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Practice Day Quotes - Robert Morris (March 18)

March 18, 2016

2016 NCAA Division I women’s basketball championship

First Round · UConn vs. Robert Morris

Gampel Pavilion · Storrs, Conn.

Friday, March 18


Pracitce Day Quotes - No. 16 Seed Robert Morris 

Sal Buscaglia, Robert Morris Head Coach

On simulating UConn in practice:

“It’s very difficult. We have an assistant coach, Scott, who was a pretty good player in college and the other day we were in film session and he’s about 6’3 or 6’4, slender and solidly built. I said to him, ‘You’re as good as Stewart,’ and he said, ‘Coach, no I’m not,’ and I said, ‘No, I think you are.’ Then Coach P said, ‘I don’t think he is. I really think Stewart is better than him but I didn’t want to hurt his feelings.’”



On the momentum of the team:

“I think anytime that you feel good about yourself, winning six games in a row no matter who you’re playing is better than not feeling good about yourself. We won three games prior to our tournament. We had a lot of hiccups during the year trying to find what we do best. I think we found that and we really came together.”

Mikalah Mulrain, Robert Morris Center

On what it was like to win the Prudential Championship representing Ontario two years in a row:

“I think it was a great experience, because that was my first time being a part of something like that. So just being able to represent and play together with a bunch of girls from all over Ontario, it was a really great experience for me. It really opened more doors for me in basketball.”

On if she was hoping to play UConn and get a chance to play Kia Nurse:

“They were one team I expected to play. I was excited when I found out we were actually going to play them. It’s going to be a good opportunity and a good challenge.”

On what she learned about Kia Nurse being her teammate for those years:

“I know she’s a really fun, outgoing person. She worked hard all the time. She never settled. I always knew she’d be a good person to be friends with and stay in contact with. I’m excited to see her.”

On their coach retiring and how much the NCAA Tournament ride means because of that:

“I’m really enjoying it. I was also happy to win the NEC Championship for coach Sal (Buscaglia) especially because it’s his last year here. Also winning at Sacred Heart, which is something we haven’t done in eight years or something. It’s good to leave on a good note like that. I’m proud of it.”

Anna Niki Stamolamprou, Robert Morris Guard

On why she came over to the U.S. to play and how she ended up at Robert Morris:

“A couple years ago, I was playing for my under-16 National Team and there were some scouters there that communicate with the coaches from the United States. I got recruited by many schools, but there was a Greek here, Artemis Spanou, who was the greatest player in the NEC I would say that talked to coach Sal (Buscaglia) about me. Then we started talking and coach Buscaglia came to Greece to visit me and my family and that’s how I ended up at RMU.”

On if she knew she wanted to play in the U.S.:

“I knew I wanted to take the extra step to leave Greece and come to the United States, but I wasn’t about going to a university. It was definitely something that I wanted to do since I was like ten years old.”

On if it was a difficult transition for her:

“Not at all. We have a pretty international team. We have so many internationals from France, Italy, Canada, Spain so the transition was easy.”

On if the U.S. has a different style of play:

“Here the game is more physical than back in Europe. You have some different rules. The officials are calling the game differently, but at the same time, it’s basketball. Basketball is the same everywhere.”

Anna Niki Stamolamprou, Robert Morris Guard

On the attitude toward her coach’s last game:

“It’s been extra motivation since day one. We wanted him to finish his coaching career on a positive note and we’re going to play as hard as we can tomorrow to make him happy.”

Ashley Raveli, Robert Morris Guard

On the attitude toward her coach’s last game:

“We’re not going to approach this game any different than any other game we’ve played this season. That’s what the coaches want us to do so that’s what we are going to do.”

Lou Mataly, Robert Morris Guard

On playing in the tournament:

“The first time I was here, I was on the bench because of my injury. It makes this time pretty special since it’s the last year for me and Ashley. It’s an incredible experience and I will take the most out of it.”