2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament: Championship Game Quotes

March 15, 2009




Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer 

On heading into the NCAA Tournament

“Our team is playing with a lot of confidence.  I think they have really listened to the directions that our coaches have given them.  I think we have great leadership with our captains.  Everyone is just focused on doing what we need them to do.”

“Our young players off the bench have really improved a lot, and they are just coming into their own.”


On possible seeding for the Tournament

“I think we have to be one of the most improved teams in America.”

“I feel very confident that the Pac-10 has gotten us ready for the NCAA Tournament.  We have room to improve, but we are excited.  We will be ready to play wherever we are sent and whoever we are playing against.”


Stanford forward Kayla Pedersen

On momentum shift at the end of the first half

“I think the play Jeanette made really gave us momentum going into the second half.”


On second half adjustment

“Everything kind of came together in the second half, so we were able to pull away.”


Stanford guard Jillian Harmon

On heading into the NCAA Tournament

“I see it as six more games and I think our team is playing the best we have played all season right now.  I want to play with these players six more times.  They are my best friends and I want it to go as long as it possibly can.”



USC Coach Mark Trakh

On playing three ranked teams on consecutive nights

“I’m proud of my kids. They scrapped as best they could and I think the third night you get tired of leaning on these big bodies and I think they kind of just ran out of gas.”


On Stanford

“Hats off to Stanford. I think they’re going to go to the Final Four again. They’ve got everything they need on that team: height, guards, they’ve got shooters, they can get up and down the court. They run their stuff really, really well, so congratulations to them on the tournament. They’re a great basketball team.”

“At this time of year, I think they definitely deserve a number one seed. I’d be hard-pressed to see a lot of teams better than them in the country.”

“Stanford played a heck of a game. They beat us in every facet of the game. I think the big thing was that they were just so big and they’re skilled inside.”


USC center Kari LaPlante

On getting into foul trouble and matching up with Stanford’s frontcourt

“I got into foul trouble. That hurt, having to come out and come back in. But I was definitely just as enthusiastic and ready. I’d hit another shot here and there, but they’re big girls in there. I was having a tough time posting them up.”


On playing in the championship game

“I want to do it again. It’s a great experience and a lot of fun. With the momentum we ended with, I think it will be great for offseason practice.”


USC guard Camille LeNoir

On the matchup problems presented by playing Stanford

“They’re just great. It was hard for our guards to match up with Jayne [Appel] and Nneka [Ogwumike] and everybody down low.”


On her team’s spirit

“We’re not quitters. We never have been and I think we fought until the end.”


On her five years at USC

“I just loved my time here and I think it was a great run. I wish we would have won this game to keep it going, but it’s been an amazing year. I’ve had a lot of fun playing for Coach Trakh and our assistants and just playing with a group of girls who always have my back. We just love each other.”



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