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Quotes: Duke 93, USC-Upstate 35
Monday 12/11/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Duke Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie

Opening statement:
"[We're] working on getting better out there. I thought our second half intensity was our higher intensity. I love the fact that we stayed focused enough to shoot 60 percent. I like the fact that we shared the ball; found each other. I like the fact that we adjusted in and out of different defenses; trying to communicate better in the second half. I thought the balance was good. I like Chloe's seven steals, and her being aggressive. We're just a work in progress [and] getting better. I thought we made the most out of that."

On getting the team focused on the game plan after a slow first half:
"It's really important that you're focused when you're going for 40 minutes. It's easy to talk about doing that, [but] it's harder to do. I think our team is learning that."

On Haley becoming more of a perimeter player:
"The summer that Haley had was pretty spectacular. I think the challenge has been just making sure that she does what she can do. She's an excellent rebounder."

On getting ready for conference play:
"I take every game singularly. I don't want to get too far ahead. They're all games, and they're all opportunities to get better. They're all teams. They're all like dominoes, and you've got to knock down the dominoes. The more dominoes you knock down, the more momentum you get, and I really want to the team to feel that way."

 

Sophomore Haley Peters

On what was said in the locker room after the first half:
"Sometimes you get into the rhythm of the season and you forget how lucky you are just to put a jersey on - just to go out there and play, regardless of opponent. The other part of it was understanding how good we can be, and can be for the rest of the season. We need to start growing in a lot of ways. It's just a process that we really need to get into wholly and completely. We didn't do that in the first half, but I think we did a better job in the second half."

On how Elizabeth Williams fits in to the team:
"E has done a great job. She's grown a lot in terms of mental pace, I think. She's not going to get rushed, and you can see it on the court. The more that that starts to show, the better she's going to be. She works incredibly hard. It's been a really easy fit."

Freshman Elizabeth Williams

On her development playing around the perimeter:
"Like Coach [McCallie] said, I worked out a bunch this summer and it's something I've always enjoyed doing. I think I've grown into that a little bit as we've gone on and just making sure I keep rebounding because that's something we need that I can do."

On playing three games in eight days:
"We've been in solid shape. We conditioned really hard in the preseason. I feel good. I feel rested. I kind of think all of us feel the same way. Even if you are tired, you just kind of have to push through it."

On how she feels coming out of a poor shooting performance and shooting 10-of-10 today:
"I think that was just one of the days where I think maybe my mind wasn't really right - I wasn't really focused and things weren't falling. Most of my shots are basically from post moves and layups, so it's just a matter of getting the ball in the right spot, concentrating and finishing."

 

USC Upstate Head Coach Tammy George

Opening Statement:
"I felt like the first half we played pretty well, and then the second half it seemed like the bottom fell out of it and they blew it open pretty big. I'm proud of my kids, they played hard for the most part and didn't quit. We're playing a tough schedule and trying to get ourselves ready for conference play. We start conference next week, we've played Duke, [North] Carolina, Auburn, and Vanderbilt, so hopefully when conference season rolls around we'll be ready to go."

On what "guarantee games" do for the program:
"It's good exposure for our program. We get out and see what other schools are like, big time programs, and good recruiting. It's been a tough schedule with Duke, [North] Carolina, Vanderbilt, and I think Auburn is very good as well. It just makes us better and I think we'll be ready to go around the time conference season rolls around."

On Duke's personnel in comparison to other opponents:
"They're pretty good. Duke has a lot of kids that can shoot. [North] Carolina is very athletic. Every team we've played against has been bigger, faster and stronger so we've had to deal with that. Their guards are bigger than our post players so that's something we've had to adjust to."

On preparation for Duke and translating it to conference play:
"The biggest thing, and we've talked about this, is that if we can break the pressure against Duke and [North] Carolina and these kinds of teams we can break the press against anybody. We're not going to see anybody in our conference with this kind of size and speed, no way. That gives me confidence knowing that we can come out and handle pressure from one of the top teams in the country. That's a win for me, not even looking at the score, that's a win for our program. We're just not going to see that type of pressure in our conference."

On the potential of being as successful as last year with a younger squad:
"We're just focusing on ourselves right now and trying to get better one game at a time. I don't want to put that kind of pressure on us. There are a lot of new people, even new staff members. We're trying to get better daily. We're trying to move on from this game and learn, take some wins from this game like breaking their pressure. I thought the first half we played pretty well, and then boom. We're looking for small positives in these kinds of games and looking to move forward. We've got some new people, we're young, and we've got some babies out there, freshman that we're depending on. We're just focusing on ourselves daily and trying to get better."  

USC Upstate Freshman Guard Tee'Ara Copney

On Upstate's early confidence:
"Every game is a game to us. It doesn't matter who we're playing, I think that's a good thing about our team. We just come out and play, it doesn't matter if it's against Duke or somebody in our conference, we come out and play with confidence and play hard no matter the circumstances, even if they're number five in the nation."

On what impressed her about Duke:
"They had a lot of shooters, and as Coach [George] said, their guards are bigger than our post players. They're a good team."

On preparation for conference play after playing Duke:
"We've been working on rebounding a lot, and playing these types of teams where everybody is bigger than us rebounding is one thing you really have to do. In our conference nobody is going to be 6'6" or 6'8". We've played against them and we know what we can do."

 


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