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UConn/Tulane Quotes

Jan. 22, 2017

Uconn head coach Geno Auriemma

On Katie Lou Samuelson:

"Based on the way the game started out it didn't look like she was going to have a game that I would have liked, but then she got herself on track and started making plays. I think getting out on transition really helped her play better tonight."

On Katie Lou Samuelson's toughness:

"To start 0-5 and finish 11-18 is pretty impressive. Sometimes when you are a shooter like she is, and the shots don't go in the basket right from the start, some players will start panicking. She did a great job of staying focused and playing well."

On playing aggressively:

"For the most part, these last 4 or 5 days we tried to focus on getting in the passing lanes and being more active on defense. We have to be careful though because if we get the wrong guys going to the bench with fouls then we are not a very good team."

Junior guard Kia Nurse



On the way she's playing:

"Right now, I feel like where my game is is where it needs to be. For me that’s good, that's a place where I can be comfortable, make plays for other people, knock in open shots, and play some good defense."

On forcing turnovers:

"For us, when we go out, we put a lot of pressure on them and forced some steals and then translated that to offense. That's a boost of energy for everyone on the team and that's something we take pride in. We did a good job at putting pressure on defense."

Sophomore guard/forward Katie Lou Samuelson

On playing well after a slow start:

"In the second quarter I knew I wasn't really playing well. I wasn't concerned with all the misses or having no points, I just felt like overall I wasn't contributing to the team so I just wanted to pick it up in that second quarter. I think last year it would've freaked me out a lot more but this year it doesn't really phase me when I start off missing."

On leading the team in steals:

"I don't know where those came from. We've been working on a lot of defense for the past couple of days, but coach was like there's no way you had seven steals. I was just trying to read the defense and get in the passing lanes."

Tulane head coach Lisa Stockton

On Kolby Morgan being able to get so many points today against UConn:

"I think she is a big time player. I was really excited to see her answer this challenge and step up today. She really played a tremendous game. Kolby has grown so much since we were here last year and I think you could see that today."

On if the team was consciously more aggressive going to the basket, and if the plan was to try to get some of the Huskies in foul trouble:

"Not necessarily. I think we wanted to be more aggressive offensively. I thought we wanted to get to the basket a little bit, but it wasn't necessarily to get to the free throw line. I know that the team did cheer when we got the first one, though."

On what this game told her about her team as a measuring-stick game:

"I think we had moments where we played really well, especially offensively we really shared the ball pretty well. Defensively, I'd like to see us be able to hold a little better than we did. I know that Leslie Vorpahl can play better than she played today. We play them again, so that will be our best measuring stick, when they come to New Orleans."