Jan. 6, 2013
Utah head coach Anthony Levrets
I am really proud of our effort this weekend, playing against two very good teams. I don't think the score is indicative of what that battle was out there today. I told my team two things. We have to understand that we can't have moral victories anymore, we have to start putting some wins together, but understand that the conference schedule is a two-month long deal, not one weekend. Not that it ever is easy, but it balances out over the course of two months and we have to keep our heads up while we go out and continue to get better.
We shot the ball from three well tonight but we're shooting 38-percent in our own building and until the very end of the game we had the pace where we wanted it, especially at halftime, was right where we wanted it, and we only shot 31-percent in the first half. At least half of those misses were wide-open looks. But we've got to be able to know those down, especially at home. We feel like it's a strength of our team, and it was early in the season, for whatever reason right now we're not making those open shots and teams are committed to doubling down on Taryn in the post, and sometimes not even letting her get catches. When it comes out of there we have to be ready to make it. Really happy with Paige Crozon. That's what she's going to do for us, we just have to let her play. She can get some points up at the other end of the floor but she'll keep getting better defensively, but she can really score.
On Chiney Ogwumike:
She's really talented. Not only is she talented, she works hard, and on top of it you can tell that she's worked hard in the offseason because every year you come back she's added something to her game. When you have a player that's that talented and works that hard while she's playing and in the offseason that leads to what you see. She's a hell of a player. They do a great job with them there. We still think we have a good team. There is a long season left, we have some young kids who are still coming around. This schedule doesn't get any easier, but it's going to balance out, and I think our best basketball is ahead of us. We're disappointed that we didn't get a win this weekend, but we're not despondent and thinking that the end of the world is here.
On looking ahead to Colorado:
Our team is old. Our team believes that we are a good basketball team, and our team believes they are going to be playing in March. You've got kids who have been playing at a very high level for a long time around here, and I don't think that these losses are going to hurt our confidence in any way, shape or form. It's going to be the next night, and last year we had a one-possession game here against Colorado and we won in overtime there. I expect a close basketball game. It's going to be whoever makes the most plays down the stretch is probably going to win it. We've got to get rested, which is really hard with this schedule - to play the fourth-ranked team, the seventh-ranked team then get on an airplane and go play the 20th-ranked team on Tuesday. We'll go over there and we'll compete.