UConn Head Coach Geno Auriemma
On UConn’s performance:
“We always want to make sure we don’t have to depend on one or two people all the time. I wish our guards would shoot the ball more consistently; we have stretches where we shoot great and make every shot, and then we have stretches where we struggle a little bit. Tonight, the only downside was that we didn’t shoot the ball well from the perimeter. But everything else, everyone that played did something well.”
On the few remaining games for the seniors:
“There’s a pattern to the way this works. When kids come in as freshman, they really do think that four years is a long time because there are so many more games than they’re used to playing in high school. It’s incredibly fast to process, even more so than they think. For us as coaches, we try to give them many opportunities to be cognizant of the moment because there aren’t many moments left. We hope that we can help them maximize and enjoy it, as opposed to the fear that comes with, ‘it’s ending,’ which is going to set in at some point. Between now and the end, I want them to really enjoy it, and it seems like they are.”
UCF Head Coach Joi Williams
On what UConn's defense did to make it difficult offensively:
"They're long at every position. We didn't do a good job of taking care of the basketball. I told our team that it’s hard to pass over them, so you have to take care of the basketball. We did not do a good job of that. I think their length gives people problems."
On the performance of Gabby Williams:
"Outstanding. I thought she was very good. She can be a dominant player for them. She's aggressive to the ball, she rebounds well and can take you off the dribble. I was really impressed with her."
On UConn's balance:
"They've got great balance. Morgan Tuck being out tonight, they didn't miss a beat. I thought they were very good. Again, they're long. They can do a lot of things to hurt you. They can switch defensively at every position because they're agile. I think they have every weapon. It's tough place to play."
Senior guard Moriah Jefferson
On being a UConn player:
“We never know who is going to have that many points because the ball is always moving. Each game somebody else is doing something different, so it’s always exciting when you have a team that can share the ball like that.”
Sophomore guard Gabby Williams
On the past week in practice:
“These last few practices have been really tough. I’m glad that today was rewarding. Everything from practice transferred over, mainly defense. We’ve been spending a lot of time on defense; better ball pressure, getting in the passing lanes, everybody talking and being helpful on defense.”
“The mindset every time is to try to be a spark. I see where we’re lacking energy and I try to bring it.”