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(from left) Sha Brooks, Depree Bowden and Jennifer Mossor talked with the media following the win.

Monday March 24, 2008Post-Game Quotes and Notes Following the Gator's WNIT Second Round Win

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(from left) Sha Brooks, Depree Bowden and Jennifer Mossor talked with the media following the win.

 

 

Florida Post-Game Quotes

Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast

Women’s NIT Second Round

March 24, 2008

 

Florida Head Coach Amanda Butler

On the game:
“Obviously, it was a very hard fought battle by both sides. I think that is what you expect in postseason basketball, especially when you start to advance and get in the second and third round games. We knew that it was going to be a fight. They are a very, very talented team. Obviously, they do what they do well. They came in here with some seniors whose agenda was for their season to not be over. You have to credit Florida Gulf Coast for their effort. It was a great game plan and a fight all the way to the end. I was very pleased with the way we responded in some tough situations and some matchup challenges. Not being able to have some people on the floor that we normally rely on quite a bit, people stepped up for us. Jen (Mossor) hit some big baskets for us. Sha (Brooks) did as well. We just had some unique performances, and that is what you hope happens this time of year.”

On the Florida Gulf Coast comeback:

“I was really pleased with our response. I think it would have been really easy for our kids to freak out. I do think we are playing confidently, although we didn’t shoot the ball confidently. Those are things or situations that we try to put them in during practice and we talk about a lot every single day. It is good to see that they are paying attention and making the right decisions when the heat is really on.

 

Junior Guard Sha Brooks

On the game:

“Both teams came out and played hard. They are a totally different team than they were when we played them in the early half (of the season). We are a totally different team as well, even though we didn’t shoot the ball well. Our defense and the big rebounds in the end helped us get the win.”

 

Sophomore Guard Jennifer Mossor

On the game:

“I think it took a few minutes for us to get into the flow because we haven’t played in so long. We came together well because we got a win.”

On Marshae Dotson’s late rebound:
“That was huge. I was sitting there watching ‘like please grab that rebound’. That put us in a position to have the ball. It was huge for us.”

 

 

 

Florida Gulf Coast Post-Game Quotes

 

Florida Gulf Coast Head Coach Karl Smesko

On the game:

“I am really proud of our team, especially our four seniors and the three young ladies up here. They made a lot out of this season and committed to making something out of this season after a broken start. They improved so much over the last couple of months. We had an opportunity to play a team with the quality of Florida and played the game to the wire, and had a chance at the end.”

 

On the difference between the first and second meetings:

“I think we are a much better team now. We work together much better. We still have lapses in plays that were too long to win the game. But the first time we played our lapses were for much longer periods of time. Florida is too good to make too many mistakes. They are going to capitalize on your turnovers and turn them into points and make put-backs on your missed blockouts.  We just had fewer of those mistakes.”

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Senior Forward Delia De La Torre

On making a run to get back into the game:

“We had Coach (Karl) Smesko on the sidelines with his head up and cheering us on, saying ‘Let’s go, let’s go.  I think that had a lot to do with us getting back into the game.”

 

On when she knew her team had a chance to come back:

“There wasn’t a particular point.  I just felt with them coming back and starting to score, we had to just come right back at them and start scoring.  I thought we still had a chance to come back.”

 

Senior Guard Ashley Haegele

On making a run to get back into the game:

 “They were getting a little frantic.  It seemed like they were beginning to feel the pressure of us making those plays, so they started throwing up shots that maybe weren’t the best shot, but that’s what we were going to do, get them to shoot tough shots and get the rebound and push it up the floor. 

 

On fouling out of the game:

“Obviously, your senior year you want to be in the game until the final seconds, but I trusted my teammates that if we were going to make a miracle happen, we could do it.  We had 16 or 17 seconds left and I had to get over being upset and cheer on my teammates and hope that we could make anything out of it.”

 

Senior Guard Chelsea Dermyer

On the difference between last season and this season:

“We don’t go out there expecting to lose.  We’ve had success the last two seasons and there was no reason for us to go into this game thinking that we’re going to lose.  This is no different than last season, this is the post season that we were working for and that’s what we did. We weren’t just happy to be here, we were out there to win.”

 

 

Post-Game Notes

Florida vs. Florida Gulf Coast

Women’s NIT Second Round

March 24, 2008

 

*Tonight was the 550th win all-time for the Florida women’s basketball program.

*Florida holds a 10-3 record this season in games decided by six points or less.

*Amanda Butler is the first coach in program history to guide the team to a post-season appearance in her first season.

*Butler has improved Florida’s record by 10 wins over last season, tied for the best turnaround by the 48 teams in the country with first-year head coaches.

*Tonight was Florida’s 19th win this season. That ties for the most wins by a first-year head coach in school history. Debbie Yow also recorded 19 wins (19-9) during the 1983-84 season.

*Florida holds a 3-2 record in WNIT play games decided by seven points or less and an 8-4 record in WNIT games overall.

*Florida recorded three blocks tonight for 102 blocks on the season marking the eighth season Florida has recorded 100 or more blocks in a season and the first time since 2003-04.

*Florida has now won 14 home games this season, tying the second-most home wins in Florida history.

*Florida Gulf Coast was the first team in history to make the WNIT in its first season as a Division I athletic program.

*Florida went on two runs of 7-0 or more in the first half. The Gators answered Florida Gulf Coast’s opening 4-0 run with a 7-0 run from 18:28 to 15:59 in the first half. The Gators went on an 11-0 run from 5:01 to 1:03 in the first half.

*Florida ended the first half on an 11-1 run and did not allow the Eagles to make shot from the floor from 5:19 to the end of the half.

*Florida Gulf Coast had two runs of 6-0 or more in the fist half. The Eagles put together a 7-0 run from 14:45 to 13:28 and a 6-0 run from 12:11 to 8:37.

*There were three ties and three lead changes in the first half before Florida took the lead for good at the 4:09 mark on a shot by Sha Brooks.

*Florida Gulf Coast went nine minutes of game time without hitting a shot from the floor from 5:19 left in the first half to the 16:19 mark in the second half.

*The Eagles did not score their first points of the second half until 16:19 remaining.

*The Eagles held Florida scoreless for over four minutes from 13:34 to 9:15 in the second half to cut the Gator lead to seven points.

*The largest lead of the game was a 14-point lead by the Gators on a shot by Jennifer Mossor with 13:34 remaining.

*Florida’s Aneika Henry fouled out with 6:08 remaining in the game.

*Florida Gulf Coast’s Ashley Haegele fouled out with 0:16.7 remaining in the game.

 

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