they are all playing with a lot more confidence. They're relaxed. They know each other better. Where D wants the ball. Where Lexi wants it. It is all that.'
'Things happen for a reason. If we had crawled into the NCAA Tournament and then get waxed in the first game, not that necessarily would have happened but it could, you don't get the four games that we got so far and going into our fifth. There is always a trade-off. Would we have loved to be in the NCAA Tournament? Yah, but this has been great for us to have to travel and understand what it is to go deep into March. And all the playing time and the rotations. It has given the seniors just a different...they're all contributing now. In a lot of ways, it has really unfolded nicely for us. I believe things happen for a reason. It has been a good thing.'
Senior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson
'I won my last game at Haas. That is what I am thinking now. I won my last game at Haas. All of my friends and family are here. Everybody came out to support us tonight. And I am on my way to my first Final Four. Can't beat that!'
'We had talked that if we won, we would most likely be on the road the rest of the way, so we were excited to come home because all of our friends and family could come to the game. So it was like we put everything out on the floor and if you do everything you are supposed to do and you still lose a game, then you can live with that. But if you put everything on the floor and you work hard, you are probably going to get something successful that comes out of it.'
'I was really excited. I was just ready to play. For some reason, I haven't had jitters lately. I am going with it.'
Freshman forward DeNesha Stallworth
On whether sitting for most of the UC Davis game has helped her come up with two big games back-to-back
In my mindset, I was thinking that you can't be the only one not giving effort. You have to play your hardest like everyone else.'
'I think if you just play hard, your effort will come by itself.'