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ETSU at Virginia
Marriott Cavalier Classic
Postgame Quotes

Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan
Opening Statement:
“We got off to a really good start and got separation early, and that really helped. I thought we could have played much better down the stretch in the second half. I thought ETSU did a good job of attacking us from all of their positions. They put the ball in the deck very well and they penetrated, but we fouled to put them at the line too much. That was the biggest problem we had, especially down the stretch. We lost a little bit of focus at the end because so many fouls – and them going to the line – changes the rhythm of the game and takes you out of your game. We can do better than we played tonight.”

On not letting ETSU get any closer than 13 points in the second half:
“I wasn’t going to let ETSU catch up at all – I would have called all five of my timeouts before that happened. I thought we did a better job of managing the clock tonight. We did take a few quick shots with about 5:40 to go, but that’s an in-between time. You don’t want to slow the game down at that point and you don’t want to stop scoring. But at the same time, you want to try to milk the clock a little bit and keep them focused. That may be what took us out of the defensive part of the game; we didn’t play very good defense at the end.”

On Chelsea Shine’s play tonight after not starting last night:
“Chelsea’s usually a player who gives everything she has every single day. But sometimes you just have to mix things up and see what happens. Not just for Chelsea’s sake, but for everybody’s sake.”

On Shine’s play in the first half:
“She really got to the line well. She got into the paint and got fouled a lot. Then, she went to the line and made just about every one. She’s a very strong free throw shooter and put herself in position to get fouled, which was great.”

On picking an all-tournament team with the way this team plays:
“It’s tough. I think it was pretty clear tonight who the players were that were standing out. But we have a team that really relies on everybody. We rely on every single player on this team to either put points on the board or defend. I think that’s a great way to play, you never know who’s going to score.

It’s pure basketball, more the way the game is supposed to be played – with assists. We had 18 assists on 30 baskets tonight, which is awesome. That’s tremendous. It’s good to see these younger players step up and be able to do the things that they’re doing on a more consistent level. What we’re really working toward is getting 40 minutes of that every single night.”

On Richmond:
“We’re focused on Richmond. Richmond’s a tough team to play, especially this time of the year. They’re very good and they’ll be prepared. It’ll be a tough game.”

Virginia Junior forward Chelsea Shine
On not starting yesterday
:
“I personally didn’t have a good practice – there were a decent amount of us who didn’t have a good practice the day before. The coaches felt it was necessary to change the line-up and the people who deserved to start started. I have come off the bench before and I can adjust to that role. I just want to win. We adjusted to it; it was nothing personal.”

On winning the Marriott Cavalier Classic MVP award:
“It felt great. It is a cool award to win and I am so glad to be part of this team and contribute in the ways that I can. We have a big upside to our team and there are good things to come in the future.”

On building leads early in games:
“Our team does a really good job of when we build a lead, we can push it open. One thing we need to work on is when we get leads like this, we have to remember it’s just as important to play hard. Sometimes we relax just a little bit. That’s something we are working on.”

On Richmond:
“They are a good team and we have played them before. It is kind of a little rivalry we have going with them. We have a few practices between now and then to prepare; we need to be ready. I think we will be able to take a lot from this tournament to learn from and build.”

Virginia Freshman guard Ataira Franklin
On her play in the tournament:
“When I go out there I just try to bring as much energy as I can and a lot of defensive intensity. I try to contribute in those ways every game, whether I am putting up shots or not. Today I didn’t have as good of a game on the boards, but I still played solid defense. We just have to keep working in practice and prepare for Richmond.”

On having different people contributing:
“Everybody is really enthusiastic about that. Yesterday, Jazmin (Pitts) started, was really excited about it, and played great. Her and Chelsea (Shine) are battling it out in practice, and also Simone (Egwu), so everybody makes each other better. Other people can pick each other up. It’s anybody’s game at any point, and everyone is supportive in that.”

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