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Additional Quotes >> Women's Youth Olympic Games Semifinals And Gold Medal Game

  • Date:
    Aug 26, 2014

Coach Dori Oldaker (Mt. Lebanon H.S., Pa.)

On today’s semifinal and final game:

I can finally breath. At first I was really nervous with the Netherlands game, but I was so confident in our girls, and I knew they would come strong in the end. I’m just so proud of them. We had talked about defending the Netherlands, because we were concerned in their outside shooters, but at one point we had them at like five or six fouls, so I knew we had to take it to the hoop so we could get to the line, and that’s what we did.

On the momentum change the USA had with three minutes left in the gold medal game:

We knew that Arike (Ogunbowale) had to have to ball in her hands. She pretty much took over the game and scored a lot of big buckets. I think Katie Lou  (Samuelson) is so mentally strong and she pulled through in the last two games.

On the support from everyone on Team USA in China:

This has been unbelievably special. To have all other USA athletes cheering us on and come to multiple games, not just tonight, has been phenomenal. I can’t say enough about everyone here and the support we have gotten it.

 

De’Janae Boykin (Charles H. Flowers H.S./Springdale, Md.)

On her thoughts of today’s games:

Today were very tough games. Both games were very physical. But we got together before each game and said that we had to play hard. Both games were very tough, but it feels good to come out with the game

On the 9-0 spark in the gold medal game that changed the energy of the contest:

We weren’t going to come here to lose. We wanted this; we wanted to win.

On winning her third gold medal playing for the USA and first Olympic gold medal:

It feels great. This is the Youth Olympic Games and it’s pretty big. We’re all excited and very happy.

 

Napheesa Collier (Incarnate Word Academy/O’Fallon, Mo.)

On winning her second gold medal playing for the USA in the month of August:

This feels so good, even a little better because it’s the Youth Olympics.

On today’s games:

I think that we focused on one game at the time.  Hungary was shorter so we could post them up, but the Netherlands was taller so we had to space up our game and change it up. Everything worked out.

On having the support from all other members of Team USA today:

It felt awesome to know the crowd was behind us, and that all of those players and fellow USA athletes came to support us.

 

Arike Ogunbowale (Divine Savior Holy Angels H.S./Milwaukee, Wis.)

On her thoughts of today’s games:

It was crazy. We knew they were good teams because we had scrimmaged them when we first got to China, so we knew it was going to be hard, but we came out strong and knocked down our free throws, which was really crucial too.

On today’s game plan, especially since going 0-for-8 from beyond the arc:

Coach Dori pointed out to us that they (Netherlands) were in foul trouble, so we had to drive at them and we continued to do that, and we knocked down those shots late too; that really changed the game.

On winning her fourth gold medal playing for the USA:

It’s such a blessing. Each year I’m grateful to be a part of USA and USA Basketball, and winning the Youth Olympics- this is the highest honor you can get as an 18-and-under player. I feel blessed to have been chosen to do this stuff.

On this whole experience:

I expected it to be great but this has been amazing. The village and the venues are incredible. Nanjing really put a lot of time into this, and it has just been so great to get he opportunity to play here and be with all of these people.

On having a big cheering section today, including USA athletes from other sports:

It’s really cool. They’re from all over the states too, so it’s nice. We have met so many new people, and they came out to support us. We’re going to support them too; we’re going to go see boxing tomorrow. We’re one big family.

 

Katie Lou Samuelson (Mater Dei H.S./Huntington Beach, Calif.)

On their gold medal game:

It was such a physical game. Netherlands played so hard and so well, and we finally pulled out at the end, but it was such a good game.

On her performance today:

My shooting wasn’t on today so I knew that I had to get to the basket. At that point when I got the - and one, I think all of us were just like, ‘ok, this is enough. We need to take it away right now.’

On winning her fifth medal playing for the USA and winning her fourth gold:

It’s amazing. There’s nothing that compares to this and this is an Olympic medal.  It’s so cool to be able to be on this USA Youth Olympic Team.

On this whole experience:

It’s been incredible. I’ve met so many people from so many different sports that I never would have met without this opportunity.



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