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Colorado-San Diego State Quotes
Release: November 25, 2012
By: CUBuffs.com
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Colorado Head Coach Linda Lappe

General
“It was a great game throughout.  These were two teams that played hard and well.  There were a lot of great players on that court.  I was pleased with a lot of what we were able to do in the second half and it was physical down low. This game was not for the faint of heart.  We stayed together and it was great to keep our players fresh.  A lot of our players had energy towards the end of the game.  We knew they were going to make a run late in the second half. I loved how we responded.  Our depth is a big key for us.”

On If This Was The Program’s Best Nonconference Win Since She’s Been Coach
“I think I’d probably have to agree with this as the best win. We knew it was going to be a hard fought game. I really enjoyed seeing our team step up to the level I know they can play tonight.”

On Team Responding To Early Struggles.
“It was [great how the team responded]. It took us a few minutes there when we were putting them at the free throw line a lot.  Our team never panicked [even though we were] down early.  When you’re down 8-10 with 35 minutes left on the clock, it shouldn’t put you in a state of panic. The way we closed out the first half and opened the second made the difference in the game.”

On Colorado’s post play
“Our post got beat around tonight.  It was very, very physical.  They took on the challenge and excelled. Offensively and defensively, [the post players] were the difference makers for our easy baskets and stopping San Diego State from getting easy baskets.”

On what this win means for the team’s confidence
“It gives us confidence; it shows us that we have a good team and what we need to do to beat a good team and how we’re going to have to play. If you don’t play good teams, you don’t know exactly where you stand.  It’s just going to help us to be able to know what level we have to play game in game out.”

Colorado Players

Chucky Jeffery, Sr., G
On Not Winning MVP For Third Time
“I’m not mad at all. Arielle [Roberson] came out and played a great game. We are just happy to have her back. Anybody that gets the MVP I’m happy for. We got the win and that’s all that matters. She played a heck of a game so she earned it.”

On How Big This Win Is
“It means a lot but it’s still early on. Like coach said, we still have a lot of basketball to still be played, but that win is going to be nice for people to see. Because they [SDSU] are going to be in the tournament again, they are a good team and that was a quality win for us. We played incredible and if we continue to play like that we will be a contender ourselves, so I think that win was good for us.”

On Where The Teams Confidence Stems From
“We can put any mix of players on the floor and I don’t think our energy or amount of scoring will drop. We are a great team and we have great players. We have players that can make plays and I love that we have more of a post presence now with Arielle [Roberson], Jen [Reese], Jamee [Swan] and Rachel [Hargis]. It’s huge for us. I think that is going to take us a long way because some teams like to take away the best player. But, when you have a variety of players that can do a lot of different things and put the ball in the bucket, then what are you going to take away? So, I think it’s great.”

On Not Letting SDSU Come Back
“That’s what we have to learn to do, stay consistent. Sometimes we get up and then get down and it’s like a roller-coaster. So, when we are up we try and focus on not letting teams come back or allow them to get their confidence back. We don’t ever get comfortable, I don’t think in that game we ever got comfortable in that game, we play all the way until the clock hits zero.”

Arielle Roberson, Fr., F
On The Slow Start
“I think I was just trying to force things that weren’t there. I don’t know if it was the nerves or whatever, but we just had to get ourselves composed and get on the same page. I guess it was miscommunication on my part.”

On Having To Battle Back
“I think coming from behind showed us who we really are. Like coach says we are a tough team and also they are a tough team. In order to be tough you have to show who the best is. I think tonight we really pulled it out and for our future games this really sets the tone.”

On Winning Tournament MVP
“It’s a really big honor. I couldn’t have done it without my teammates, obviously; I felt like we all worked hard. I was really happy for the team and for me to get the award was the icing on the cake.”

San Diego State Head Coach Beth Burns

ON SAN DIEGO STATE’S PERFORMANCE -
"I really want to credit Colorado. We really fuel everything through our point guard who we wouldn't trade for the world. Colorado did a terrific job taking us out of our element. We had a lot of foul trouble and trouble with people being in positions that they aren't necessarily accustomed to being in, it made it really difficult. The credit goes to Colorado. They had a great defensive game plan that we couldn't overcome.

ON RETURNING TO COLORADO -
"It was really difficult at first because I kept singing the fight song. They started playing it and I started singing it and I said to myself, 'What am I doing?' Boulder will always be one of my homes. I loved it here. It was my first real grown up coaching job. I will always cheer for the Buffs, except when we are playing them of course."

 

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