Jan. 5, 2007
MSU Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie
It was just a great basketball game. Felisha is great. Her staff is great. Her players play very, very hard. It was just a hard-fought, great game. I am sorry that it couldn't be seen by all our fans. I loved our team's heart and hustle. I'm very proud of our team. They were very focused when they needed to be. I think we made some good plays down the stretch that made the difference. I do think you have to get in the habit of making big plays in order to move forward and be able to prepare for March. Without question, this game made us a whole lot better.
On the team's early 13-4 lead...
First of all, we're on the road. Some of those quick starts can really come back to bite you. I didn't like that quick start, really, from a standpoint of we were getting a little soft on defense. It was looking, like, somehow it would be a repeat (of Dec. 28's 74-49 win over Indiana), but in my mind, I knew it wouldn't be.
On the adversity the team faced in the game...
Two kids went down with ankle injuries in the middle of the game, Allyssa DeHaan and Victoria Lucas-Perry. We faced some adversity. There just seemed to be a lot of different things going on. I credit Indiana. Obviously, they played much better. We did some things better, but it wasn't our `A' game. With 11 assists to 22 turnovers, the game wasn't our best, but I thought we made great plays. I think on any given night, it's a different situation. Our team understands that.
MSU senior guard Rene Haynes
On hitting the shot that sent the game to overtime...
I think it was just a matter of teamwork. Victoria (Lucas-Perry) drew about three people to her to dish it. I think it's all just togetherness. Anything can happen when you work together, when you are just willing to go beyond to make things happen. I think that's what happened out there tonight.
On becoming the 17th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points...
I think it's a blessing, first of all, to be able to accomplish getting 1,000 points. I've had some great players in my time at Michigan State. It's a wonderful thing to be a part of Michigan State basketball and to be able to get 1,000 points with my sisters is more than anybody could ask. We're out there just trying to work. We're blue-collar and tonight we really showed that. Anything can happen. Like we always say, `Overtime is our time.' We just have to work together to make the impossible possible.