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Published: March 21, 2009, 12:00 AM (CT)
Updated: October 29, 2009, 03:37 AM (CT)
by LSUsports.net (@LSUsports), LSU Sports Interactive

BATON ROUGE -- The four teams at the Baton Rouge preliminary round site for the 2009 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament took part in pregame press conferences at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on Saturday. On-demand video is now available from each on LSUsports.net.

11:20 a.m. - #6 LSU | Watch Now
12:20 p.m. - #11 Green Bay | Watch Now
1:20 p.m. - #3 Louisville | Watch Now
2:20 p.m. - #14 Liberty | Watch Now

The transcript of each press conference will be available below:


2009 NCAA Women’s Basketball First/Second Rounds – Baton Rouge
Open Practice Day Press Conference – LSU Coach Van Chancellor Quotes

LSU head coach Van Chancellor

On Green Bay ...
“They’re really good at shooting the basketball. This is a team that has a great work ethic and plays hard. I was looking up their stats this morning and No. 30 for them is shooting 55 percent and their point guard is shooting 50 percent. They shoot the 3-ball extremely well and they play hard. Any team that can lead the country in defense and that has won 21-straight games has my attention.”

On if his team is anxious about the opening round game ...
“I think it’s just human nature to have jitters at this point in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. These players have been there and playing at home is really going to help us. We may start slow, but I think we’ll be fine after two or three minutes. A lot of things build up to start a game, but after a few minutes you just start to play basketball and I think you overcome that. We need to make some shots early.”

On his keys to victory ...
“We’re going to have to make every possession count because Green Bay gives you no possessions. They play every play and in turn we have to make every possession count. We have to be able to rebound the ball; that’s No. 1. We’re not a great rebounding team, but statistically have a rebounding advantage. We have to take care of the ball. We cannot turn the ball over. In our winning streak, we turned the ball over 12-13 times a game and gave up eight or nine offensive boards. When we’re losing, we turn it over 18 times and gave up 15 offensive boards. Those are the two keys.”

On playing at home ...
“The NCAA does everything they can to make this as neutral as possible, but they can’t take us out of our beds and they can’t take us out of our going to class and I don’t mean they should; I’m saying that’s the way it should be; I’m not trying to argue that point. I’m saying we still have our friendly crowd, but the biggest thing is that our players get to do what they normally do and that’s very big. It’s not going to score a point, but I’m not somewhere today in a motel room looking for something to do. I’m going home here in a minute to play with my grand-boys. That’s a great advantage to the coach.”

LSU Player Quotes

Open Practice Day Press Conference – LSU Player Quotes

Guard Allison Hightower

On Green Bay...
“We’ve been hearing that they’re a very good defensive team. They have the No. 1 defense in the country, so obviously they are good at defense, and also, they have some great shooters. They shoot the three very well, and they like to drive, penetrate and do all the little things especially very well.”

On Green Bay not having a big presence in the post...
“We’re definitely looking to feed the post a little more in this game, just because they’re a little bit undersized, but they play a lot of good help-side defense. They are always going to have somebody waiting if you drive or try to penetrate, so it’s just all about looking inside and just playing smart.”

On watching their younger teammates grow up...
“I think that everybody has matured and grown over the past 12 or 15 games. In the beginning of the season, it was a little bit different, and I think they’ve adjusted very well and picked up a lot of things very quickly. They learn everyday, and they are open to learning and working hard. They’ve grown and matured so much, and it’s a good thing to see.”

Forward Kristen Morris

On Green Bay...
“I’ve been asking around myself. I have a friend from Marquette who has played them, and the first thing she said was that they were a scrappy team, and that was the first thing that came to mind when I watched film on them. I’m under the impression that they play very hard, and they do shoot the ball very well, but most of all, they don’t give up on the game. They could be getting blown out by about 20 or 30 points, but they’re still going to give you a fight until the bell rings.”

On Green Bay not having a big presence in the post...
“Although they’re not big, they do a good job of taking away the post. They like to front the post, and they’re heavy on the help side. That’s why they’re so good on defense, but we just don’t want to force the issue too much and force turnovers, but we’re definitely going to try to get it inside and control the offensive boards a lot more. That’s definitely what we’re going to try and focus on, using our height and athleticism to our advantage.”

On watching their younger teammates grow up...
“It’s definitely a new season, but I think it’s a new season with new players as well. These aren’t the same players that you were seeing earlier in the season. I don’t think some of them were college-level ready yet, but I think we definitely are now. We’re ready, and we’re tough enough to stick whoever comes our way.”

LSU Open Locker Room Quotes

Guard Katherine Graham

On what Green Bay’s strengths are...
“They have good outside shooting and they are No. 1 in defense. We know we have to take care of the ball and play smart from start to finish. We need to stay within the offense and limit our mistakes.”

