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Postgame Quotes: Maryland at No. 21 Virginia
Jan. 11, 2010 | John Paul Jones Arena

Virginia Head Coach Debbie Ryan
Opening Statement

“I felt like it was just a really physical and hard-fought game. I didn’t think we played very well offensively at times. When you force as many turnovers as we did and shoot 28 more shots than the other team you should win the game. One of the issues with all our missed shots is related to poor shot selection. I wouldn’t say all of them, but some of them. You have to credit Maryland – they played a great game tonight. They took advantage of every miscue that we had and they were able to score. There were possessions that we took off defensively that I felt we could have done a much better job.”

On Monica Wright breaking the school’s scoring record
“Monica is a special player to me and to this program. She has given her heart, her soul and her body. She has given us everything that she has every single minute, whether we are on or off the court. She gives and gives and gives. She exemplifies what the student-athlete is all about. She is very special in every way, shape and form. To have her have this record is tremendous. It is an awesome honor to how hard she has worked to put our program where it is today. I am very proud of her.”

On Maryland’s size
“I don’t think that was as much of a factor as was the fact that they opened up the game with Lori Bjork, and that really bugged me, the fact that we didn’t cover her very well. That was silliness; that is what she does, all you have to do is guard her. We didn’t do a very good job of that.”

On calling timeout after the missed free throw
“I felt like that was the best decision. I didn’t know who was going to get the rebound or who would end up with the ball so I just decided to bring it to me and call timeout. I don’t know if Monica (Wright) could have kept going; I don’t know if she looked. I felt like we were going to have the best shot if we brought it up and ran a half-court play.”

Senior guard Monica Wright
On breaking Virginia’s all-time scoring record
“It is definitely an hour to be in the same category as several basketball pioneers like Dawn Staley. I am definitely happy to be thought of in the same breath as her and she is someone who I look up to, someone who made Virginia basketball what it is along with Coach Ryan. It is an honor.”

On mixed emotions
“The fact that we lost the game is very overwhelming. I am disappointed. I am mad about the loss.”

On calling timeout
“We decided in the timeout prior to that one that we were going to get the rebound and call timeout. That was if she had scored both baskets. I saw in transition that their defense wasn’t set up. But we played it safe and went off of what we had decided before.”

On the last play of the game
“As soon as I got the ball, I turned, and there were three people around me. My first thought was to try and go (toward the basket). Then I realized there was another person coming toward me. Who can I dump it off to at the last minute? There weren’t that many options with three seconds left. I tried to go up and draw the foul.”

Sophomore guard Ariana Moorer
On playing with Monica Wright
“It’s always a pleasure to play with Monica – she is a great player and an even great person. I was clapping with the crowd when she got the record, but we still had a lot of time left to play.”

On her performance
“I was a little more relaxed tonight than I was at Florida State. I was forcing things there. I am still working on that shot.”

Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese
Opening statement
“It’s always a tremendous battle and a lot of fun, obviously, this match-up that we have with Virginia. I thought both teams played hard possession-by-possession, it was a great game. I thought this team stayed the course, patiently, in the adversity of the game. We’re so excited in conference play to get a win on the road, because they’re so difficult.

On their difference in approach for tonight’s game compared to against NC State
“I think you can ask the players, but they’ll say their mindset. Coming into this game, we talked about no regrets. We didn’t want to have any regrets by the time the game ended. We just focused on the little things, possession by possession. This team is still growing, but I thought they did a tremendous job moving past the last game and moving forward for this game tonight. “

On whether the timeout at the end of the game helped Maryland set its defense
“Yes, absolutely. Obviously with a young team, to be able to talk to them about what we wanted – we knew the ball was going to go to Wright – it obviously gave us time to talk that through.”

On Monica Wright setting Virginia’s scoring record against Maryland
“Obviously we didn’t want to see her break it against us, but at the same point, it’s also special to see her break it because of the player that she is. She is a world-class athlete in terms of her ability to score. I think the thing that separates Monica from a lot of players out there is her competitiveness, just her will to win. She’s a tremendous competitor.”

Maryland guard Lori Bjork
On playing on the road
“I think the energy from the team tonight, everyone had confidence early so we didn’t look up and find ourselves down 10 like we did in some past road games. It was good to get off to a good start. I thought it was a real character win for us, it was about whether we were going to be the team that got embarrassed at NC State or were we going to show some real heart. I’m really proud of the team for showing up tonight.”

On whether a road win is more satisfying than a home win
“Yes, it’s satisfying. We obviously love playing in front of our home fans, but it’s kind of an awesome feeling to walk off the court and hear the shower of boos because you go the best of them that game.”

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