Penn State Quotes
Q. You reset your own Big Ten Tournament scoring record. What is it about the tournament that you play so well?
TENIYA PAGE: I don't know what it is, but I know my teammates have a lot of confidence in me, so that's kind of the reason why I keep shooting, and they motivated me throughout the game and before the game and after the game. That's pretty much it.
Q. Does playing in this tournament atmosphere, does that get you more excited or kind of hyped up for the game?
TENIYA PAGE: It does. Win or go home, so I think everyone's competitive spirit is really high. For me personally, knowing that it's win or go home, I think I'm a little bit more focused.
Q. This being the 25th Big Ten Tournament, what does it mean to be a part of this milestone to you?
TENIYA PAGE: To know it's been around for 25 years and to be able to consistently play in the Big Ten Tournament, and I'm just a junior, so I'm happy to be afforded this opportunity.
Q. Obviously you guys had a lead going into the fourth, but I think Page only scored 4 in the fourth. You had a couple of other players. How important is that, especially going forward, to have other players who can score?
COACH WASHINGTON: I think it's important for other teams to prepare. You've got to be aware of Jaida Green. You've got to be aware of Teniya. You've got to be aware of Amari Carter. You've got to be aware of our post play, and our post play showed up today. You've got to be aware of three or four or five other people, then it just opens up opportunities for Teniya to go lead the charge.
Q. On the defensive end I think you held them scoreless for seven minutes in the second quarter and a three-minute stretch at the end of the third. What did you see there?
COACH WASHINGTON: Well, I thought we did a better job of trying to contest shots, switching it up from man to zone, and forced them to try to beat us from outside, and we did a good job in the zone of getting out and contesting shots. I also thought we did a good job in the second quarter on rebounding and not giving them second-chance points, and that was really big for us.
Q. How were you guys able to pick up your momentum in the second half?
KAMARIA MCDANIEL: We came in here at halftime, and we said we wanted to keep pushing. In previous games, we always got up and things like that, and then the team would make a run.
We wanted to make sure that we didn't let that happen today, and just us playing as a team, playing unselfish, playing team defense and staying true to our team principles on offense and defense, that really led us to keep pushing and increase our lead. It just felt good.
Q. Do you feel good going into your second game with Michigan?
KAMARIA MCDANIEL: Yes, we feel very good. I am excited.
Q. Nancy, Brandi and Alex were not going to go down without a fight today, as was the rest of the team, frankly.
COACH FAHEY: Yeah, they came out, played hard, put a lot of points on the board, so that was a good sign. Just let someone take off on us on the other side.
Q. Gave kind of a microcosm of the season; a lot of things that seemed positive, we had that seven-point lead with 8:10 to go in the second, and I thought, all right, here we roll.
COACH FAHEY: Yeah, I thought we did a good job. They came out in man, we ran our stuff very well, got the lead. They punched back with the zone, went down by six at half, but we felt pretty good that --
Q. Petra hit that three at the end of the half --
COACH FAHEY: So I thought that would loosen us up a little bit.
Q. And then of course the Penn State team rolls on, but again, Illinois does not go down without a fight. What else about this game are you going to remember in the off-season?
COACH FAHEY: Quite frankly, we finished this season, we didn't even talk about the game. This is talking about a game that has worked their heart out for the last five months.
But I think it's something that we're going to be motivated by. You know, and I think that in our postgame meeting, that's something we were talking about. We're motivated. We're not going to let this happen again.
Q. And really the spirit and determination never left this team.
COACH FAHEY: No, and that's what we're trying to build on. Teams are built by character and their work ethic and their grit, and that's where we're starting.