On how last year’s NCAA Tournament experience helped her prepare for this season...
“Last year I was a freshman so I was still learning during the tournament. This year I am able to be more hands on rather than sitting back and observing everything.”

Forward LaSondra Barrett

On experiencing her first NCAA Tournament...
“I am anxious and ready to play. I am looking forward to seeing the crowd and experiencing the environment. The LSU fans being here and supporting us is great. They bring it every game.”

On what she sees out of Green Bay...
“They are a pretty good team. They are known to be very quick. We have more size so we need to try and dominate them in the post.”

 

Green Bay head coach Matt Bollant

Opening statement...
“We are just excited to be here. We are proud of the tradition of Green Bay and the season that we had. I feel good about the four ladies sitting here next to me. The type of dedication and work ethic they brought to our program to continue the rich tradition that we have. We are excited to play LSU. They are a great basketball team and have been to five straight Final Fours. They have a rich tradition as well. We are excited to compete and represent Green Bay well. We have had a great week of practice and preparation. We are on a 21-game winning streak and we are excited to compete. Green Bay has played very well in the NCAA Tournament. We are planning on continuing that tradition.”

On what he told his team about LSU...
“On how extremely athletic they are. That jumps out at you when you watch the tape. It just seems effortless for them to run the floor with how strong they are and how well they move. They are going to be more athletic and be able to jump over us. We have to get a body on them. We have to lead the zone and really fight. As we play more athletic teams, you have to take care of the basketball and shoot a high percentage. Defensively, you have to keep them in front and you really have to fight.”

On why he believes there are less upsets in the women’s tournament as opposed to the men’s tournament...
“I think the women’s game is getting a lot better. Mid major (teams) have more of a chance to get good players. We have the AP (Associated Press) Player of the Year from Wisconsin coming here. There are more players coming (out of high school). I think that helps programs like ours. We lose a kid or two to Wisconsin but that third, fourth or fifth kid that is coming out is still really good. That gives us more of chance. As you see better high school basketball, I think you will see more parity in the women’s game.”

On what it would mean to his team to beat LSU on its home court...
“It would mean a great deal. (Green Bay) has never beaten a team on their home court in the NCAA Tournament. To beat someone on their home court would say a lot about our program, especially a storied tradition like LSU that has been to five straight Final Fours. They have a coach (Van Chancellor) that won four WNBA titles. It would say a lot for our program and validate the 21-game winning streak we have had.”

On what LSU has been able to do with five new starters...
“Give them a lot of credit for what they have done. I think at one point they were 12-9 and 5-4 in the SEC (Southeastern Conference). They have really good athletes. (LaSondra) Barrett doesn’t play like a freshman at all. I give them a ton of credit for how good they are defensively. You see kids come out of high school who are skilled offensively but a step behind defensively. They don’t see screens and don’t seem to play as hard.”  

Green Bay Player Quotes

Guard Kati Harty

On what the team knows about LSU...
“We know that they’re athletic. They’re big and athletic. They don’t have many shooters which can hurt or help them. We played Miami in our first game, and they’re a lot like Miami. I assume that we’ll match up against LSU just like we did against Miami.”

Guard Rachel Portah

On what the team knows about LSU...
“We know that they are very good rebounders. They have a good defense. They’re one of the top defensive teams in the nation. We have to be able to take care of the ball and rebound and not let them get any offensive rebounds.” 

On what’s at stake playing LSU...
“We don’t look at this as possibly being our last game.  We don’t think about that. We go out in every game and play hard and with confidence. We play as a team. That’s one thing that Green Bay basketball has always done. We’ve always played as a team and played as hard as we can. In practice we compete against one another. Everything that happens at practice on the court stays on the court. We never bring anything into the locker room, and I think that’s one thing that’s really special about our program. A lot of times when you compete hard against your teammates, it causes a lot of controversy, and our team never does that. I think that’s one thing that we have. We bring it every game. We four seniors give everything in practice. Every day we teach young girls. That’s just something that’s always come along. When we were freshman, the seniors played hard so that taught us. We’re excited. We’re going to play our hearts out no matter what.  We’re not going to pay attention to what it says on the front of their jerseys. It doesn’t matter. We’re going to play hard. 

On Green Bay’s experience compared to LSU’s experience...
“I think the experience gives us a lot of composure. We know how to handle certain situations. We don’t let play affect the next play and that’s one thing that experience and leadership can bring to a team. This team reminds me of the team that played at Connecticut two years ago. They led us really well and taught us so many things that we brought to the team this year. In a tight situation, I think young girls can get very excited and nervous, and as senior leaders we stay calm in those situations. I think that will help us tomorrow. Playing hard and realizing that they have future years to play and we don’t will make us give a lot more. We understand certain things more than them.”

On ranking of scoring defense...
“They’re going to get after us. They’re going to pressure us. They aren’t going to let us shoot where we want to shoot. We have to be strong with the basketball and move the ball around where we want to move it and run our offense. We’re going to play just as tough defense on them as they will play on us. Whoever gets the ball in the basket is who is going to win tomorrow. It will be a big defensive game.”

Center Lavesa Glover

On ranking of scoring defense...
“You’ll see that we’re going to play a tough game tomorrow. It should be a good game. Both teams defensively give their all, and we play team defense. They play really aggressively. They’re out there in the passing game. It’s just like Rachel (Portah) said, whoever puts the ball in the hoop will be the one that comes out.”

On balance scoring on Green Bay’s team...
“All of the five starters have a lot of confidence in each other. We never tell each other that something wasn’t a good shot. We always keep each other open. It’s a collective unit. Some teams may have a top-scoring player and no one else. It’s really nice to know that we have a lot of confidence in each other. We move the ball really well in our motion. It’s nice to be able to get each other open and score.” 

On LSU having such an inexperienced team and making it to the NCAA tournament...
“When you have a great coach like Van Chancellor anything can happen. These girls may be young but they have that driving force and that will to want to win. That’s what makes these games exciting. In this time of the year with the SEC tournament and the last couple of games they came out and flat out played. It doesn’t matter whether you have five freshmen starting or five seniors starting it’s just that driving force. Tomorrow will be exciting because both teams have that driving force. We’re both here to make an impact and have a good time and play a good game.”  

Forward Erin Templin

On playing LSU at home...
“It’s always an advantage to play at home. No matter who we’re playing, we’re still going to play as hard as we can. We’ve played several teams on the road, and we’ve been successful.”

Green Bay Locker Room Quotes

Guard Celeste Hoewisch

On what she thinks of facing LSU...
“I think it is going to be a great matchup with LSU. They are a great team, athletic and they bring something to the table that we have not faced this year. It should be a great game.”

On the excitement of the tournament ...
“It’s so exciting just to be here. We are not going to settle. It is fun being on the road. We have a lot of fans and boosters coming to support us. It is fun to be down here. Even though they are on their home court we are going to give it our best shot.”

Forward Kayla Tetschlag

On what she has seen out of LSU ...
“They are a very good team. They are extremely athletic and their defense is something to be concerned about. They will not give anything to us without a fight. It is going to be a great game and good match-up.”

On how the defenses will match up ...
“We are just going to play our game. We are going to come out and do what we have done all year. Our plan is to take it one possession at a time and not waiver from the way we play.”

Louisville Coach Jeff Walz

Opening Statement ...
“I’d like to thank everyone who is associated with LSU for the hospitality we’ve gotten since we arrived. We’ve had a great two days and we’re really excited about the chance to get on the floor today and practice and of course really excited about the opportunity to play tomorrow night against a very good Liberty team and of course, we’ll watch the LSU vs. Green Bay game. We’re excited to be there.”

On if any of their regular season opponents compared to Liberty ...
“Our strength of schedule is ranked tenth. We played at Xavier, who I think compares with them (Liberty) because of their size. We played at Utah and at Middle (Tennessee), which I thought were good places to play. So there are a few teams where you can take bits and pieces of each team and really compare them. I’m very impressed with this team. I think they’ve lost eight games this season and they’re 2-6 when Megan Frazee wasn’t playing. You put her on their squad when she’s healthy and they’ve only lost two games the entire season.”

On Liberty guard Megan Frazee ...
“What impressed me most about her is her size and the way she handles herself away from the basket and with her back to the basket. When you put a center on her to try to stop her in the post, she’ll take you out to the perimeter because she has the ability to take the outside shot. We’re going to play the way we always do and switch a bunch of screens, at the same time we’re going to have to know where she is. We’re going to have to make sure when she has the ball in her hands that we’re up on her and try to make her as uncomfortable as we can.”

On his team’s focus entering the tournament ...
“We’re excited. This is something we’ve worked for the entire season and that’s what we talked about once we got back on the court after our Big East final. We played 34 games and those games were there to prepare us for this tournament. I’m excited; I think the kids are excited. I know we’ll come out and play hard and that’s one thing we’ve stressed the entire season. We can’t control whether the ball goes through the net or not, but we can control how hard we play. I think you’ll be impressed with how hard these four teams are going to play. It’s going to be a battle.”

Louisville Player Quotes

Forward Angel McCoughtry

On what’s it’s been like to play under coach Jeff Walz in her last two years...
“It’s been a good transition. We hope to go far in the tournament. We have a great coach, and we’re just excited about playing tomorrow night. We want to take it one game at a time.”

On the accolades she’s received...
“Accolades don’t matter right now. It’s about taking it one game at a time to reach our goal. We’re trying to get to St. Louis, and that’s all that matters. Tomorrow is Liberty, and that’s all that matters right now.”

On Liberty...
“We have to rebound. Rebounding is important. They’re leading the nation in rebounding, so that’s a must.”

Forward Candace Bingham

On what it’s been like to play under coach Jeff Walz in her last two years...
“I think it’s a good opportunity. We have a great coaching staff that came in and helped us get to this point. Hopefully, we can just take it, run with it and take advantage of it.”

On Liberty...
“Again, we need to rebound, come out and play hard, execute our game plan, just play together and have fun.”

Guard Deseree’ Byrd

On Liberty...
“I think what’s going to be very important is for us to play defense. We have to stop them from driving to the basket obviously. That’s been one of our weaknesses this year. I think if we do that, we’ll be good.”

On getting back on track after the last loss...
“I think it took a couple of practice days. The first two practice days it wasn’t too good, but I think after coach Walz got on us a couple of times and let us know, we got back into our groove.”

Louisville Open Locker Room Quotes

Guard Becky Burke

On what she expects to see out of Liberty...
“We have been scouting them the last couple of days and obviously they are a good team because they are here (NCAA Tournament). We are just excited to be here and ready to get started.”

On what she thinks Liberty’s biggest strength is...
“I think they are the best rebounding team in the country. They are tall and long so something we have to focus on is boxing out. I think rebounding will be the difference in the game.”

Center-Forward Keshia Hines

On how excited she is to be in the tournament...
“It is ‘one and done’ from here on out. We have to bring our ‘A’ game every night. We are trying to make it to the national championship. We know what is at stake.”

Liberty Coach Carey Green Quotes

Opening statement... 
“We are very thankful to be here. This has been great hospitality provided by (LSU) and the NCAA. As we began our season, we had a lot of injuries. We are real thankful we were able to finish strong under the leadership of seven seniors. We are real thankful to be in this situation.” 

On what matchup problems Louisville presents... 
“They are very athletic. Their speed and quickness causes a lot of problems for any and every team. They have had a lot of success because of that. Not only this season but last season as well. We have to play with a lot of poise and share the ball. We need to make them spend more time on defense. They are tremendous at jumping in passing lanes. You have to respect what they are doing.”  

“At this time of year, you would be very unwise to go away from what you have been doing. You have to look at your opponent and see what their assets are. That is going to be difficult to deal with. Typically, with athletes in general – football, baseball and the game of basketball – the one thing that neutralizes speed is physicality. If we can tempo the game to be a half court game that will give us a better chance.” 

On what he sees from Louisville Forward Angel McCoughtry... 
“I see a first-round draft choice if not the first overall pick. I don’t think there are many players in the WNBA right now that could lock her down one on one because she is so athletic and has a complete game. I am thankful that this is a team sport and that we are not playing tennis, racquet ball or golf. She can go out there and dominate in an individual sport. I think that is our strength – team ball. At this level, margin of error is so small that you can get yourself in trouble.”

Liberty Player Quotes

Forward Megan Frazee 

On match-up with Louisville... 
“We’re very blessed to be here. When you get in the NCAA tournament, it’s going to be a tough game night-in and night-out. We’re preparing the best we can, and we’re all excited for this opportunity. I think it’s going to be a good game. I know the coaches will prepare us the best they can, and we’re going to listen to what they tell us. We’re going to figure out what we need to do to be successful.” 

On not playing with her sisters in the NCAA Tournament... 
“I think the Lord has a reason for everything. It is kind of interesting that the years we have made it we haven’t been together. I know I’ve really appreciated the support they’ve given me. As much as it would be great for all three of us to be out here, the Lord has a reason for it so we take what he gives us and we’re happy and blessed to be healthy for most of our years at Liberty.” 

On problems with match-up that Louisville could present... 
“We know that Louisville is a very good team, and we’re blessed to be here. We have quite a bit of good athletes on our team. I think that we have a lot of size, and we know that Louisville will be quick and athletic. We have to do our best to try to contain them. Angel is a great athlete and player, and it will be key for us to try to limit her. I know she will get her points. We’re still excited and ready for the task.” 

Liberty Open Locker Room Quotes

Forward Moriah Fraze 

On playing Louisville... 
“They have a good core group of girls, but we are excited to get out there and play to see what can happen.” 

On rebounding impacting the game... 
“I know we definitely have them outsized. We definitely have a lot of girls that are taller than them. (Rebounding) is something we really focus on in practice and that is really big. Offensive boards give you a chance to get more buckets.” 
Guard/Forward Rebecca Lightfoot  

On playing Louisville ...  
“I think it is a good challenge for us, especially with one particular player, and I think it’s achievable for us.” 

On if Liberty does anything differently to prepare for the NCAA Tournament ...  
“I don’t think we do anything different because our coach always tells us that where we are playing this way so there is no need to change it. I think it’s just consistency.” 
 

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