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UConn-Pitt Post Game Quotes

Feb. 26, 2013

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UConn Head Coach Geno Auriemma

On Breanna Stewart’s momentum:

“It’s important to get her some playing time. In the recent games she’s gotten more comfortable at both ends of the floor, she feels a lot better about herself now and hopefully that carries over into the weekend.”

On Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis’ playing time:

“Everybody else I find a reason to take them out, I just don’t find a reason to take her out right now. It’s never a bad thing to have Kaleena out on the floor.”

On the maturity and energy of the team during tonight’s game:

“A game is a game. It’s on the schedule and you have to play it. We have no control over anybody’s record, we have control over how we play and how well you will execute…you can’t make those decisions based on what the other team’s record is. We try to teach our team to play the same way no matter who we have to play and it’s hard, so we need some good leadership from the upperclassmen and it just carries over to everyone else.”

On the challenges going to play South Florida at Tampa:

“The challenge is the fact that they have a really good team. They are just playing really well and are getting a lot of contributions from more than one person. The one positive is that we are not going to be down there long enough to get sidetracked with being in Tampa.”

Freshman Forward Breanna Stewart

On getting out of the funk and playing better:

“I think I’m doing more and being more active. I’m not sure if anything triggered it. It’s just I didn’t want to be playing poorly anymore so I made the decision to go and change the way I was playing.”

On if she understands her importance to the team:

“I think I do. I think as this year has come along, I have really begun to understand what my role is. I’m just glad to help the team in any way I can. I just really have to focus on going out and being aggressive.

On being ready for a rough patch as a freshman:

“I think we all know that during the transition from high school to college everything is not going to go the way you wanted it to. If it did, then it would be too easy. I definitely knew about it but I obviously would have rather it didn’t happen.”

Sophomore Forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

On the most important thing she does for the team:

“It has to be rebounding because I have been trying so hard to get better at it and be consistent. Coach has been challenging Kelly Faris and me to go after every rebound. It’s kind of a challenge between us to see who can get more rebounds every game.”

On what the team needs to improve on most down the stretch:

“I think we just need to be tough. In order for our team to be as good as we can be, our guards have to be tougher and mentally stronger when it comes down to big moments.”

On comparing this team to last year’s team:

“I feel like this team has a lot more depth. I feel like our overall thought process is different. We definitely have our ups and downs, but I think for the most part we are all on the same page as far as doing the right things.”

Pittsburgh Head Coach Agnus Berenato

Opening Statement:

“We panicked and threw some shots up.  I thought the first nine minutes were pretty good and then we went into a drought and didn’t score for the last nine minutes [of the first half].  I just had to go ahead and scratch [the game plan].  I think Connecticut could win the BIG EAST and the National Championship.”

How do you keep the frustration level low?

“I think this team is really resilient.  As long as we keep learning and keep working hard; the kids work really hard, they come every day to practice.  That’s incredible when you think about it.  We don’t have meltdowns as a staff, we don’t feel bad, we don’t feel sorry for ourselves, we don’t stop working so I think it starts from the top.”