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Quotes: UConn 75, Duke 40
Thursday 03/29/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Duke Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie

Opening Statement
I just want to say I'm really proud of our seniors. This was not a good game for us today, but Jasmine Thomas has been incredible and she was a little bit left on an island today with not as much help offensively. Jasmine, Karima Christmas and Krystal Thomas have all really been a fabric and backbone to what we have done all year long. It's been a great season, obviously that was not a very good basketball game today from our side, but it will provide us with a lot more lessons. We've got a ways to go to be where we want to be and today will provide a lot more lessons for the future. We are extremely proud of our seniors and the season that we've had....it's been a tremendous season.

On the difference between the first half and the second half
I think the difference was obviously their speed and we didn't come out like we needed to come out. Frankly, offensively, we were just horrible. To get eight points in the paint? C'mon, you can't beat anybody with eight points in the paint. You have to credit certainly their defense, but I was a little dismayed on hustle plays to be honest with you. I felt they beat us to the ball, they out-hustled us a bit on loose balls, certain plays in transition, not getting the two guards back and set to defend. We weren't too live, it wasn't like we were really playing an aggressive type of game that you need to play in a Game 4. That's something we need to work on, that's our process, and also you have to give credit to things they were doing as well.

On if it was difficult to teach Duke's young players to prepare for a player like Maya Moore in the NCAA Tournament
I do think it's a learning process with young players and new circumstances. Connecticut has not lost in the NCAA Tournament in three years, that's a lot of tradition for our kids to understand. I know Maya hit some nice shots and was terrific but I don't think that was it, I really don't - it was the balance that they presented. Everybody hit shots for them. I mean, a team that shoots 72 percent and we allow that, meaning we're not aggressive enough to get that stop in some form or fashion.

On the future of the team
There are some good lessons for us, some really interesting lessons for spring and summer.  Obviously,  I'm very fortunate, I'm grateful that we continue to persevere and give our young players these experiences. This is very, very important for us and our future since we'll be a freshmen and sophomore team next year. Again, you have to give credit to UConn, they shot 72 percent in the second half, 59 percent for the game, we didn't disrupt them much. They played terrifically, much better than they did against Georgetown which I'm sure they were trying to do. Just lessons for us, lessons that we'll take and learn from.

Senior guard  Jasmine Thomas

 On how the game got away from them in the second half
I think that the game started to get away from us in the first half with the transition defense. We came out in the second half and took some quick shots and then let them get going, and transitioned again with them getting some easy lay-ups.

On the season as a whole
I think we had a great season, we had a young team we grew together as a team. I had a great time playing with my two seniors; I mean, it's not over for us, there are great things in store for us and I know that this team is also going to bounce back and have a great year next year as well.

Senior guard Karima Christmas

 On the defensive battle against Maya Moore and how it changed from the first to second half
I think we just really lost contact with her. We let her get open shots in the high post, so she got going and got confident. We just really needed to bump her more and locate her and disrupt her shots which we didn't do.

On her feelings going into the locker room after the jump shot by Maya
We still thought we were in it. We were only down by 10. We tried to put pressure on her three-point shot which caused her to take the jumper, but I mean it didn't really deflate anything. We knew we should have stopped them so we could have gone into halftime under 10.

 


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