2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

Additional Quotes >> USA 101, Czech Republic 61

Kazan, Russia • July 9, 2013

Sherri Coale

Sherri Coale (USA and University of Oklahoma head coach)
On tonight’s game:
 I thought our defensive intensity, really set the tone for the game. We came out strong out of the gates in both the first and second half, but I thought it was our defensive intensity that set the stage. Czech Republic can really shoot that ball. They have a lot of players who can score in a lot of different ways, but we sped them up. They got some looks, but the were rushed, everything was rushed, and we made them play a little faster than they were comfortable with playing.

How did Czech Republic challenge the team?
They really test you off of ball screens, because they understand how to play and how to adapt. If you cover a ball screen one way, you might get them for two or three possessions, and then they are going to burn you, so you have to switch up your coverage, and that really made our guys think on the fly and do different things, and that was really good for us.

How do you manage the quick turn around for tomorrow morning’s game?
Fortunately we were able to play a lot of people, especially late in the game. I think again, having that depth tomorrow will help as we can play a lot of people again. There is not a big drop off from one-through 12, so being able to keep them fresh I think is good. It will be a challenge, there is no doubt. These guys are wound up, and they have to go back, shower and it gets to be pretty late. A day off follows, and so they can tough it out.

Aaryn Ellenberg

Aaryn Ellenberg (University of Oklahoma/Las Vegas, Nev.)
On her high-scoring start:
It helped to have everyone else running and finding me when I’m open, and just playing hard, really. It will come to you if you just go get it.

On the game:
I think our intensity on defense was key. We kind of took them out of their rhythm.  We were playing hard and rotating and helping each other out, and I think that is what helped us the most.

Tricia Liston

Tricia Liston (Duke University/River Forest, Ill.)
On tonight’s game:
I think we contested a lot of their shots on defense. They were a great shooting team, but we sped them up on offense and made them a little uncomfortable. And then once we got stops, we were pushing the ball in transition, working our offense and getting good shots.

How do you manage the quick turn around for tomorrow morning’s game?
I think our depth helps us. We have a lot of people who can play, so we split time tonight. And then tomorrow, we will get our rest and go back at it with the whole team.

On her shooting:
My shooting is the result of my teammates’ passing. They are creating shots for everyone. They are getting into the paint and kicking it out. Once we go inside-out, it’s a lot better shot than a one-pass shot. So, I think I’ve been getting some good looks.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (University of Connecticut/Anaheim Hills, Calif.)
On tonight’s game:
I think we are getting a lot more comfortable with each other. We are sharing the ball a lot better and just really getting a feel for the offense that coach Coale put in. For everybody in general, we are all getting used to the way each other plays.

On her scoring stretch:
Coach Coale wanted us to get more pressure on the ball and more pressure in general on defense against Czech Republic, so I was trying to be intense out there and it ended up working out, getting a lot of steals and crashing the offensive and defensive boards a lot.

How do you manage the quick turn around for tomorrow morning’s game?
Rest. That’s the biggest thing for us right now. We need to rest, make sure that we are focused and listening intently in the morning when coach Coale gives us the scout that she’s got ready for us.