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Feb. 5, 2017

Recap | Final Stats

Head Coach Joanne Boyle
Opening Statement:
“I’m just disappointed in our performance tonight and how we played overall this afternoon. This game sticks out to me as the only time we did not look like ourselves for the entire year. I give credit to Duke, they are an incredible team, and they capitalized tonight.”

On defending Duke’s complete offense:
“I thought they were really patient today. We tried to change defenses like we always do. I thought we were locked in in previous games. I did not feel like we were locked in tonight at all. We had too many open people in transition, some of the best players not even being guarded, two people defending a post player and no one on their guards. It was really unorthodox and discombobulated. That comes down to focus and being dialed in. We come out in the second half and we are guarding the wrong person in the triangle and she shoots the wide-open three. I mean that just tells you right there, like ‘where are we?’ We spend a lot of time watching film, and it has definitely benefited us, but we are watching film on the same things over and over again. There has to be an accountability to making personal mistakes, meaning it is time to stop making the same mistake over, and over, and over, and over again. There is only so much film you can watch to correct that. I think the team needs to really think about that because a team that scores 26 points off of turnovers, I do not care how good or how not so good of a team you are, it is just hard to recover from that.”

Junior Forward Lauren Moses
On turnovers in second half:
“I think the turnovers just came off of being too relaxed with the ball and not making sure to secure the ball. We just have to be stronger and smarter down the stretch – especially when we came out of halftime down by eight. Those are the times we really need to value our possessions and I think being more conscious of that could fix the issue.”

On scoring droughts:
“It’s pretty tough to overcome. I feel like we try to get stops on defense because we always know that our stops on defense translate to good buckets or shot selections on offense. So I think just making sure that we are locked down on defense, and that when we do miss assignments, we can attack them still on offense.”

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