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Additional Quotes: USA 92, Czech Republic 54

  • Date:
    Jul 7, 2015

USA head coach Joe McKeown (Northwestern)

Thoughts on the game:

I thought we really were balanced. We came out in the second quarter and I thought, defensively, took over the game. We rebounded really well and forced them into some tough shots. They had played well the last two games, and our defensive really was the big key today.

 

On the high-scoring first quarter:

I thought we did a much better job than we’d been doing on offense. We’re starting to play off of each other, and that has helped. We’re sharing the ball and taking better shots. When you can get out in transition and get layups, it’s a big thing.

 

On the strong defensive effort:

Obviously in any tournament setting, you’re going to have some ups and downs on offense. If you’re consistent rebounding and playing defense, it gives you a great chance to win.

 

On the differences between the CZE game and the first two games:

We had a lot of energy. I thought last night [against China] we were running in mud at times. Today, we put people away. We’ve had people down the last two games, we just let them back in, both Italy and China. We put our foot on the pedal and exploded today, and that’s great.

 

On winning the group:

It’s really what we’re here for. Each round gets tougher as you go, but we were very businesslike today. If we keep that approach into the next round, that’s how we want to take it day by day.

 

Brionna Jones (Maryland/Havre de Grace, Md.)

On the differences between the CZE game and the first two games:

I think we all brought a bunch more energy today than maybe we did in the past two games. We came out strong, and that boosted our energy for the rest of the game.

 

On the defensive effort:

Getting stops on defense is a big aspect of what will help us moving forward. If we put more stops together, we’re able to prevent teams from scoring. Everybody on this team is an amazing player, so we know we can score. The focus is mainly on getting stops.

 

On winning the group:

It’s a great feeling to be 3-0 playing against these great players. It’s going to give us a great boost as we move into the rest of the tournament.

 

Chanise Jenkins (DePaul/Chicago, Ill.)

On the differences between the CZE game and the first two games:

Everybody brought a lot of positive energy. We were all happy to be out there.

 

On the strong first quarter effort:

We were more focused. People were making the extra pass, hitting the open woman, and I think that’s what played a big part in our success today.

 

On winning the group:

It feels good, and it’s definitely a confidence booster. We’re all pretty excited to head into the next round in a couple of days.

 

On what the team can continue to improve on:

We need to continue to talk and communicate, while taking care of the basketball.

 

Sydney Wiese (Oregon State/Phoenix, Ariz.)

On the differences between the CZE game and the first two games:

I thought the starters did a great job coming out and enforcing their will defensively. They were able to rebound, get out and run the floor. They got a lot of easy looks on offense and playing really good team ball. It carried over when the subs came in off the bench.

 

On the role of the second unit on this team:

I always learned when I was younger to bring more energy coming off the bench. Don’t let anything drop, but actually increase the momentum and energy. It was really big for us to come in and bring a lot of spirit and enthusiasm. The coaches talked about bringing energy, adding emotion today, and we really focused on that with a sense of urgency.


On the defensive effort:

That definitely gets us going. If we get steals, that’s easy points for us as we get out in transition. We run so well and fill the lanes and find each other. We have a lot of great bigs down there and guards that can rebound so well. Everybody can handle the ball. Our defense helps us get easy looks.

 

On winning the group:

It feels awesome. All of the work we’ve been putting in the past couple of weeks is coming to fruition here. Seeing everyone have a blast out there is a lot of fun. Hopefully we can get three mor

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