Postgame Quotes - 1/4/14 vs. AMCC
Postgame quotes after ORU's 58-53 loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on January 4, 2014:HEAD COACH MISTI CUSSEN
On where the game was lost:
"We gave up this game at the start of the second half. I felt like today was ours to win and go 2-0 in conference play. I was really disappointed with our upperclassmen's play. I didn't feel like we were emotional or communicative."
On her team's offensive struggles:
"When Corpus Christi went to their zone, we sat back on our heels. Nobody wanted the pass and nobody wanted the shot, which we work on all the time. It was a high turnover day, and I felt like it shouldn't have been. It was just apoor second half performance for us."
On playing against a zone defense:
"We haven't played against a lot of zone this year, but at a certain point, players have to make plays. We put them in a certain structure, and we have to move the ball and be ready."
On losing the game down the stretch:
"We were back on our heels in the second half, and that's why Corpus Christi won it. They were the more aggressive team down the stretch."
On sturggling to get the ball down low to Sarah Shelton:
"Offensively, our guards are still finding out how to find Sarah. Last year, our experienced guard knew where to give her the ball, to make her life easy. Now she's playying with a lot of freshmen, and they don't really understand how to get her the ball so that we can really utilize her."
FRESHMAN ALEXUS WILSON (13 PTS, 2 AST)
On what led to her big day:
"I was just ready to play today. I paid close attention to the scouting report, and I saw how they wanted to guard me. I was just ready to play."
JUNIOR BERNADETT BALLA (9 PTS, 8 REB)
On how she had a good day:
"I changed my mindset. I trusted my teammates, and they trusted me. Their trust kept me going throughout the whole game."
On the difficulty of losing a close game:
"This game could have been ours if we had taken it. But tomorrow is a new day, and I trust all of these girls, that we're going to get better and this is not going to happen again."