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Maya Moore

Additional Quotes >> USA 76, Canada 51

  • Date:
    Sep 15, 2014


Head Coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut)

Comments on the Game:
“I thought playing these guys was not going to be easy.  Canada is one of the more difficult teams to play because of their style of play.  They are going to use up the shot clock as much as possible and be very physical with you.  In one sense it was difficult but in another it was the best for us to play against this kind of team because they make you grind it out.

I thought the young guys, when they came in, gave us a lot of energy and really changed the tempo of the game.  We were able to extend their defense a little bit.  So all in all, considering we’ve only been together for week, I thought there were moments when we could be a really good team down the road.  We’ll find out more when we get to France and we play three games in three days.  The competition is going to be really good so we’ll find out a lot about ourselves and about these young guys.  We’ll see if they can play at that level so, by next Monday, I’ll know a lot more than I know right now.”

On involving younger players on the team:
“We’ve talked to all the players since they got here about the fact that this is a process.  You can’t look at it as ‘I have to make the team right now or I’m never going to make it.’ There are a lot of things that are going to transpire in the next couple years and some players that have never played are going to get an opportunity to play on this team and some are going to have to wait and some are going to play on the Olympic Team that don’t play on this team.

I told the players that we don’t know.  But I do know that you just need to keep getting better and working the process.  Every time we have training camp, you need to be there and you need to make it part of what you want to do.  Our goal is to try and win in September and to try and find some younger players but it isn’t as easy as I want it to be.  There are a lot of tough decisions that need to be made.”


Guard Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)

On Which Players Mentored Her During Her First World Championship in 2002:
“Dawn Staley was a big one and Cheryl Swoops was another.  I was the youngest on the team and at that point, I had just come out of college and finished my first season in the WNBA.  I think from a point guard standpoint, they were kind of grooming me to take over in the future.  So, both those players were in my ear and helped me a lot especially in trying get used to the international game.  Because it is different.  It can be an adjustment for some players but overall 2002 was a great experience. “

On Which Players Have Developed the Most in Camp:
“A lot of people have done a lot of great things in this last week.  Every one of the “newcomers” has had their moment at different points.  It’s going to be tough for the committee to round out this roster because everyone has been impressive over the last week.”

Comments on the Game:
“ just kept playi8ng our game.  The games are going to go a lot different ways in the next two weeks.  There are going to be some games where we come out and go up 20 in the first quarter.  It probably won’t happen that often because these teams play basketball too.  They are out there competing as well.  Canada may not have the names that we do but the style they play, the fact that they play well together and they are very physical is tough to compete against.  It’s going to be like that against every country.  That being said, usually what wears teams down is our depth.  I think over the course of game, when we are constantly subbing and throwing fresh legs at you, it’s hard to play only seven or eight people.  So that is generally our biggest advantage.”    


Center Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics)

Comments on the Game:
“I thought we did a great job today moving the ball, executing on offense and playing great defense.  We’ve only been together for a few weeks so it’s tough as Canada has been together and practicing a lot and you could tell by the way they ran their offense.  But I thought we did a good job of pressuring them and making them take tough shots and then rebounding and getting it out.  I’m happy to be on this team and to be around such great players.  I’m especially excited to be headed to Paris tomorrow!  I think we’re going to go out tomorrow and practice hard and then we’re all excited for this trip and we’re going to get some great bonding time.” 

On Breanna Stewart’s Play in the Fourth Quarter:
“Stewie always finds her rhythm.  Once she started getting to the basket and looking to score first.  I think her problems come when she doesn’t look to score.  But once she started doing that in the fourth quarter she started knocking down shots like the normal Stewie.”


Guard Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx)

On returning to Connecticut:

“The crowd was great from the minute we walked out. It was nice to come out see people cheering and clapping and waving at me. It never gets old. I’m glad to come back to one of my homes. It’ll always be in my heart.”

On her evaluation of the team:

“I think the energy on the team is great. Everyone has the same goal in mind. People e are playing hard and aggressive. They’re listening and learning. It just feels good to know that everyone has that same mindset. We’re making a few mistakes here and there but that’s going to happen. We’re working through the kinks. There’s just a general feeling that we’re going to get better. We did some really good things tonight, especially the second team coming in with the energy.”

On the pride of playing for your country:

“When you’re representing your country, of course the stakes are raised. Especially being the United States, we have so much pressure and such a great legacy that we’re trying to continue to grow. We don’t take that lightly. We want to come out with the highest focus and make sure our preparation is good enough to put out the performance you see.”


Forward Breanna Stewart (University of Connecticut)

On how excited she is to be a part of the team:

“I’m just enjoying every opportunity with each day. I’m excited to go to Paris. I’ve never been there before.”

On how she feels about her chances of making the final roster:

“I think that obviously I want to try and get better and improve every day. I just want to be able to continue this journey with the team as long as they go.”

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