#AztecWBB-Air Force Postgame Quotes
March 10, 2014
LAS VEGAS -Stacie Terry: Just really happy we got the victory tonight. I thought Air Force came out and gave us a really good game.
Their record does not reflect how good they are. I just want to give them so much credit because they play hard and play everybody tough. I admire that about that team.
So excited for us to get the win, but thought we have a lot of things to improve on. One thing I'm most proud of, we had 17 assists, which is huge for us. We're playing shorthanded without a point guard. For us to take care of the ball and share the ball like we did tonight is a good omen for us going forward.
Q. You were up 50 42, Air Force scores three quick baskets about five minutes to go. What is the mindset as you were in the timeout talking over the strategy?
Q. Sometimes a natural tendency with a team like Air Force, their record, teams can overlook them a little bit. Did you have any of those thoughts coming into this game?
Q. Last year you entered as the heavy favorite coming into the tournament. You made the championship game but fell short. Does that motivate at all coming back this year and playing?
But just being there, I got to watch the last game, I knew we were a better team, we want to get back to that spot and get the win.
Q. Can you talk about the offensive glass there the last few minutes. You were strong. Was that a matter of you being a little bit more aggressive and attacking the basketball in those situations?
Q. Quick turnaround going into tomorrow's game. Nevada got you the first time going in. What are you going to look to do differently?
We need to rebound the ball. We need to rebound the ball better. We need to take care of the ball to have an opportunity. We're shooting such a very high percentage from the field, we shoot ourselves in the foot and turn ourselves over.
We didn't have opportunities to score. But they're a very good team and can score a lot of different ways. They have bigs that can match up with our bigs. They have guards that can shoot the ball and beat people off the bounce. They're tough guards. We have to go back and prepare and give a good effort to be competitive.
Q. You're playing without a point guard right now. I thought your girls did a good job of making the extra passes to get open looks. Is that something you were working on in practice?
Air Force did a great job taking that away. That being said, our guards were patient, knocked down shots when they needed to. Chloe Johnson had seven assists for us. She was amazing for us. If she can play steady like that, we'll be good.
You're right, we're playing point guard by committee. Khristina is a point forward. We've made many references to Magic Johnson. They probably don't even remember who that is, they're so young.
Like I said, if we get a shot up, that's good for us. Our offense is offensive rebounding and getting a second chance. They did a great job taking that away from us tonight. We were very resilient, got some big boards down the stretch that we needed to win.
AIR FORCE COACH ANDREA WILLIAMS: It's the best game we played all year. It was great team energy, effort, focus from the tip with our scouting report, what we wanted to do. Especially the short turnaround.
I was proud of how they came out both halves. It's usually been the story of us, one half better than the other. Puts us in the hole, where we're up and can't sustain. Good to have that team energy and focus and execution tonight. No better place than the tournament.
Q. Jimi, you were able to tie the score at 50 late in the second half. What was the confidence level when you were able to tie the score?
Then we thought the focus was there, the energy was there. Then we just, you know, couldn't get them off the boards. They were able to make another run. It was a little too late for us to make a final push to get back and beat 'em, so...
Q. If you could talk about the rebounding advantage San Diego State had towards the end.
Q. Camille, this has to be a tough season for you, not a lot of victories. What was the mindset coming into the tournament? Was it loose, positive?
Q. Talk about defending Cierra Warren from San Diego State?
That was basically our mindset, do everything we could, push back for her not to be able to score and take away her feet as well.
Q. The last few minutes, San Diego State taking over the glass, was that something about them being more aggressive or the ball bouncing their way?
They went on a run, second chance points hurt us. Rebound put back. They're terrific athletes. Cierra Warren is phenomenal. All league player.
Again, our kids battled, fought back. One of our focuses was rebounding and trying to make it closer than it has been than before, try not to give up. You know they're going to come after you, it's tournament time.
Q. You mentioned the battle and fight of the team. How proud were you they were able to stick with it for all 40 minutes?
We're going to need our big two to score for us to be in a game. The first half against Boise, those two didn't score. You can imagine what our offense is going to be.
For them to refocus, short turnaround, tournament time. These seniors were part of the group that won the first games three years ago. They tried to reiterate that to the freshmen that that can be done and set that legacy for them.
It was good to see. It was great energy, effort, focus for the 40 minutes, the two halves, what we needed to do all year, able to get Ashton Williams back on the floor after being injured. Again, Missy Byrd trying to be another rebounding force for us.
They didn't quit. The energy, focus and positivity is great. It's a great locker room that we have.