Oregon-Iowa NCAA Press Conference

March 16, 2001


Oregon Head Coach Jody Runge

'We're very excited to be in the tournament. I think we have played our best basketball and had our best practices in the last month or so, and that has been demonstrated by our finish.'

'They're (Iowa) a great shooting team. We're going to have to do a great job defensively. we are a good defensive team, but we can't let them get a lot of confidence shooting.'

'I pushed some buttons that I felt like needed to be pushed. That helped us win five of our last seven at home. It's kind of like a new season and they're (the players) very excited about that.'

'In the past where we're vying for a conference championship and that was a big accomplishment and we didn't regroup and take the tournament on in the same fashion.' This year is different because we haven't had the pressure.'

'I've told the team that I'm not mad at them. Unfortunately, we haven't had the opportunity to deal with the issues because that shouldn't be the focus. If I've used motivational techniques that hurt feelings, I apologize. We'll deal with the rest of it once the season is over.'

Senior center Jenny Mowe

'We're just really excited this year. Not much is expected of us finishing in the middle of the Pac-10. We're just going to take one game at a time and try to do our best.'

'They've (Iowa) got some great guards and really great shooters, and they're inside game is pretty good too.'

'As fas as saying that we started the season so well and then we had a let down and a losing streak, it's made us a better team. We just want to go out and play the best ball we can.'

Senior forward Brianne Meharry

'I definitely think that being in the tournament is exciting for our team. We are just going to take it one day at a time.'

'Our last game in the season was big for us and we came out as a team and the seniors had a good game.'

'There is a lot less pressure on us right now because we're the underdog. This lets us relax and really play our game.'

Junior guard Jamie Craighead

'Last year we felt that we really let ourselves down for not going to the Sweet 16. We've had a rough year, and we didn't think that we would be able to play with the seniors ever again. So playing here is a great opportunity for the seniors and us.'

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