March 23, 2009

IOWA POST-GAME QUOTES

Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder Opening Statement "First off I want to thank everyone that came out for the game, we had great support here tonight. A tough time to play and the Hawkeye fans still came out and I just really appreciate the support and commitment that they made to this basketball team over the course of the year, but particularly tonight, it was really, really gratifying to see. And also just for Iowa, for the administration to committing to undertake this event. It's a major event and for them to commit to do this it really shows the support they have here for women's basketball. So I'm very grateful for that. I'm also grateful for the five seniors. The game didn't go the way we wanted it to..."

On the problems Georgia Tech caused defensively "They did a tremendous job penetrating. I think we had an exceptional weak side defensive help to clog up the paint, we gave up way too many paint points tonight. Some of that was the rebounding, some of that was our interior defense. But definitely we got beat off the dribble too many times."

On Georgia Tech previously playing at Carver "I think it helped them because they knew they were coming in here 1-0 on our home court against us. So I think mentally that's a good edge for them."

On Georgia Tech's press "I didn't think early in the game, in the first half particularly, the press was hurting us so much as we were really making some unforced errors and making some passing decisions that weren't so good in the quarter court. But obviously their press played a big part in the 17 turnovers, they shot the ball 67 times we shot the ball 47, our shooting percentages were about the same. But they had 20 more opportunities to shoot the ball, part of that was because of rebounding and part of that because of turnovers."

On senior class "I think with incredibly high regard. They obviously had a tremendous amount of success, but they will probably be remembered more for the people."

Iowa Senior Kristi Smith Forced pace was too fast/Defensive pressure "It all started with their press, you know. We would break it, but we would be in a panic almost. When we got in the corner court we just weren't running our offense quite right. I feel like we were forcing up some shots but we were just in too much of a panic I think."

Georgia Tech's dominance on the boards "To their credit you know, they're great crashers, and a great rebounding team. We didn't do a good job of boxing out, especially in the zone, and they took advantage of it."

Experience at Iowa "...Basically the same...I'm leaving here with a lot of great relationships. I learned a lot of good life lessons along the way. I'm glad that I met the people that I met here. I'm not necessarily happy with the way I ended my career, but it's been a good run."

Iowa Senior Wendy Ausdemore Experience at Iowa "It's been a great four years. We've had a lot of fun over the years. We've made it to the NCAA Tournament three out of the four years so, you know, it's exciting. I learned a lot...we'll both leave here, be better people because of what we've learned both on and off the court and forever be a Hawkeye."

Georgia Tech's answer to Iowa's runs "Yeah, it just seemed like when we got it within one, then we gave up an O board and that just kind of sparked their little run and they just kind of went from there. I'm proud of the way the team fought. We did get it back within one right after half, then they went on that little run, like I said, there's just the O boards and they were just more aggressive."