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Post-Game Quotes



Nov. 29, 2007

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Michigan State Head Coach Suzy Merchant

On Lauren Aitch's minutes ...
I think she is a big key to the success of our team. She has some quickness which she is able to produce. I think she is really excited about the opportunity she has. She just needs to be consistent. I feel that Lauren is one of our better offensive rebounders.

On few team fouls at half ...
One of our top-10 team goals is to have seven or fewer fouls in a half. We don't have much depth to extend. Having DeHaan is a blessing, since she is able to control it down there. We would have had trouble playing man against Clemson; so, we built a wall, and shut them down.

Clemson Head Coach Cristy McKinney

Opening comments...
We knew what they wanted to do, and they just whipped us, in the post especially. They went to their strengths, and they did a good job. We didn't do a very good job on a lot of things.

On the play of MSU center Allyssa DeHaan...
You have got to play really, really hard to try to slow her down. You're not going to stop her; she's 6-9, and she's skilled, very skilled. You've got to play with a lot of intensity, and you've got to do a lot of things a lot better than we did.

On what Clemson did to adjust to MSU's fast start...
I felt like we started trying to get steals, and we started taking chances. They're a disciplined ball club, and they're fundamental. So when we made mistakes defensively trying to over-play or do something, they took advantage of it. We went through like an eight-minute stretch right there where that's what we were doing, and they were taking advantage of that. And it kind of separated it right there.

On MSU's post play...
We just got whipped in the post by everybody in the post. (MSU center Lauren) Aitch played very well - she played harder than our (centers) did. She just worked harder; she was smarter. We did a very poor job of jumping to the ball. Our positioning was terrible all night, and they took advantage of it.




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