Jan. 8, 2014
TCU 52, Kansas 50
Fort Worth, Texas
TCU head coach Jeff Mittie
"Well, it was obviously a struggle for us most of the night. Those type of comebacks don't come around very often. You have to put yourself in position and believe you can make those type of comebacks. Our group just hung in there and made a few runs in the second half. When Kansas made that big push to 11 [point lead], what I thought we did best with our timeouts was play with a sense of urgency. We played with better poise and we played better offensively. Our shots [after the timeout] were better than the ones we took most of the night."
On how TCU has adjusted to Big 12 play:
"I feel like I was telling Zahna [Medley] all the time to trust her teammates and let them help her. I thought I said that every timeout to her. We won even when our leading scorer didn't score, and she had nine assists. That's improvement. We are going to have to keep improving. In this league, you take this win, take the good and try to correct the bad."
TCU junior guard Donielle Breaux
On playing against her former school:
"Just before the game started, the team knew how much I wanted to win this game. It all fell together. There isn't much I can say. This team sticks together. Coach Mittie said we got a little down, but then after that timeout, we got back on the floor and said we had this game and wouldn't lose it. We fought the whole 40 minutes."
On how the team's game plan changed during the game:
"This year we have tried to become a defensive team. Our emphasis has been on defense and rebounding. Honestly, we just picked it up on defense in the second half, and defense turns into offense. Once we got some steals and rebounds, we were able to push the ball up court in transition and get some layups and some three-pointers."
TCU senior forward Latricia Lovings
On how this game compared to last year's close contests with Kansas:
"We don't like to talk about last year, but both games against Kansas were really close. We saw how much it hurt Donielle [Breaux] to lose such close games. Coach Mittie told us in the huddle we had to play defense and get rebounds. Once we came out of the last media timeout, we knew we had to make a run and push this game. If not, we weren't going to win it. We knew how much it meant to Donielle [Breaux], so we won it for her."
On the team's mental state:
"It's an everyday effort to become more mature as a team. We know that if we struggle on offense, we have to make our defense much better and get some stops. We always try to get three stops and make a transition on offense."
Kansas head coach Bonnie Henrickson
"We were up 11 and we played not to lose. From an aggressive standpoint, we didn't attack, we stopped doing what got us the 11-point lead and then they turned around and attacked us and scored in transition. I'm really disappointed at how passive we became. I called the time out when Chelsea Gardner hit the jumper because I thought that would give us a little bit of gas, but we just got nothing. We didn't attack anymore and that is disappointing."