Joanne P. McCallieDuke Head Coach
“It was a good basketball game although we obviously do not feel good about things that we did. Credit to Florida State for doing some nice things out there as a team. I think that our rebounding stat is so disturbing that I can’t even comment on it really. I think it is best to give credit and those two transfers [Adut Bulgak and Leticia Romero] sure did make a difference for Florida State.”
Q: Bigger problem, turnovers or rebounds?
“I think rebounding is the most important. I think you control the game by having the ball. Turnovers are important too, but I think rebounds are where it’s at. Becca [Greenwell] had five [rebounds], which she could have had 10. She has had some great rebounding games. Overall, our post rebounding was just horrific and that really hurt us.”
Duke Freshman Guard Rebecca Greenwell
Q: Rebecca, you weren’t able to get your shot off in the first half off the transition. One set play in the second half where you were able to get the 3, was that just a change in the offense or was it just a bad night for you all in general?
“We were trying to get the ball inside mainly at the beginning of the game, so we were really focusing on that. I think that is one reason, but we were trying to also score in transition where we did a good job of that in the first half. We kind of lost sight of all that in the second half.”
Florida State Head Coach Sue Semrau
“We told them that it was going to be a war on the boards and that’s exactly what it was. I thought that we started out extremely well going to the boards on the offensive end and we weren’t shooting it well but we rebounded well. Now we still went in to halftime with a deficit and let them shoot much too well in the first half. We challenged them defensively and they really responded.
Q: Tell us what it means to have this kid play (in reference to Leticia Romero)
“It’s so fun to have a true point guard that understands the game and has the kind of experience against great players. She’s one of the best that there is in Spain and my goal is that when she leaves FSU she’ll be one of the best in the world. We’re going to challenge her and she’s been stepping up to every challenge.”
Q: To start off the game, you had some trouble shooting baskets. What adjustments were made?
“Did you see how big they are! They penetrate around one and then there was another and that was a little bit stunning. We did a much better job screening their zone in the second half.”
Q: You were down 31-17 with 6:00 left in the first half, how big was it to get down that lead and give yourself a better chance?
“A lot of teams would quit the fight at that point. There was something that held the others up, and for us that was a couple shots going in and when that happened, it really changed the game.”
Q: Did you need this kind of win?
“No. We need every kind of win. We need to be who we are and get better at who we are.”
Florida State Junior Center Adut Bulgak
Q: Do you feel like there was an added pressure coming in as the team’s leading rebounder?
“We always have an emphasis on rebounding . My teammates boxing out allowed me to find open gaps. I didn’t feel a lot of pressure. It shouldn’t be pressure when it’s something you do all the time”
Q: Can you talk about Morgan? (To: Adut Bulgak)
“She’s a great shooter. I can count on her. She sees something I don’t and she gets the ball to me right where I want it. It makes it easy”
Florida State Sophomore Guard Leticia Romero
Q: How did your offensive seem in sync in the second half?
“I think we are all on the same page and we all know what we want. We practice hard and we make plays together. I think at the beginning we played well, but the shots didn’t come in. I love this team. How we play together, how we are all on the same page. That is so important for us.”