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Quotes: Duke 69, UNC 63
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/26/2012
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Duke Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie’s Opening Statement “It was a great basketball game. It was sort of a season in a game, relative to some of the adversity. I didn’t think we could get more adversity, but we did and I think the team handled the game very, very well. I am disappointed on the 22 turnovers, we will need to look at that. But I love the fact that we were rebounding and really aggressive to the ball. We have been trying to improve, and any time that a team shoots 52 percent from the floor, that’s a sign of excellent ball movement and great, savvy play by the guards, particularly Chelsea in terms of her decisions and what she’s trying to do with her team on the floor and also our terrific post players just in terms of how they’re taking it strong in the paint and finishing. It was a good game, and great lessons.” Chelsea Gray on Haley Peters “She’s our warrior. She’s the backbone of this team and when we saw her come back into the game, I turned to her and said ‘Welcome back,’ and it was just good to have her back on the floor.” Elizabeth Williams on the team’s performance “Well I think we had to stay really poised. In a game like this there’s such a large magnitude for Carolina and it’s their Senior Night. We knew coming in that they would have a lot of energy. It was really important for us to play hard and fight through the adversity and at the same time stay poised and patient. " North Carolina Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell’s Opening Statement “You know if we had played the first half like we did the second half we’d be a lot happier right now. But I thought second half we competed a lot harder. We played transition defense, we played like we were supposed to play. But if we had played the first half like the second half it would’ve been a different game. Duke’s a very good team. They are very skilled, a lot of great players out there. I thought we competed hard the second half. I thought we did some good things. Brittany (Rountree) made some big shots for us and we ran a couple of things at the end, got some really good looks. We did some good things but you know it didn’t turn out for us right.” Chay Shegog on playing Duke again “Three weeks ago, we know we didn’t play how we could have played. We spent time, we analyzed their team and this time we had a really solid game plan to try to beat them.” North Carolina Guard Brittany Rountree on her performance “I realized that they were playing off of me a little bit, so I looked for my shot. As I kept hitting, I realized I had the hot hand so I kept shooting to try to get my team back in the game.” On her first ACC Tournament “I just want to win. Like Coach Hatchell said, if we would have played the whole game like we did in the second half, we would have won. So if we have the right mentality and come out in the first game, I believe we can win.”