Additional Quotes >> USA 105, Brazil 75
Kazan, Russia • July 10, 2013
Sherri Coale (USA and University of Oklahoma head coach)
How does this team need to get better for the quarterfinal on Friday?
I think so much about being successful here is about being able to focus in the midst of all of the things that are going on. I thought we lost our focus in the second half tonight. It was a really physical game, and it was a little bit of getting distracted by that and getting distracted by what lies ahead. So, it's really, really important to be in the moment.
On the game:
We had a great start and a big first quarter. Every time that we shared the ball, went inside-outside or changed sides of the floor, we got great shots and made most of them. I think the take-away for the team is to understand how shooting percentage is so positively affected by the number of passes you make in a possession.
On Aaryn Ellenberg:
She is a volume scorer and when she gets hot, gets in rhythm, has that look in her eye, she can reel off a crazy amount of points in a crazy short amount of time. The thing about being here and doing that, if I'd left her in, she might have had 30 in the first quarter. She's just that kind of player. But we have a lot of great players on this team and we were ahead by a huge margin, so you don't do that kind of thing. That's the kind of thing she is capable of, and it was good to see her do that here, and I think it was good for her teammates to see her do that here.
What do you expect in the quarterfinals?
I expect to see a little bit more of an edge. I sure hope our team has a little bit more of an edge, but I expect the opponents will. I expect there will be a few more people in the arena, and it will have a little bit more of a heartbeat to it than today's game did.
Crystal Bradford (Central Michigan University/Detroit, Mich.)
On tonight's game:
Our offense was working pretty well, and we had intensity. Towards the end, I don't think our intensity was as good as it should have been. We had a game last night, which is no excuse. We can't have an on-off switch, we have to be able to always keep the switch on and keep going full throttle.
On her performance:
I'm coming off the bench, so before I even get in, I'm watching to see what I can do different, or how I can change the pace of the game. I knew I had to create and be quick offensively, whether that was making the pass or making the shot.
Reshanda Gray (University of California/Los Angeles, Calif.)
On the game:
What was working well, was coach gave us the game plan, and we tried to execute that game plan to our fullest potential.
How were you able to be successful?
Just running the floor. I know we have great guards, so if I just run basket to basket, they definitely will find me.
How will you have to adjust for the quarterfinals?
I'm going to have to do everything I did to get myself here, continue to cheer on my team, continue to listen and continue to play defense.
Odyssey Sims (Baylor University/Irving, Texas)
On her performance:
I'm surrounded by great players. Aaryn came out, and she was like three-for-three at the beginning of the game. We have shooters all around, Kaleena, Aaryn, everybody can hit a shot, Tricia. That's my job as the point guard. I really don't worry too much about scoring, as long as I can find the open teammate. Coach Coale, she stresses getting out in transition and finding the open shooters, so that's what I did. I was able to push it up, and they were able to finish.
How does this team need to get better for Friday's quarterfinals?
We have to work on our defense, capitalize on our offense and make the defense pay a little bit more, and stay focused, lead one another and trust each other.