Yasmeen Thompson went for 10 points and eight rebounds Tuesday night
Jan. 21, 2014
Houston Interim Head Coach- Wade Scott
"You have to give a lot of credit to Louisville. They hit shots when they needed to and stretched this thing open."
On the difficulty of keeping Louisville off the three-point line
"Shoni (Schimmel) can miss five or six in a row and the next one is going in for her. And when she hits one, she hits about five or six in a row. Antonita Slaughter, another kid that if you let her wind it up and don't keep up with her she just rains it down on you. Some of those shots we left wide open, some were with a hand in their face but when a good shooter gets into a rhythm its just tough to deal with."
On if Louisville's three-point shooting affected the Cougars' mentality
"I think any time they can score like that it does tend to drop you a little bit, but the other thing it does is it makes your defense stretch out. You have to over help to get out there and when someone goes by, you're leaving someone else wide open."
On strength of the first half vs. the second half
"The first half I thought the intensity was there, we were hitting our shots. As the game wore down, when you miss those easy ones everyone's confidence gets down just a little bit. Everyone presses to get that next score. The girls gave their effort, they did what we asked them to do, so you just have to tip your hat to the other guy."
Louisville Head Coach- Jeff Walz
On being able to pull away after a close first half
"It's kind of what we've been doing the last three or four games unfortunately. We've given some teams some confidence. We were down two to SMU, and were up 20 with about five (minutes) to go. Then here, we had it to a 14-point game in the first half, and then we miss a layup, and give up a three, so instead of being up 16 now we're up 11. We've got to get better at putting teams away."
On forcing 25 turnovers
"Did a really nice job of that. The thing that concerns me though is we gave up 20 offensive boards. Good for us, and unfortunately for Houston, they just could not convert those into points. To get 20 offensive rebounds; you're working. We have to do a better job of keeping teams off the offensive glass."
On how his team reacted to the confidence that they gave Houston
"We responded like I expected us to. We got our composure, and we started to pass the basketball and gave ourselves a chance to do something when the ball was being moved instead of just one pass and a shot. We've got so many kids that can score, once you get it moving we're hard to guard. When you're taking that first shot you aren't making the defense work. It's hard to get an offensive rebound, because they're in their defensive position. Finally, when we got things going, you can see how special we can be."
Houston Sophomore Forward- Marche' Amerson
On difference between first and second half
"The first half we came out with a lot of intensity and confidence and like coach says some of those turnovers and easy layups that we missed kind of knocked our confidence down and we started going to some one-on-one play which doesn't help. We have to stick together and that is what we didn't do in the second half. It was a big difference from the first, so we just have to work on staying together for a full forty minutes."
On what went wrong in the second half
"Honestly, I think it was us. A lot of times we beat ourselves. A lot of people may not see it that way, but we are a good team and if we can get those small things down and learn to stay together throughout the entire game we have a chance to shock a lot of people. So I don't really think it was anything that they did differently in the second half, it is just that we have to learn to play for a full game."
Houston Senior Center- Yasmeen Thompson
On her performance versus Louisville
"I think my teammates kept me in the game, they saw me open and passed me the ball. Coach was saying `just play' and that is all I would think about, just playing. I wasn't worried about if I missed or if I did something wrong I was just worried about playing."