Jan. 1, 2005
Utah Head Coach Elaine Elliott
On Kim Smith's 28-Point Effort
"We aren't putting a lot of points on the board right now. We're struggling finishing plays, so you need look for three or four kids that can break through for you."
On Pulling Away in the Second Half
"We talked at halftime about how we need to get more done with our defense. We made a defensive change and wanted the kids to have a little more freedom to try to get an enthusiasm and an energy on the defensive end. We thought maybe that would give us some opportunities on offense and I think that happened.
On The Victory
"It's a start. We're not there yet, and that's just the way it is. We'll get there. What we have to learn is to just get it done, whether it's easy or whether we just muddled through it."
Junior Forward Kim Smith
On Her 28-Point Game
"As one of the three captains on this team and one of the leaders, I think that you should always feel that responsibility to step up yourself. But you also want to get your teammates to step up and we had a discussion about that. That is what we were trying to do, get everybody to step up together."
On Her Many Easy Fast-Break Baskets
"We were a taller team and I knew our bigs could pull the rebound. So I knew I could take off early and get an easy basket."
On the Second Half
"We knew that we needed to come back and keep working. They are a hard-working team and we knew they were never going to quit, never going to give up. So going into the second half we knew we needed to get ourselves pumped up again."
On Getting Back in the Win Column
"That is what we are looking for, to get some momentum going into conference. This is a good game to build our confidence after two tough losses and that's what we need."