That's why she's a great player. She comes in at the end of games and does what's necessary.
They're in the same conference and they've played here. Will that be an advantage Probably. But we didn't really talk about that to the players. We don't want to give them an out. Those are things we can't do anything about.
She came in here on a mission and took that team on her shoulders. She had a hunger to score.
I thought that if we held them to 57 points that we would have been able to score a little more.
It's hard not to focus on Jess because you've got to neutralize her as best you can. At the same time, they've got good guard play. You can't take away everything, so hopefully you take away the bigger parts.
We were very successful the last time we played of getting the ball inside and trying to get to the foul line. In this game we just didn't get to the foul line. All season when we've been successful we've done that very, very well.
We got the exact shots we wanted. That last shot by Brooke was the last play we worked on in practice today. We had three open threes at the end.
I'm extremely pleased with the victory. I think it showed the kind of team we are. We don't have just one or two players putting up points.
We did watch (the tapes) to see how they defended us and what we did that was successful.
What number was she No, I'm kidding. She's outstanding. I don't know if that was the best game of her career or not, but I think she had that hunger to get the basket and score.
I was pleased overall with the first 35 minutes of the game and holding Duke to 20 points for the first half. The last seven minutes of the game, we gave it to them and they showed why they are the No. 2 team in the nation.
We have to have everyone contribute. That is what is going to make our team successful, that everyone comes to play and play their role.
I just had a feeling they might do that to make it more exciting.
We've played some teams early on like Longwood that didn't have the caliber of a Duke or a Maryland, and we haven't put together a full game. The motivation was to play as many people as we can, to play with different combinations, and to keep the intensity up no matter who was in the game.
We were so eager to get out there and play tonight I said to the staff during one of the timeouts that we just need to settle them down and let them know that they have to use every possession they can and not give it away.
In these games, it's not about being an underdog. It comes down to one game and who's going to execute their game plan.
I've been looking at film all this afternoon and will look at more on the plane (last night). We'll think of a game plan to handle her.
That's all we heard is we lost five in a row. All we worked on was our execution on defense.
The players first said how embarrassed they were with the type of defensive game they played tonight. Our defense keeps us in games and wins us ball games, keeps us close. We just got out of a rhythm from the start.
It was a great win. Our seniors wanted to continue this tradition of going to the Sweet 16 and it showed out there on the court.
Our players think they can play with anyone, I mean, you look at some of our losses to the No. 6 team Maryland and the No. 2 team Duke in the country, we were playing very well.
Duke showed why they're the No. 2 team in the country the last five, six minutes. We had a few shots that weren't falling at the end of the game.
It was nice to get the home win versus Virginia, and now our first ACC road game, it gives us confidence to get back into the race and continue on our roll.
I think it will become more common because players are getting more athletic. I think you're seeing strength and conditioning stressed more. Will it be as common as the men's game No. But it will be more common.
We played a full 40 minutes of sound basketball.