I don't know why we do that. That's one of the things we talk about before (every game). Our goal is to keep (opponents) at 10 free throw attempts or less, and we gave them 25 tonight. We've just got to move our feet, we've got got to stop reaching with our hands and we've got to take better angles - things that at this time of year you hope to be fine-tuning rather than trying to go back and build a foundation.
You get to this time of year and one of the things we try to do is keep their legs fresh. When you know that you can go out there and go hard for three, four or five minutes . . . and then you're going to get a break, and that kid coming in behind you is going to provide a spark, it frees you up to do more.
Overall, I was very happy with the way we responded. We were either going to come out angry and upset and get that bad taste out of our mouth, or we were going to come out overconfident since we got (Glenwood) by 40 last time. I told them I wanted to see the first team - the one that was angry and wanted to take it out on somebody. It wasn't Glenwood's fault that we lost, they just happened to be next up on the schedule.
It's amazing. I sit there and just watch her grow in leaps and bounds every game. She's given us that presence down low as far as the points, and that's just so important for us because those are the consistent points that are always going to be there. The threes may not be, but you know the five-footers . . . you can knock down at a high percentage.
We needed this. It was kind of what the doctor ordered because last week we struggled in terms of scoring. We put up 44 against Red Oak and 48 against LC, and our offense is better than that. It wasn't a case where we were turning it over, it was a case where we didn't shoot well, and tonight we shot it very, very well. We got some confidence back.
It's a game where it doesn't matter who it is, the team is going to be a quality team. Maybe there's a little bit of disappointment that it's not Denison, but also maybe you get away from the head game, too - 'oh, it's Denison.' Now it's somebody different, but at the same time you can't relax. You still have to stay at a high level, go out and attack them.