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    Jan. 9, 2008

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    Louisville Head Coach Jeff Walz

    (On the physical game)

    "I am not surprised at all. They played very hard. I've known Coach (Muffet) McGraw a long time. I respect her program and how she coaches. I wasn't surprised. I thought it was a battle by both teams."

    "Tonight we played a lot harder than we played against Syracuse. Against Syracuse we did not show up to play very hard. We aren't a talented enough group of individuals who can just show up and win basketball games. If we play as a team, we're a very good basketball team. There's not much else to say except 15of 32. When it's an eight point game or a four or six point game and we're trying to claw back, you go 15 of 32 from the free throw line. There's not much more I can say."

    (On season foul shooting)

    "I think we are shooting about 69 percent from the free throw line. It's not that great. Tonight if we make about 23, there's your eight more points. Or at least you send the game into overtime. If we make them when we are supposed to instead of being tied at the half, even if we make four or five of those, which is 70 percent, we are up five or six points. You just can't afford to do that. Unfortunately, until we learn how important free throw shooting is, that's one of the things I pride myself on as a coach. That is one of the things I was really trying to change here, because they were the worst free throw shooting team in the BIG EAST last year. We're on pace to win that award again. So until that improves there are going to be some interesting games."

    (Is there pressure to win the UConn game)

    "No, it doesn't put any more pressure on me. I put enough pressure on myself every day at practice and in every game. Our goal as a coaching staff and as players is to win every game. When we start 0-3, 0-4, or 0-5 that's just the way it goes. We have to figure out as a team if we're willing to put the time and effort into it to be good - not just for seven or eight minutes during the game. We've got to work at it. UConn is going to come in here - in their last two games they've won, I think they won by 50. They're as good a team as I've seen in a long time. So we are going to have our hands full, it's going to be a battle. If we come out and play hard, compete, and do what we are supposed to, there is a chance. That's why you play the game."

    Notre Dame Coach Muffet McGraw

    "I am really pleased with the way we played in the second half. I thought defensively we did a much better job. We guarded the three-point line much better. Angel is such a tough match up, she had a great game. I thought Charel Allen did a magnificent job for us. She was outstanding at both ends of the floor and I am really proud of our effort tonight. We did not do a good job on the boards, but we did on the free throw line late in the game when we really needed it. I thought we kept our composure and played with a lot of poise and looked like a veteran team down the stretch."

    (On guarding Angel)

    "We were trying to double team her if she came off a ball screen and put different bodies on her. I thought Deveraux Peters would be able to guard her better because she is bigger, but she got in foul trouble. Charel did a really good job on her down the stretch."

    (On coming into a hostile environment)

    "I thought at the beginning of the game a couple of them were still a little shaken from the last game. Our leaders set the tone. I thought Tulyah did it on both ends of the floor. She came in late in the half with two fouls and scored four points was a huge momentum swing. Then she hit the foul shots late in the game and had an outstanding game."

    (On a rough game)

    "That's what you expect every night in the Big East. To get a win on the road was amazing. The conference is so strong top to bottom and every night we are going to have a war. We expected it to be physical. I thought the refs let us a play a little bit and I thought that was good."

     

     

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