Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Transcript: Washington State Head Coach June Daugherty, Player Chanelle Molina Post UK Hoops 69 vs Washington State 67 Comments

Washington State Head Coach June Daugherty, Player Chanelle Molina Post UK Hoops 69 vs Washington State 67 Comments

Opening Statement…
“What a game. We got punched in the mouth early in that first quarter and we really showed that resiliency, really stepping up and getting it down to a couple points at halftime. Seesawed back and forth, went down 10 late and again the confidence and the heart to come back was outstanding. We out-rebounded them, we out-shot them, came out short there at the end with them being able to score and us running out of time there.”

On Kentucky getting off to a big lead early in the game…
“Honestly, I thought that we were a little nervous coming out and it’s not unexpected right now. We’re going through a little bit of a transition with both of our leading scorers being out and both of our leading rebounders being out. Our two most experienced players are out, so we’re asking a lot of our freshmen and our freshmen class and players that usually don’t play a lot of minutes. We’re adjusting to that, and once they settled down I think they understood that they could get the stops that we needed and kind of get into a little bit of a running game, get something easy, which gave our offense some confidence. I thought that it was more on us than what they were doing to be honest with you.”

On her technical foul…
“If I comment they will take some money out of my pocket and it’s the holidays so I would rather keep it.”

On what was going well during the comeback…
“Our kids got confident. They started believing in each other. I thought we started moving the basketball better. I thought our matchup zone gave them all types of trouble. One of the things that is great about it is that when you have athletic kids, like Chanelle, who can disguise it and make it look like man-to-man for a few passes and boom. It’s kind of really a matchup and that is kind of what we used late in that stretch. We had six or seven straight stops, and that got us into our running game. I thought that was really big for us. The other thing is that we had the confidence. They’re young or inexperienced to play a lot of players and right now we have to play a lot of players and I felt like our bench really stepped up for us tonight, especially on the defensive end and rebounding wise.”

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#11 Chanelle Molina, Fr., G

On getting that lead in the third quarter…
“We had a lot of confidence. When we started getting stops in the second quarter and we started building that lead, that is when we started having that confidence. We had the confidence all along, we just had to find it and that came with defense. Our defensive stops, rebounding, those little things that produced on the offensive side.”

On playing against Makayla Epps…
“She is a good player. She is a senior, so she is very experienced. It’s kind of nice knowing that I can play with her and keep up with her. It’s really fun. As a point guard I have to stay composed, so I have to learn how to have fun and not take everything so serious. That will just mess up my game. It’s really fun.”

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