March 20, 2005
HOUSTON PRESS CONFERENCE
Houston coach Joe Curl
"We're just really, really disappointed that we didn't bring our 'A' game. I think we brought our 'A' game, they just took it away from us. Give all the credit in the world to Boston College. They're one of the best coached teams we've seen all year. Their ability to block us out and to take our strength away, which was offensive rebounds put-backs, and at halftime, I believe they had us on the glass 11-2 as far as points getting put back in. We really struggled offensively and it seemed the rim got smaller and smaller and everything got tougher and tougher.
"It felt like our team really got frustrated. They really weren't quitting, they got frustrated, and that is what I was trying to do, to coach them through that time, but things don't always go the way you want them to. We were just going to hang in there and fight until someone drags us off the court and tells us the game is over. We felt we had a chance to win until probably the last six or seven minutes when it got a little out of hand. My hat is off to Boston College. I just really felt like we didn't play as well as we're capable and they had a lot to do with that."
On the play of Clare Droesch:
"She's a great basketball player. We come down the court off the tip and she buries it and then she buries another one. We tried to get in her hip and tried to come off the screens and not get screened. She has a quick shot; she's a basketball quick player. What she may not have in total quickness, she makes up for with her brain and her quickness of her release. Her teammates have a lot to do with that, too. I can't say enough about them. She's one of the finest basketball players we've had the opportunity to play against. She's a very good player."
On the rebuilding process due to losing five seniors:
"I hope that we turn into a LSU, Duke, or North Carolina. I hope we reload and don't have to rebuild. I know every once in a while you have to kind of rebuild, but I'm hoping we're kind of through that. This is our fourth tournament in five years and the kind of student-athletes that we've recruited and signed, I think can bring us back to here. I just want to represent our conference better than we did today. I'm disappointed in that.
"As far as the game is concerned, I've won some games and I've been beaten before in close games; I've been blown out of the gym. Anybody that has coached has been through that and to be self-centered and an egomaniac and say that it's all about how bad I feel. I feel like I've been blessed to be able to come here and to have the kids we've signed, I think we're going to be reloading. I think we'll be a different basketball team again. Last year we were a slashing outside team, this year we're an inside and out basketball team, and next year I think we'll be more guard oriented and really shoot the ball. I'm excited about next year already and what happened today will motivate me to get out and work just a little bit harder here and get ourselves ready next year."
Junior forward/center Sancho Lyttle
On how she feels about the loss:
"In the first ten minutes, we had a shot and after that, everything started going haywire both ways."
Senior guard Joann Overstreet
On how she feels about the loss:
"I just feel like they played better than us tonight. They were the better team tonight."
On the difficulty to get Lyttle the ball inside:
"To me, it wasn't difficult to get it inside. Our shots just weren't falling and we weren't moving the ball around."