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UConn/ Fort Hays State Postgame Quotes

Nov. 1, 2017

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Geno Auriemma, Head Coach

Geno on Azurà Stevens

"She played pretty well. It was her first game she didn't shoot great from the perimeter you know? But she's anxious you can tell. She gives us a different presence at both ends of the floor, on defense and offense. We saw a little bit of everything today. I'm happy for her. I think she is going to be really, really good for us."


Geno on Katie Lou and getting those 'easy' baskets 

"Whenever we play, one of their [the other team's] focal point is 'how do we guard Lou.' So its not easy to get a lot of open looks. Lou has to work really hard to get those. The more we can get her out in the open floor the better."


Geno on the new players

"Our next game we play is Sunday and as the games go on they get a little bit better. The only negative of trying to play a lot of players is that your offense suffers. You cant possibly run good offense and get great shots every time down the floor."


Katie Lou Samuelson (Guard/Forward)
On adding new players, especially Azura Stevens:

"We're adding some great players, all the way to Z, all the freshmen, they're really talented. The younger guys definitely have a longer way to go than Z does, but having Z out there has been amazing. She probably couldn't have played better, especially on defense."


Kia Nurse (Guard)
On who played well tonight:

"I think we had a lot of contributions from a lot of different people. I think Pheesa [Napheesa Collier] was very good on defense, her ability to get in the lane and block shots and help us out, and then obviously knock down shots on the offensive end. I think Z [Azura Stevens] came alive tonight, I think she did a really good job on both ends of the floor for us, so that was exciting to see."


Azura Stevens (Forward/Guard)
On the difference between playing and practicing:

"I think it just adds another level of pressure, but you kind of force yourself to get it right because it's in a game, you don't have a couple chances to do it over. I'm trying to have that mentality of playing hard on every single possession seems to work out in your favor."