Press Conference Quotes
March 23, 2003
Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer
'We're excited to be playing in the second round. Minnesota is an excellent opponent and we're going to have to play very well to move onto the regional. I think that our team played exceptionally well last night. We worked hard offensively, got good shots. I think our team really won the game because we played excellent defense and we are going to have to continue that.'
ON DEFENDING MINNESOTA:
'I think that we have to really look at what things they like to do and the things that they're good at and really work defensively to take away the things that they like to do. We have to play very good post defense. They're a very versatile team. I think the key to their team is Whalen. She's a tremendous player. We've played against great perimeter players and we are going to have to defend her very well. They have some excellent shooters. They shoot the ball very well. They are one of the only teams in the tournament that shoots over 50 percent, so our defense will be challenged.'
ON THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THIS YEAR'S TEAM AND LAST YEAR'S:
'We graduated five seniors from last year's team. In the game versus Minnesota last season, Nicole Powell had an excellent game but we also received a lot of production from Lindsey Yamasaki. We were a bigger team on the perimeter. We went inside a lot and we still want to do that. This year's team is a scrappier team. We're smaller. We need to be more aggressive and we need to create a lot of things off of our defense. We can't use our size. That's the main difference, we're not as big. '
Stanford forward Nicole Powell
ON A COMPLETE TEAM EFFORT IN THE FIRST ROUND VERSUS WESTERN MICHIGAN:
'Sure I had a good game, but it was really a good team effort. Everyone came in and contributed. The post did a really good job. Having six people score in double figures is what you would like to see every night. I think that is the ultimate basketball game, with everyone contributing.'
ON DEFENDING MINNESOTA:
'I think it goes back to everyone contributing and everyone being sharp about what we're doing in our defensive schemes. I think that they're a good overall team and they have two very good players. They also have some excellent role players who contribute very well. I just think that everyone on our team needs to be sharp and not have any let downs.'
Stanford forward Azella Perryman
ON THE PRESSURE OF PLAYING AT HOME IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
'I think that being able to play at home is definitely a comfort. We have great fans so it's great to be able to play in front of them. There is definitely an element of pressure. The road to the Final Four goes through Stanford in the West. I think that's a good pressure though and we will build off of it and hopefully play well.'
Minnesota Head Coach Pam Borton
'We are very excited to be playing Monday night versus a very good Stanford team. We're excited, we're ready. We had a really good prep day, and we will use our day tomorrow. I think that it will be a very good basketball game.'
ON THEIR GAME VERSUS STANFORD MONDAY NIGHT AS OPPOSED TO LAST SEASON:
'Stanford is a different team and we're a completely different team as well. We have new players, a new system. I think another year of experience, being in the NCAA Tournament, is ten fold on them (Minnesota). They're not just happy to be here. It's exciting and it's new and overwhelming. Just to make it is a great thing and now we're ready to take the next step and win games in the NCAA Tournament and that's what is about.'
Minnesota guard Lindsay Whalen
ON PLAYING STANFORD THIS SEASON AS OPPOSED TO LAST SEASON:
'The game versus Stanford last season was very early in the season. I know toward the end we became a much better team. I don't remember to much of the game because it was the first game of the tournament, but we came out and won the last two games of that tournament. Overall we were happy about our performance. I don't remember how much we lost by, but it wasn't very close. I think in the second half it became a blowout.'
ON GETTING OFF TO A QUICK START INDIVIDUALLY TOMORROW:
'I think that it depends on the way the game is going. I'm not going to force anything and I'm not going to do anything out of the ordinary. If the shots are there then I'm going to take them. If they are not there, but if I can create some shots for someone else, I'm going to do that. I'm not worried about getting off to a fast start. It's always nice to get out there and get into the flow but sometimes you need to let things come to you.'
Minnesota guard Kadidja Andersson
ON PLAYING STANFORD THIS SEASON:
'I think the important thing to remember is that the team that we saw last season is a lot different than the one that we will see tomorrow night. Also, the same thing with our team. We're different too. It's hard to compare.'
ON NICOLE POWELL:
'You can definitely tell that she's the key player, the one that gets them going. She creates a lot for her teammates and for herself. Today, in practice, we focused a lot on her but at the same time we know that they have other great players too.'
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