Michigan State-Rutgers Postgame Quotes

Jan. 28, 2007

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Michigan State Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie

Opening Statement...
I thought that was an interesting basketball game. It was very physical, a good, strong basketball game. I thought their crowd was great. It was a great environment for women's basketball, which is always nice. It's very simple: rebounding. They rebounded. We didn't. That's the game right there. They did a great job on the boards. We did a very poor jobs on the boards.

On the changes to the starting lineup...
I like to mix up lineups. You have to earn it. You have to be stellar to be in the lineup all the time. It's something you have to continue to work for. We had a very poor game at Penn State, so I like to mix it up and give people opportunity. People need to be intense and have fun out there. That's kind of a prerequisite. I felt at Penn State, we really were soft and a little sloppy in a lot of areas. We had a couple changes in the lineup, not just Allyssa (DeHaan). Courtney Davidson also started for the first time, too.

On being out-rebounded and getting to the line for only 10 free throws...
I think we're an excellent free-throw shooting team. I don't think we shot great. Sixty percent isn't very good. We better get to the line a lot more often. The attacking piece of free-throw shooting, yes, getting to the line more aggressively and at the same time rebounding and getting after the ball is something we need to do. You have to want it. You have to go for it hard. Obviously, they had Kia Vaughn, who wanted that ball and scooped up a lot of rebounds. That's an area that we need to improve on.