Around the (March Madness) rim: March 24
SENIOR GUARD Erneisha Bailey
On the Big 12 Conference's rigorous schedule preparing the Longhorns for the NCAAs: With every game in the Big 12, just because one team looks better on paper doesn't mean that team will win the game. On any given night in our conference, any team can win. I have seen that for four years! Our conference prepares us for the postseason, even though we haven't been here (to the NCAAs) since my freshman year. Last night, going up against Minnesota, we felt confident and prepared for the opportunity because of the teams we play in the Big 12. And, we are following our scouting reports diligently. Coach G's system fits a lot of us because there's trapping, a faster pace of play and we can use our athleticism. That said, we have a lot of respect for what Connecticut is accomplishing this year and in years past.
On playing UConn in Bridgeport, Conn., about 90 minutes from UConn's campus: Well, Coach G has had success against UConn. We heard from the media in the press conference that Coach G and her Duke team beat Connecticut the last time she was here in Bridgeport -- so, that's good luck for us !
Our schedule prepared us because everyonje in our conference is athletic and quick -- and that's Connecticut. We're going to play good defense, be quick and athletic ourselves, and make hustle plays. That's been the mark of our team as of late, and if we do the things we normally do in wins, hopefully it can come out in our favor tomorrow night.
REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE POINT GUARD Carla Cortijo
To play them we are going to try and adjust and try and protect the paint more because they have a good, big post player in (Tina) Charles. She is physical and we know what it's like to go against a good post because we play (against All-American) Courtney Paris (of Oklahoma). We've got to dig down and play Texas defense and get back in transition.
On Coach G and what she's told them about her success and experience in playing in the NCAAs at Bridgeport: She really didn't talk to us about any of that. She has told us to enjoy the NCAA experiences and how much fun it is to be in the Final Four -- like Texas was in 2003 before we got here. Everything she does is to motivate us to get there.
JUNIOR POST Ashley Lindsey
Also, when we went out to eat the other night before our game wit Minnesota, we all sat around and made up a song about our team managers that was pretty fun! It's a flow, and it has a beat that we can sorta dance to! We all came together to write and perform the song, and just make fun of the managers, our student athletic trainer, and our strength coach Logan (Schwartz). That's how we've been spending our free time -- making fun of each other and teasing. It's our team bonding and that's what we're all about -- trying to be a stronger team. And, we've been around each other so long this season that we're getting really closer as a team, and that closenss is helping us on and off the floor.
REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE GUARD Crystal Boyd