Michigan State 89, Purdue 73 Post-Game Quotes
 
 
 

 

 
 

Feb. 2, 2014

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Michigan State head coach Suzy Merchant

On the play of Jasmine Hines…
Yeah, she was a real difference marker. Getting her from off of the bench really got our offense going, where she did some nice things both defensively and rebounding wise. I think she just had to decide what kind of player she wanted to be, and I think within reason she didn’t over do it or over try. She let the game come to her and it was just nice to see her be the player she can be. I am really proud. A lot of it stemmed from a conversation her and I had the other day. It’s one thing to have an opportunity, but it’s another thing to do something when you get it. With that, I thought she was spectacular for us today.

On the development of Jasmine Hines…
I think a couple areas have really grown for her. First of all, she started out the game understanding that she can’t just be a power all the time player. We have really been working with her on her up-and-under game because she has power and people know that, so we just have to play it. So I thought we saw her early, even if she missed a couple it would be good. She was changing directions, working on her up-and-under, her post moves, and as she did that a couple of times she was able to keep her leverage and pin-and-seal, and obviously gain an advantage with her strength too. So it was nice to see her develop a little bit. The other side of the game that I think she has improved on, that we have been at her with and trying to get her more aggressive, is with defensive and offensive rebounds. I thought she was definitely a force in there. Then, after the last game against Wisconsin where she did not move her feet real well to get into position, I thought today’s effort she took a couple of charges and really did a nice job of not fouling. So it’s nice to see that growth and maturity.


 

 

On second-half play and return to form…
I don’t know, this is a tough situation to stay mentally charged, physically charged. It’s just a long season; it’s a grind. When you’re flat, you are playing Russian Roulette, but when you have energy and focus, and everybody is doing their jobs, you have a real good chance to win. It was nice to see us play well. I thought early in the first half we were very choppy, a little bit more one-on-one and didn’t play as well together. In the second half, definitely, I thought we came together both defensively and offensively.

On expectations of the team compared to the beginning of the season…
You know, we are getting better I think. I think people have become more accepting of the rules. We are playing better together for sure, but we are a team that can play like this [up and down motion with hand]. When you play three freshmen, and I start two of them, it can be a little bit of a bumpy road at times. Really, like I said to the girls, you are only as good as the next one which means we have to move on already. Unfortunately in this business, it is about that. So I like where we are at and I am happy that we won tonight. I would like to say that I am really good with Sharon Versyp and she is probably one of my best coaching friends in the league. I just want to say prayers for KK Houser and that situation, which doesn’t look good. She is a heck of a player who certainly means a lot to the Purdue Boilermakers, so my heart just goes out for both her and the Purdue family. I would like to let them know that the Michigan State Spartan family is thinking about them.

Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp

Opening statement…
We knew this was going to be a tough game. We only play Michigan State once. We were going back and forth in the first half. In the second half, they got out to a good start the first four minutes and then they started getting to the foul line and beating us on the boards. Again, we were trying to fight back, then one of our players went down and after that it was a little bit harder to fight. Michigan State obviously played exceptionally well today. I wish them the best of luck the rest of the year.

On KK Houser…
We’ll have our doctors check it out, but I’ll just say it’s 50-50 right now, ACL.

On the mood of the locker room…
It wasn’t pretty. Everybody was just around her crying and praying for her for the last 30 minutes.

On how Jasmine Hines was a factor for Michigan State…
Jasmine started off really well for them. We’ve seen her play against other teams and she wasn’t as effective. We had size on her and then obviously someone smaller on her. She was really effective, really scored and knocked down her shots, where before she hasn’t scored as much.

On how they would move forward without KK Houser in these next few weeks…
I’ll worry about that tomorrow. Right now there’s too much emotion. She’s a fifth-year senior who’s played her heart out for Purdue and has led our team. I’m not even going there.

On when Houser will have her knee looked at…
First thing tomorrow morning with our doctors. We want to make sure we see everything with the MRI and all of that to see what damage has been done.

On the lack of Courtney Moses…
Part of it was their defense, part of it was she wasn’t moving exceptionally well to the basketball. We were trying to go inside quite a bit. In the second half, she was in foul trouble and was barely on the floor. Again, we’ll just have to regroup and move forward.

On April Wilson…
I told April she’s got to get out there and make something happen. We weren’t going off the bounce very well or attacking the hole. We really needed her to take over defensively and offensively. I was pleased with her fight and Whitney’s [Bays] fight.

On what the key factors were for Michigan State to get the lead in the second half…
They really attacked the basket. Then they were really crashing us on the boards and we weren’t boxing out. If you can’t box out, you’re not going to be able to do anything very well. Then they got in transition offense. That’s kind of what they did at the end of the first half, then they carried it over into the second half. We didn’t get out to a good start in the second half.