Not exactly what I wanted, but I thought we made a little bit of progress from some of the initial jitters, working into the flow of this level, just working those things out. I don't like to necessarily base my performance on points, because like Coach was saying, there's a lot of ways you can impact the game, so that's what I try to do. I try to get some assists, get some rebounds, force some tough shots. Overall, I thought I filled the stat sheet a little bit in certain areas, but I'm definitely not satisfied with where I am. I want to keep getting better and keep getting more consistent and staying out of foul trouble too.
We still have a lot of getting better to do. As much as this group has done, and I don’t want to diminish what they’ve done, we still can get a lot better and I’ve had trouble as a coach getting our teams to peak at the right moment, and I don’t think we’ve come close to peaking yet.
I told them we’re not beating this team three times. If we had won tonight we were going to let them win in Hartford (in the Big East tournament) because we’re not going to beat them three times, and we want to save one for the NCAA tournament. It may be making lemonade out of lemons but hopefully there’s another couple of shots at a great, great basketball team.
"Yeah it’s hard to know until we are in the situation. I feel very good about our team. We’ve had some tremendous offensive games. Pittsburgh for one, Oklahoma State for two and Florida State another great one. Last night’s dominance offensively as well. We’ve had some really good ones, but at the same time we’ve had some other games when we were a little bit more inconsistent. So we’re working on that and it was great to see five people in double figures and people attacking last night. But I think it’s something that you can’t really predict. Again, we will learn a lot from this game. This game is a great opportunity for us to learn about ourselves, who we are and what we want to do out there. That’s an important thing to have. Again, given the nature of Geno’s teams and how they are coached, it’s a really tester that way. And again, environment too. I’ve coached at Gampel before and it’s a great place for women’s basketball. And again, being able to look in the mirror a little bit and be in an environment that will be quite loud, very crazy. And there’s simply no way to simulate that environment. It’s not about pumping in a crowd noise. It’s about having the experience."
"I had no idea she was considering Kentucky,’’ Auriemma said. "All I can tell you is what she told me and what she told the other coaches and what she told the other players, that she had lost in her interest in playing basketball. It had nothing to do with playing time, what position she was playing, anything of that nature. Academics. It all had to do with, `Coach, I just don’t want to play basketball any more.’ So when I came back from New York and someone told me that she’s enrolling at Kentucky Monday that was as big a shock to me as anything that I’ve heard. And I wish her the best of luck.’’
"It’s a privilege to earn a scholarship because you can take for granted all the costs of a college education," she says. "I feel that in return, I have to work my hardest. Coach Auriemma reminds us often that we’re on scholarship and we have to work for what we get and what we want, just like you have to work for your living when you’re out of college. It’s a great teaching point."
"She has had a tremendous impact not only on this streak, but on the women's game. Her consistency, her attitude and her skill set put her on a different plane. She's never going to be complacent, and her confidence lifts the confidence of the players around her."
-Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt on UConn's Maya Moore
"I'm a little torn," he said. "Someone just asked me, 'Hey, do you want to do this big thing' if we passed 88. I was like, why? We broke the record when we passed 70. UConn women has won the most games in the history of women's basketball in a row. Shouldn't that be the way it works?"
"I like to appreciate what they did for what they did and what we're doing in our special way," Moore said. "I don't think you have to say one's better than the other. I think we're a society that likes to always compete and have to say somebody's a winner and a loser."
We're absolutely heartbroken. We're just stunned, as I'm sure the nation is, with regard to what happened on that campus ... after such a tremendous win and what a game that lad played.