Kathryn Ann "Katie" Gearldsis a former American professional women's basketball player who formerly played with the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association...
We started executing offensively and got stops defensively. Basketball is a game of runs. We had to sustain ours a little longer, and we did.
We're going to have to get out and contest their shots. This is a huge game for them and we expect them to play their guts out.
We're going to have our hands full on the perimeter, but we're going to try to attack them, too.
Whenever we had possession in the second half, we tried to cut into their lead. We did a good job of coming back; that put us into a position to win the game.
Whenever we had an open look for a 3-pointer, we knocked it down. Whenever we had a possession in the second half, we tried to cut into their lead. We did a good job coming back.
She told us that first and foremost she was going to be here for us as people. If we need to talk about anything, her door was always open.
She thrives under pressure. What you've seen this year is what she showed us at Tennessee. The more pressure, the better she's going to play. She's hit so many clutch shots for us this year.
She was kind of upset by the end of the half. I think it was just kind of overall how we've been playing. But we knew we could turn it around.
She's Magic Johnson. She can do it all. She can get a rebound, take it the length of the floor, look the other way and throw it behind her back or between her legs.
Shots are going to start falling for us eventually. As long as we play good defense, good things are going to happen.
She always had them ready to play, and they played very, very hard for her. She's a competitor, and you've got to love having someone behind you, someone on the sidelines who wants to win just as badly as you do.
(She is) someone who I've always said is my favorite person to play with, and someone I'll definitely miss playing with.
Personally, it does (feel great) deep down inside all of us. It makes this game feel pretty good.
I was hurting in places that hadn't hurt before. (The Gophers) are so physical one through five and that's how they play.
Basketball is a game of runs. It's just all a matter of how you handle it.
Give Indiana credit. They played a heck of a ballgame. We just had to start playing to win instead of playing not to lose. The last five minutes showed a lot about the character of this team.
I always thought Noelle Quinn was the best player I've ever played against. She's fun to watch.
We can get to Boston. If we didn't think we had a chance, we wouldn't even go to Cleveland.
Going down the tunnel we were smiling because we knew we could play better.
Going to camps with Noelle Quinn, I always thought she's the best player I've ever played against. She is the Magic Johnson of our game. She can do it all.
Hopefully we can focus on just that one game and not worry about the other 62 teams in the bracket. We've just got to play our game.
He wanted us to know before it came out in the newspapers. I think we're all pretty excited. We haven't met her, but we're looking forward to getting to know her. From everything we've heard, we think we got a good deal.
There are so many weapons in her game that just make us so much better. I'd hate to be the other team trying to figure out how to stop her.
Just toughness. To have four games in four days with some players playing almost 40 minutes ... their will to get it done impressed me. We've got to come ready to play, that's for sure.
I thought we put ourselves in position to win. We came here thinking and knowing we were going to win (and) I thought we played well enough to win.
I thought we came out and we handled them and the score shows it.
It is like a family atmosphere. You have your mom, you have your dad. It does trickle down to all of us because we are like their daughters in some little way.
I was just trying to add a little humor to the situation. That's just me being me.
It didn't really cross our minds (to foul) and we kind of backed off a little bit and Cyndi made a great shot. Great players make great shots.
I thought Lindsay was huge down the stretch for us.
That was probably the biggest game in non-conference we had. Once we got that win, it got us going confidence wise.
Who know what would have happened if we played like that for 40 minutes. But I thought we showed great character battling back the way we did.
We're all pretty excited to finally have a new coach.
We finally put ourselves in a position where (Hoskins) didn't catch it. She loves to drive baseline, so you have to take your chances with the jump shot. But it wasn't just Hoskins; a lot of other people hurt us.
We're walking into the same situation we had against Indiana. We have a lot to prove. Hopefully, we can carry this intensity over into the next game.
We have a lot to prove. Ohio State is a very good team. We have to play our best to win.
We played our game at our pace. And I think that's why we won this game.
We came out and we just dominated. To come out in the second half, makes me so proud of this team.
We still have a chance to hang a banner. The Big Ten regular season is over with and it really sucks that we can't do anything about it. From here on out, everyone is zero and zero.
(Webb) is our humor. She's our humor when we need to be funny, she's our comedy influence when we need to be serious.
We're excited about her. Everything we hear about her is nothing but great stuff.
We stayed composed. We got great looks, we just did not knock them down. Thankfully, our defense held them to 53 points.
We came out and handled 'em. The score shows it.
We came here thinking and knowing we were gonna win. That's why it kind of sucks right now.
We kind of got real fired up when coach Curry got a (technical).
We kind of got fired up when Coach Curry got a tech. We gathered ourselves and said, let's go, let's make this a ball game. We did that. It's a shame. If we'd played like that for 40 minutes, what would have happened?
When you look at the last two games, we didn't play good basketball. Give Indiana credit, they did. But tonight we came out and handled them and the score shows it.
We've got their phone numbers. We're going to make sure that they know we want them here, and we need them here.
When we talked to Morgan and Nancy and Roger, they have nothing but great things to say about her. I trusted Morgan from the beginning to get the best, and I think he did that. I think he went out there and got the best.
When she was talking to us, it made you want to get out there and start working right away. We're definitely ready to get back to work for her.
