2005 Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament: Game Ten Quotes




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Michigan State - Joanne P. McCallie -Head Coach
Opening statement:

"It was a hard fought game, and Minnesota is an excellent team. We had to gut this one out, specifically after playing three games in four days. Kelli (Roehrig) and Kristin (Haynie) provided terrific leadership, and I think that was the difference down the stretch."

On the play down the stretch:
"We have a balanced team of attackers from Lindsay (Bowen) to Kristin (Haynie), Kelli (Roehrig) and Liz (Shimek). Those four have probably been in every situation known to basketball. They've been down by seven with 30 seconds left and have come out on top. They find a way to do things and that is what they are made of. You have to give your very best, and I think our team turned the corner tonight. I think they are a very special group."

On the win: 
"This win is very important because it sets the tone for the younger players. Laura Hall came in and she only got four minutes, but she did a very good job while she was in there. She got to feel what it's like to be part of a championship. I always tell the kids that when they want to leave a legacy. Kristin (Haynie) and Kelli (Roehrig) will leave a legacy. We want to set the expectations that we want to be a winning team and pursue championships every year."

On the Michigan State's fans:
"I thought our fans were a great help. This shows Michigan State fans how much fun you can have when you come to Indianapolis. There were so many fans out there. We had more fans than Minnesota, and we had more fans than Penn State and that's great. They were loud for our team, and we felt that. They were loud. They were decisive."

Michigan State - Kristin Haynie - Guard
On the meaning of reaching a goal:

"It means a lot. Everyone's goal is to come to college and win a championship. Kelli (Roehrig) and I knew coming into this program that coach McCallie had a great background and wanted to turn this program around and win championships. We finally did it our senior year and it feels great."

Michigan State - Kristin Haynie - Guard
On what it takes to win a championship:

"It takes fight, hustle and heart. Being outrebounded by 14 is ridiculous. They got to the boards better than us. We did do a good job throughout the game of getting on the floor and hustling to loose balls."

On giving the team a chance:
"Choice not chance determines your destiny, not only on the court, but off the court as well. You have to make good choices in life. You can't leave it up to chance."

Michigan State - Kelli Roehrig - Center
On holding Janel McCarville to 1-for-17:

"It was a battle. It was really physical because she is a great player. Going 1-for-17 shows how much our guards were helping me and that we had good team defense in the paint."

On what it takes to win a championship:
"I think you need to stay in the moment together and just trust each other on and off the court."

Minnesota - Head Coach - Pam Borton
Opening statement:
"I think that was a great basketball game, and it was very well played by both teams. It came down to the team that executed the best at the end of the game. We were not able to score in the last seven minutes of the game, and being up with two minutes left, it came down to the team that could make the plays. When your All-American goes 1-for-17 and your team shoots 26 percent, it's going to be hard to beat a top ten team."

On Janel McCarville going 1-for-17:
"Her shots just weren't falling. Everything that she was shooting was hitting the front of the rim, and that's a sign of fatigue and tired legs. She has played two of the best centers in the country this weekend, and did a good job pushing kids off the block. She will make the plays in the NCAA Tournament when she needs to."

On what the team learned in the tournament:
"We've played three tough teams this weekend. We played Purdue, which is a very good team, and two teams in the top ten in the last two days. Those are the toughest teams that we have played this well and this close all season. I think we're playing great basketball right now, playing together as a team, and getting a lot of balance. Our defense has really kept us in the game. When you can keep a quality team like Michigan State to 55 points, you will hopefully go deep in any tournament that you are in."

Minnesota - Forward - Jamie Broback
On how she was able to turn her game around after a scoreless first half:
"I was just a little bit stronger on the inside when I was taking the ball to the basket. I knew going up that there would be contact, so I was able to take the ball up strong a couple of times in the second half and that got me going."

On the difficulty of scoring against Kelli Roehrig:
"Both (Liz) Shimek and (Kelli) Roehrig are great post players. Our shots just weren't falling today. Like coach said, you are not going to win many games when you don't hit layups, and they are both two solid post players inside, so it was a challenge for us."