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UConn/SMU Postgame Quotes

Feb. 11, 2017

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UConn head coach Geno Auriemma

On Katie Lou Samuelson's toughness:

"That is never something I am very concerned with, on one side of the floor at least. You don't have the type of high school career she had if you didn't believe in yourself and have a certain level of toughness."

On the win streak:

"People get enamored over things that are unusual. It's pretty unusual to win 99 games in a row. Most people have treated us throughout this whole streak like it's not a big deal they should win every game. Now that we are approaching a significant number more people are paying attention and are more interested."

On losing a game:

"We are going to lose at some point. It's not an if, it's a when. Who is it that never loses? Even the sand at the beach loses to the ocean."

Sophomore forward Napheesa Collier

On the streak potentially reaching 100 games:

"I think that we realized that you know that it is a big deal that that we won that many games in a row so far, but I think we aren't really focusing on 100 for the next game we are focusing on South Carolina as a team, their strengths, and stopping them."

On playing South Carolina:

"I think that I hope to see our toughness come out because it is going to be a grind, they are a really good team so it is going to be a good game. I hope to see us fight through and hopefully come out."

Junior guard Kia Nurse

On Katie Lou Samuelson playing while sick:

"To do that is a testament to her mental toughness and who she is as a character and a teammate and thats something that we need."

On past players watching and supporting them:

"Obviously every single time we step out on the floor we understand that they are watching from a far. You see Stewie watching on her laptop occasionally from China. You know that they put so much effort into this program and they built it to what it is today. We have to go out and play Connecticut basketball to thank them for what they've done. "

Sophomore forward Katie Lou Samuelson

On playing while sick:

"There was some concern about if it was smart for me to sit out today or whatever. I knew that I definitely wanted to play and when coached asked me and I told him that I wanted to play today and he said okay."

On what she is looking forward to most Monday:

"I think just having such a great game and such a great atmosphere. Coach was saying he knows he's not going to have to worry about us being ready to go or excited for this game it's something that will come."

SMU head coach Travis Mays

 On how this was different from the first meeting:

"No. 1 we wanted to see if we could be better in our transition defense against one of the best, if not the best, transition teams in the country. Did I get that accomplished? Absolutely not. I think we gave up 30 fast break points, and a lot of those were off of some of our turnovers. The way to test and gauge how good you can be or how good you are, you go against the best team like that and it shows up. It shows our habits and we definitely didn't get that accomplished."

On putting this game behind him on focusing on Temple:

"Well you have to have a short memory. If you look at the facts and you look at the statistics, not many people come in and win here in Storrs. The thing is, you want to use this, I don't want to say as a practice game because you always want to give your best showing, but we had so many habits be exposed today. You want to learn from it, but a game like this you do have to put in the rearview mirror because it will be a different opponent. Even though it is another road game, you have to put it in the rearview mirror and be the best team you can be when you play Temple."

On what impresses you most about UConn and its streak:

"Their consistency. The thing is, and Geno might not agree with this, but you look at a team and they don't get complacent. When you win a certain amount of games and you know you've conquered probably a conference title, they don't get complacent. They still challenge themselves to try to play the perfect game. They try not to make mistakes. Sure they didn't play their A game against us, but we didn't challenge them enough to expose that. That's what impresses me the most, their consistency."