Nov. 22, 2006
Michigan State Coach Joanne P. McCallie
I just want to congratulate Hofstra. I thought they played an excellent basketball game and I think their seniors are special. (Former MSU assistant coach, former Hofstra head coach and current Indiana head coach) Felisha Leggette-Jack has a twinkle in her eye tonight as she looks at her team. They played beautiful. There were a lot of things we did not do. The bottom line is they were a more cohesive unit; they were the better team. They played more minutes than we decided to play and they deserve it. This is a lesson to the Michigan State Spartans.
On what was most frustrating...
The most frustrating thing was to see everybody go bananas the last 5 minutes and to realize that none of that intensity existed the first 35. We have to play every minute and be a 40-minute ball team. It's terrible to see a team do so many great things down the stretch and not get after it early. Missing No. 10 (Cigi McCollin) as much as we did in the first half gave her a lot of fuel and ammunition in the second half. The second chance play gave them eight more points. There is no excuse for the way we played. Hofstra played great team basketball. We'll have to take this lesson and get back to it.
On how the first half dictated the tone of the game...
The first half set a tone that was in Hofstra's favor. We didn't make the transition in between halves that we needed to make.
Hofstra Coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey
First of all, it's an incredible experience to come here to Michigan State. We came in feeling really confident. We knew we were up against tough competition and an incredible team, so we have been working all week. I'm extremely pleased with our girls' performance and the hospitality has been fantastic. We came in ready to roll and we felt confident we could take care of business working on our defensive schemes. I think it paid off.
On Hofstra's ability to stay tough on the offensive glass...
That's something that has been our weakness if you go back and look at our stats. We've been screening and doing box out drills all week. It's not that we couldn't (get rebounds), but we were just doing a lot of watching and that was a major point of emphasis. You can work on things all the time but the kids have to make a commitment and that's what they did tonight.