Very fortunate to get the win. We have to leave it at that. We can learn some things but we won the basketball game, and at this point that's all that matters.
There is so much individual talent on this team that at any given point someone is going to step up and make a play. When someone gets it going, we're going to go to them.
We have to do a good job of getting out and contesting their shots.
We're very fortunate to get the win. Let's leave it at that. We let it frustrate us. We're human; we're going to make mistakes, and they played their guts out.
To win four games in four days and have two or three players playing 40 minutes, that's extreme toughness.
We went on a run and they made a little run of their own. Give them credit, they kept fighting.
There's no moral victory here; we wanted to win and that's why it hurts.
There's just so much individual talent on this team that at any given point someone is going to step up and make a play. Lindsay was huge down the stretch and Erin hit some big buckets for us.
Defensively, we let them score 63, but thankfully our offense had 71. It's a win and that's what we have to take it as.
Defensively we came out and we were aggressive. They just didn't knock down shots and credit our defense for that.
Defense wins our games for us. It's just a very good defensive effort.
Coach Curry says we're better listeners, but I think we're just really focused on what we have to do. We all feel that we have a very talented team with a lot of potential.
Anybody can go down on any night. That's why you lace them up, and that's why you play. That's why God invented the scoreboard to keep score. So, who knows?
Anybody can go down on any given night. That's why you play. We feel like we're on top of the world. We'll be ready.
The bottom line, I think I needed to start being more aggressive earlier; I waited too long.
Aya was everywhere tonight. She had a great performance all around.
Aya carried us in the start of the second half.
That's just me being me. People don't need to worry about it. I know what's going on and I hear the talk. Coach Curry found a little humor in it. It's not a big deal.
You should approach a basketball game the same way every day. It doesn't matter who you play, if it's the Indiana Pacers or a third grade team.
This is going to hurt for a while. They played hard and they got stops when they needed to. You have to like their chances of going all the way.
They knocked shots down (while we were) trying to get back in a rhythm. But the important thing is that we won by 20 points and that's the bottom line.
They got a run of their own. They didn't back down. They kept fighting.
They're a hard-nosed, physical team and that's what they live by. We didn't fall down, we kept punching back. I thought our post players did a good job in there. (Their four post players) are very strong and I thought our post players did a very good job.
It's a good thing it's not a track meet. It's a basketball game.
It's a great honor. It's just a testimony of how our team finished this year.
For 40 minutes I thought we played extremely good basketball.
For 40 minutes, I think we played extremely good basketball. We came out a little sluggish to start the second half, but we stayed poised and didn't let it rattle us.
It's one and done in the Big Ten tourney, one and done in the NCAA tourney.
It's only human to look ahead and think if this happens or if this happens. Realistically, you have to take it one game at a time because if you don't win, you don't go on.
It's gonna be nice to play in familiar place, but we lost our last game there. We all remember losing to Indiana and hopefully we can get a win.
It's huge, but at the same we know it doesn't guarantee us anything. It's going to be nice to play in a familiar place, but at the same time, we lost our last game there.
It's a matter of taking it as we did with every other home game this year. It doesn't guarantee us anything but it's going to be nice to play in front of the home fans.
It's a mark of how great a coach she is that she keeps getting these offers. I hope (Athletic Director Morgan Burke) does everything he can to keep her. I'd love to play one more year for her.
It seemed like we were right back into it as quick as anybody could be. Unfortunately, they made one more shot than we did.
No matter what they do, they're huge for us. In so many games they've been so big for us, and it's something we're going to need down the stretch.
They came out strong and very aggressive in the first half. We weren't strong with the basketball. Give them credit but we have to do a better job of being strong with the ball.
They've shot over 600 three-pointers this year, and we've shot like 300. We've got to do a good job of getting out and contesting shots because they're going to put them up.
It was huge for us. Our post players, any one has the ability to score down there.
Once (Michigan State) cut the lead, we took over from there.
I love it. It's like 10 minutes from my home, so it's somewhere where I'm comfortable playing at and a lot us are comfortable playing at.
In all honesty, (the Big Ten title) is kind of still in our own hands. We do still control our own destiny. With two games left, it's first or second from here on out.
In all honesty, it's still in our hands. We still control our own destiny. We have to go to Ohio State prepared and ready to play.
I knew it was off as soon as I released it. With two seconds to go, it's kind of a desperation anyway. I wish I had it back as soon as I released it.
I'm just excited to have the opportunity to be in the tournament and play our opening game on our home floor.
If we want to win the Big Ten title we have to win and that's pretty much what it comes down to. If we lose, we get second.
(In the first half) we started to get into their tempo. We wanted to stay away from that.
In the first half, coach got on us a little because we took some quick shots.
I looked at the bracket and I thought about it. I've been thinking about (2004, when she made the all-tournament team as a freshman) a lot lately. I remember the feeling of celebrating after we beat Penn State. Hopefully, that's one we can duplicate.
In the second half, we were very, very aggressive. We had the lead (in the first half), but we weren't playing our best basketball. It's so hard to put into words. We just dominated in the second half.
In the past games, I thought we've done a good job of staying composed and letting little things rub off our backs, but (on Sunday) we let things bother us. We're human and we're going to make mistakes. We're just very fortunate to get the win.