Michigan State 74, Old Dominion 48
Head Coach Suzy Merchant Post Game Press Conference Quotes
Nov. 26, 2008
On the Spartan zone defense...
We went to our zone. There's no question that it changed the flow of the game. The thing that worried me the most about playing the zone with them was being able to defend #45 and #24 inside the paint and then rebounding out of it. But I do think that it really changed the flow in both halves. The kids played it well. I thought that we did a nice job of rebounding out of it so we stayed with it and it proved to be effective.
We were struggling to defend their guard penetration. We were fouling too much so we decided we were going to try and work on that a little bit. The biggest thing is trying to rebound it and could we still double-team #45 when she caught it on the block. We had put a wrinkle in our zone to make sure we could do that.
On the offense and getting the fast break...
We got some rebounds and our guards are high on the wings. They aren't deep defending someone in the paint so they can really release and attack. I thought our back line did a good job of looking for them over the top and getting the pace going.
On Mia Johnson and Lauren Aitch...
I thought that both of them were extremely focused these last couple of days. I think Mia has a vision of where she wants to go as the only senior. I think that Lauren can really go at post people. She's good at running in transition. She's a very good rebounder and I just thought she was really on top of her game and focused tonight.
On getting the win...
You never want to get to high and you never want to get too low. Sometimes you catch a team on a night where you are playing good and they are not. I think that as a coach your job is to keep to the task at hand and focus on getting better. One of the things that I thought was positive was that we had to win the rebounding war and we did that. I thought that we took good care of the ball, especially in the second half. We only had three second half turnovers which was monstrous for us. So I think that we are getting better in that regard. So, like I said, you can never get too high and you can never get too low. All you can do is stay the course, get the team better, and put a game plan in for the next team you are going to play and stick to it. You have to just fight and compete and usually good things happen when you do that.