Dec. 15, 2013
TCU Head Coach Jeff Mittie
"I thought it was a pretty good effort. You're always a little concerned about the long break if you're going to come into the game as clean. I thought there were some good plays today, and as far as getting back onto the floor we were pretty solid."
On how the team fared considering the ice storm and finals last week
"It was an odd time around here because we were going into finals and then the ice hit, so we had dead days, then the weekend, then finals on Monday. So really, we played Wednesday night and didn't practice until Monday. What you would prefer to do is get a little practice in on the weekend, then take Monday and Tuesday off to let the players focus on finals. We had to find an hour and 15 minutes in there somewhere, which was hard because on Monday, the finals schedule was pushed back three and a half hours.
I thought our play today was solid. I was worried about our conditioning and playing too many people in long stretches. Some of our players got a little ragged from fatigue. Sixteen assists, 15 turnovers, three of those were illegal screens which I think we can clean up. All in all, it was decent. I thought the defense in the first half was as good as we had seen it. One benefit that the break did give us was to focus on ourselves. We were able to do that. The practices were going well. They had strung together five or six good ones, and I thought that, as [Natalie Ventress] said, the team was getting confident with where their teammates were. I think we left some points on the board with layups we couldn't finish and we know we can do better. All in all, it was pretty good."
On how the team can improve despite a solid performance
Junior Guard Natalie Ventress
"We really focused on the half-court offense. I don't think we have hit our offensive stride at all. We have to pass a little more effectively. While today was spotty, it was better than last week and we hope it will be better going forward this week. We need to play the game with more poise and more maturity, and that comes with leadership. Everyone needs to have a piece of this leadership. I think [Ventress] can be that since she has played a ton of minutes since she was a freshman. I've talked to her about it, and I've seen big improvements in Zahna Medley. She was really talkative on the floor. Even when she was in a tough stretch in the first half she was very talkative. That was the other advantage of the ten days off. It gave the players and the coaching staff a chance to step back and have some good conversations about what we needed to do better.
On the team's performance after the long break
"We were just playing together and it was working. We passed the ball and got it to the open player to get that person a great shot."
Sophomore guard Veja Hamilton
On how the break affected the team
"Even though we had those snow days and we had to take an extra few days off, I think we came back hard and practiced hard and focused on our few main points of sharing the ball and getting confortable with each other. As the season goes on I think we can continue to do that."
On matching career high with five assists
"I know that's one of my main things; that's my role on the team is to try and find shooters and give them the ball when they're hot and I'm just trying to make that my main focus as we continue on in the season."