March 1, 2014
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On Stefanie Dolson dancing on the court:
"I have seen enough of it over the last four years. It reminded me of that great line from "A League of their Own"..."I have seen enough to know that I've seen too much"...it is kind of how I felt."
On what this day meant for Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson:
"I was a little worried about Bria. She doesn't look like it or act like it, but she is a very emotional person. I figured she would probably struggle a bit early on and she did, but once she got rolling, she did exactly what she always does in big games. She played well. You can't measure what Stefanie does on points. She just continues to get better and better with time and that is the way it is supposed to be on senior night. You are supposed to play well, you are supposed to enjoy yourself out there...and they did."
On Stefanie Dolson's twelve rebounds tonight:
"It is a lot of rebounds. When she was a freshman I did not recruit her for her rebounding. I did not know how many rebounds she would get because she didn't strike me as a great rebounder her freshman year. It has taken awhile for her to understand, to go get the ball, and I am really proud of her because that was not one of her strengths coming out of high school. She has worked really hard on it. She deserves to be in that group. She is so unselfish and does so many things for so many people. It is good for her to be recognized like that with some of the all-time greats that we have had here."
On the game Monday vs. Louisville for the American Athletic Conference regular season championship:
"They want a share of the title and they are going to have to beat us to get it. We don't share very well here at Connecticut. We are not into having parades if you tie for the League Championship. If we want to win it outright, then we will have to beat a really good team on their home court in front of a sold out building. Maybe that is the way it should be. There are two big games tomorrow night. Rutgers and South Florida are playing for three and four, while we are playing Louisville for one and two seeding. It comes down to the last day...it means a lot and I am sure they are off the charts ready to play, Louisville is. We are a little tired getting home at 3:30 AM on Wednesday didn't do us any favors. We are a little tired, we talked about that after the game because that Texas trip didn't come at the best time for us. Every team in the country is tired right now to some degree. However, come Monday night we will be ready."
On your enthusiasm for Senior Night:
"I told you I would have something planned. I had no idea what I was going to do for Senior Night. I wasn't even sure if the music would be loud enough, so it was really last minute. I just winged it, it was a lot of fun. It was partially to keep me from crying. I figured what better way to go out then the way I came in...dancing."
On being able to share tonight with Bria Hartley:
"Today was so special. The environment tonight was amazing to have all of these fans come out for the two of us. To be able to share it with Bria, we came in together as freshmen and endured such similar journeys throughout our careers. To be able to end it together is a moment we will never forget."
On the future this season:
"We are excited, we are always excited for big games. I think our team has done good job of staying focused, especially when we play a really good team or a ranked opponent. We are going to give them our best."
What were your emotions prior to Senior Night?
"I don't think they were too bad. I think that we have warmed up like that so many times so it easy to go out there and stay focused. There were a couple times when I'd go out there, see my family, and wave. Sometimes I don't always do that during games so it was cool. Like I said, you go out there, stay focused on the game, and stay focused on what is going on."
On the team's mentality tonight:
"I don't think we had a ton of pressure. We wanted to make sure that we won this game. One of the worst games to lose is senior night for your seniors because they deserve to win their last game."
Rutgers Head Coach C. Vivian Stringer
On not having Kahleah Cooper available today
“We’re obviously not very deep offensively. I think Kahleah was our highest scorer when we played them at our place. What is important about Kahleah is the way she scores. Connecticut has people that aren’t here as well. We just don’t have the depth. I was thinking that prior to this game, (Betnijah) Laney and Kahleah play together extremely well. They see each other very well. A lot of their passes are not by design. We found out about her injury last night and it was disappointing.”
On Rutgers’ offensive performance today
“Nothing was right. Without a question, Tyler Scaife was not having her best day, Betnijah (Laney) was struggling. We were not in sync. I’m not saying that UConn wasn’t the creator of that, they were. We’re just struggling along.”
Rutgers' Benijah Laney
On playing UConn
“It’s a challenging task. I think we have to communicate, and I don’t think we did a good job of it. There were too many times where we won’t locating the shooters or they were getting open layups. It is a difficult task and it’s something we’re going to have to work on.”