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UConn/USF Quotes

Jan. 10, 2017

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UConn head coach Geno Auriemma

On the 90-game win streak:

"For me it was more about how well the game went than the actual streak. We played those first 20 minutes like a team on a mission to accomplish something. Those first 20 minutes were the best 20 minutes of basketball that any of our players have ever been a part of." 

On the crowd helping the momentum:

"It's always nice when the home crowd is involved. We made a lot of highlight reel plays today to get them so involved. Sometimes our crowds wait a little while to be entertained but tonight they were loud from the beginning."

On Gabby Williams:

"If you have not seen Gabby Williams play basketball in person then you have no clue what she brings. She is the Lawrence Taylor of women's basketball. Whatever play you are trying to run is not going to happen." 

Junior guard Kia Nurse

On Gabby William's defense:

"I don't go up against her much, but, she's definitely disruptive in what she does. She reads the ball extremely well, she reads who she's defending and she comes out and makes plays."

On the game:

"It was a really fun game to be a part of. I think it was the energy that we came out with and the energy that we maintained throughout the game. Everyone was getting excited at the big plays we were making and when you play games like that it's pure fun, joy, and excitement."

On if the game felt different with the record:

"Yeah, in terms of how we played. I think coming into the game we understood that there was something that we could do, but at the same time it was how are we going to execute to win this game and play our best basketball."

Senior guard Saniya Chong

On the first half:

"I think it was our mindset. We just had to go out there and have fun and play hard. We had fun."

On getting to 90 wins:

"It means a lot. But, I'm not going to talk about it until we actually beat the record."

On being a part of all 90 wins:

"It's been pretty amazing just to be a part of it and make history and knowing that my name and my teammates’ names are also going way back with other girls’ names. It's pretty amazing."

USF head coach Jose Fernandez

On if he is surprised that UConn has kept the streak going:

"No because it's about the system and their culture."

On if it was a conscious decision to run with the Huskies early or if it just played out like that:

"That's our style. But when you don't make shots, you give a team must more possessions and that's what happened."

On what he says to the team after a loss like this:

"There has to be some kind of individual accountability for your play. We didn't get to the free throw line until the fourth quarter. We weren't aggressive enough offensively. The 50-50 balls, Connecticut got. Like I told them, they were like a kid in a candy store and they took our lunch money on the school yard. There was no passion, we were just content getting our asses kicked. And that's what happened."

On what UConn did defensively to take Laska out of the game:

"I thought they did a good of going no catch on her and they did a really good job switching. They (UConn) played great. They played really well. Talking to our staff, we have a lot of guys who haven't played against Connecticut. This is the worst margin of defeat we've ever had against them. We hadn't given up 100 points in my 17 years at USF. It's disappointing on how we performed and executed on both ends of the floor. They also had a lot to do with that."