Division I Women's Basketball notes and quotesMarch 21, 2006


Mark Trakh, USC Head Coach:
opening Statement
I just felt that Duke outstanding. They are an outstanding team. They have size, their athletic, they have speed and quickness, they have kids that can shoot the ball, obviously they have a great inside game. I was very impressed with that team, and I am pulling for them to win the national championship, so we can say we played the national champion in the second round. I think the game was good for our kids to see a team like that, and what they have to aspire to be and to play at that level. Were going to make this a learning experience. I said that I am more proud of this team than any team Ive coached in 25 years after a win, and Ill say it after a loss. We finished 19-12, finished in the second round of the NCAA tournament, overcame a lot of obstacles and injuries, and the kids never gave up. I thought they played really really hard, and thats all I can ask. I said if you give 100% and you lose the game at whatever score, so be it. At least we can fly back home and know that we gave 100%. I think they fought very hard, its just like I said. Duke is an outstanding team and I think they will go pretty far in the tournament.

They were bringing in waves of players, and one kid made a play. I dont know who it was, but I was like man, a reserve in the game makes a play like that. My assistant coach looked at me and said that was a McDonalds All-American. So that kind of tells you the kind of wave they bring in. They just have so much depth. The big guards can handle the ball, so what do you take away? They have a great inside game, and play around the perimeter real well. Three-pointers is what kept us in a lot of games, and we couldnt get a lot of shots off. Its like every couple of minutes you saw fresh bodies out there. They are built for this tournament right now. Thats why I think they can go pretty deep.

Meghan Gnekow, Forward:
on shortage of players due to injuries
They are an outstanding basketball team, and I know all of us left everything out on the court. We really didnt have anything left in us at the end.

on being undermanned
Weve had eight players for some weeks now. Thats what weve been practicing with. We knew they had a lot of subs. Everyone team does really. I think that we had the most injuries of any team in the country. We just worked on our conditioning, and we knew they were just going to keep fresh bodies in because thats what every team does.

Chloe Kerr, Forward:
on playing against Alison Bales
I actually played against her in high school, so I knew what works against her and what didnt. I just tried my best to go around her. She is tall so you cant shoot over her. I got my shot blocked three times. She is a great player so I just worked with what I had.


Gail Goestenkors, Duke Head Coach:
opening Statement
Im very proud of my team. I thought we came out very focused and with great energy. I thought we set the tone early with our defensive intensity. USC is an exceptional team and we knew they would never give up. They are extremely talented and I thought we were able to take away some of the things they like to do. I really just think we set the tone with our defense. We turned the ball a little much in the second half, and I thought we lost our focus a little on that end. overall, Im pretty pleased with our team effort.

on being pleased with Dukes performance
I am very pleased. Rebounds are something we have really focused on in practice, and Im really pleased that what we are working on in practice is showing up in games.

on Dukes depth
In really tight games I dont go as deep as I did tonight. We had a little cushion and I knew we wanted to play as many players as I could to wear them down. We talked about the last five minutes of both halves that it would be tough for them to have much energy to stay with us, so we wanted to push the ball from the tip and we wanted to play pressure defense to try and wear them down a bit. It was fortunate I was able to play everybody, everybody always doesnt get to play.

Mistie Williams, Forward:
on winning in consecutive blowouts
It definitely restores our confidence. I think losing to Carolina and then to Maryland, those were tough losses. But I think we played them at the right time, because it gave the team a lot of motivation to come into the tournament. Everything happens for a reason I think, it was just our time for those losses, and we learned from it. Were positive with one another and its showing in the tournament.

Alison Bales, Center:
on winning in consecutive blowouts
on the stat sheet it looked like I did pretty well, but I think those first two shots set the mood and opened up the lanes so much. We had a couple high low shots and inside moves.

Abby Waner, Guard:
on how team continued to push ball up court all game
From the beginning of the season, thats always been one of our strengths because we are so deep and we all have fresh legs coming in. So especially against a team like USC who we know are down a few players, were trying to push the ball as much as we can to wear them down, and it paid off for us towards the end of the game.

USC Women of Troy - Second Round Team Notes

- USC completes its 2005-06 season with a 19-11 and falls to 29-13 in the NCAA Tournament in its 14th trip to the tournament.

- USC is now 0-2 against the Blue Devils and allowed the most points this season to Duke (95) in the tournament.

- The Women of Troy fall to 2-7 against opponents ranked in the top 25 at the time of play.

- The Women of Troy finish the season with 211 three-point field goals made. This is the single-season school record, clearing the previous record of 191 in the 2004-05 season.

- USC also finishes the season with 644 three-point field goals attempted, which is a single-season school record.

- Junior guard Eshaya Murphy
** Has scored in double-figures 29 of USCs 30 games this season. She has scored in 25 games straight with double-figures dating back to Dec. 5, 2005 vs. Cal State Fullerton.
** Finished the season ranked second among USCs individual single-season records with 69 three-point field goals made.

- Camille LeNoir finished the season ranked fifth in USCs three-point field goals made in a single-season with 46. She also finished ninth in the single-season assist record after handing out 127 assists this season.

- Senior guard/forward Meghan Gnekow
** Finished the season with 239 points, and completed her career with 1,121 points.
** Pulled down 774 career rebounds at USC.

Duke Blue Devils Second Round Team Notes

- With the victory, Gail Goestenkors notched her 31st NCAA Tournament win, which ranks tied for sixth on the NCAA all-time list.

- Duke will be making its ninth consecutive NCAA regional appearance which ranks as the third-longest current streak in the NCAA behind Tennessee (25) and Connecticut (13).

- With her two three-pointers on the night, Abby Waner now owns 42 for her career, which ranks first on Dukes freshman single-season charts. She broke Wanisha Smith and Jenni Krafts record of 41.

- With her four assists, Monique Currie became the first player in ACC history to register over 2,000 points, 800 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals. She owns 2,056 points, 852 rebounds, 404 assists and 222 steals.

- Alison Bales now owns 29 career blocks in the NCAA Tournament, which ranks fourth all-time in NCAA Tournament play. Her six blocks also tied the Duke single game NCAA Tournament record.

- In shoot around on Tuesday, junior Lindsey Harding suffered a lower back strain, but went on to start her 31st contest of the season. She played 25 minutes, while dishing out six assists and scoring four points.

- Duke held a 59-28 rebounding advantage in the game. In two games in Norfolk, the Blue Devils held a 119-56.

- With her two three-pointers made on the evening, Jessica Foley moved into tied for 22nd place on the ACC career three-pointers made list with 171. Foleys 171 three-pointers also ranks tied for second on Dukes career charts.

- Alison Bales collected a career-high 22 points in 26 minutes marking her third double-figure scoring game over the last five contests. She also added nine rebounds and six blocks.

- Duke held a 30-10 points off the bench advantage.

- For the second straight game, Duke blocked 10 or more shots as the Blue Devils finished with 10 on the night.

- Monique Currie moved into sole possession of 12th place on the ACC career scoring list with 2,056 points. She had 14 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

- Lindsey Harding moved into a tie for seventh place on Dukes single season assist list with her six in the game. She now owns 140 on the year.

- The Blue Devils will next take on 16th-ranked Michigan State on Sunday in the NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals.