Goestenkors earns 100th victory at Texas as Women's Basketball takes down OU, 87-62
Feb. 25, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Behind an aggressive defensive effort and a career offensive effort by Chassidy Fussell, the Texas Women's Basketball team downed the Oklahoma Sooners, 87-62, on Saturday evening at the Frank Erwin Center. It was the 100th victory at Texas for Longhorns' coach Gail Goestenkors.
Head coach Gail Goestenkors
Opening Statement:(I'm) just really proud of the team. I thought we came out and really set the tone on the defensive end of the floor. It was a tremendous team effort and I thought everybody really played well,played together and played hard. It showed in our 18 steals - that was effort. We were determined to get the hustle plays. I think overall we did that. I'm just really proud of the team. We sustained it for basically 40 minutes, and OU, they are a great team. So this was a tremendous test for us. We played with a sense of urgency that you would expect a team in our position to play with, so I'm just proud of the team.
On the sense of urgency the team played with:We talked after the Baylor game, "we just have to take it one game at a time and we need to treat every game like it is our last." We can't afford to look ahead and say that we need to win this or that, we just need to win the next game, the game that is in front of us. This was that game for us, OU, and now the only game that I'm concerned with at this moment is Missouri, period.
Sophomore guard Chassidy Fussell
On difference between winning by a huge margin and a smaller one: A win is a win. I feel likeit's going to be a big momentum boost for us going into the Missouri game and then finishing out the season but a win is a win for us.
Sophomore guard Chelsea Bass
On the difference between tonight and other games this season:I think we just came out and we know that our backs are against the wall and we came out and we were playing together. Before the game our thing was, hard work equals fun. So, defensively we started off working our butts off, and you could tell that we were having fun. When we have fun we are a really hard team to stop. That was the main thing, we worked really hard on both ends, crashing the boards, playing defense and we had fun.
Oklahoma head coach Sherri Coale
On her team's performance tonight:The entire 40 minutes we looked dysfunctional. We didn't play with great intensity. We didn't play with purpose from top to bottom. You can start with a combo of two point guards who turned it over 13 times together, to missed layups on the interior, to Whitney (Hand) going five of 20, or whatever it was. Just top to bottom, inside and out, as poor as we could play.
On her team's youth: We're just young, and we don't always understand. Right now, I've got a bunch of guys that are looking around going, "It's February, and we've got how many more games?" They're so young. They haven't been through this grind before. We've played a ton of close games. Everything has been just a slug-fest, and they haven't yet figured out how to be consistent with their energy and their purpose. It's easier to do that a home, I think, and hard to do consecutively. We're struggling with both of those things.