Nov. 14, 2010
Head coach Semeka Randall
On the game in general:
First of all, Louisville is a very good basketball team. They came right out of the blocks with something to prove. Their last outing against Tennessee wasn’t what they expected and they came here to prove a point. They sent that message loud and clear. For my group, I was very disappointed in the fact that we came out so tentative and nervous. There’s only so much you can do as a coach to try and get them to release those nerves. In the second half, we came back and we played with a more pride and started having some more success with some things, but we have to learn to do that right off the tip. It doesn’t matter what opponent you’re playing, you’ve just got to go out there and lay it all out on the line and have no fear in what you do. We’ll get back to the drawing board. We’ve got to get better as a team.
On whether the six days before the next game is a good or bad thing:
Well it depends. The players probably think it’s a bad thing, because that means a lot of film (to watch). But in fairness to them, it’s finals week, so they need to focus on that. They are students first.
On where Ohio will look for its offense to come from:
Moving forward, it will come from a variety of people. Obviously, Tenishia Benson has done a tremendous job of doing what she needs to do. I addressed the team to mention that people have to step up and help her. I believe Alesia Howard, once she gets in her groove and really figures it out, she’ll be fine. Kamille (Buckner) is the same way. If you think about it, over the last couple of games we did have Ashley Fowler in double digits, and I believe we had a couple other people that may have scored points for us as well. We’re not asking them to put up ten (points) and ten (rebounds), but rather just asking them to play their role and be who they are. I think sometimes they think that they’re role is bigger than it needs to be.
Junior Guard Tenishia Benson
On the mentality of the team:
It was the same mentality from the beginning of the game to the end of the game. There was really no change of mentality. It was just the simple fact that things started opening up. Because I came from the University of Cincinnati, I know how Louisville is. I know how a lot of the Big East teams are. You got to hit first in order to get a good foundation in a game. They are a tough team, and we knew that going into the game.
On playing after not playing for a while:
With getting back into the grove, I feel like I am getting there. I feel like physically it’s a little more challenging for me, because I am getting tight in my legs as minutes get along. I think it’s going to take a little bit of time, but it can’t take too much time.
Sophomore Guard Ashley Fowler
On the inability to score often on fast breaks:
We can’t get down on ourselves. We pushed the ball, but we kind of let what they were doing affect us. I think in practice we have got to pick it up and learn from this game. We don’t need to stop being who we are because of what the other team is doing.
On what the team can take away from this loss:
We can’t take a day off. We have to always do the little things. I don’t think there was anything major that we did wrong in this game, but it was all the little things. We learned that the little things may not have mattered much against Ohio Dominican, but when we play Louisville, those things are going to matter. We can’t take plays off. We need to be mentally tough.