UNC Postgame Quotes
Release: 03/03/2013

North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell:

Opening Statement:

"I look at the stat sheet and I see all these categories where we beat them or are ahead of them, so if we could make some foul shots, that would help. We wanted to hold three-point shots down and they got two. We wanted them to turn the ball over and they had 29 turnovers. And we outrebounded them. So we accomplished several of our goals, which were to hold their three-point shots down, make them turn the ball over and to outrebound them. All these things I challenged the players on, we accomplished, except if we could make some foul shots that would help there and the fact that we took 21 more shots than they did. I see a lot of good things here and we'll build off of this and get ready for the ACC Tournament."

On whether she is concerned about her team's recent shooting performances:

"We shot pretty good in some of these other games that we've had. We'll get in the gym and just keep working on it. Again, I'll mention that if we had made some foul shots, we would have won the game. I love this team and these kids are great. They've worked extremely hard and we've got great balance on this team ... Some of it may be the right people taking the shots, and normally [Tierra Ruffin] Pratt doesn't miss some of the shots she missed today and Waltiea [Rolle] had some little cheapies around the basket she missed. We've had games where they put those down. We'll keep working. I see another stat also - we wanted to have more steals than they did too and we did. There are five categories we wanted. We did them all but winning the game." 

On how her team is prepared for the ACC Tournament:

"I just told them in the locker room, 'We're right where we want to be.' We've got the whole week planned out - we've actually got every minute planned out until we play Friday night. We're just going to do what's worked for the other championships. These kids are excited, they're playing well and they're looking forward to having an opportunity to go up there and play."

Senior guard Tierra Ruffin-Pratt:

On the overall effort of her team in the loss:

"It was great. I'm really proud of my team. We fought hard until the end and like Coach said, we won all the categories we wanted to win in except for points. I think we did a pretty good job."

On how the scoring runs impacted the game:

"We missed a lot of shots. We got good looks and open shots. We just couldn't hit them."

Senior guard Krista Gross:

On the loss of Waltiea Rolle to foul trouble:

"Obviously Waltiea is a big factor for our post play. Her presence there makes everything a lot easier because worse comes to worse, you just throw it up and Waltiea can get it. Having her not there at the end, everybody just knew we had to step up and we knew she couldn't come back so we didn't let it affect us too much."

On her problems with finishing shots in the game:

"I think it was just this game is a lot of excitement. I don't think it's nerves. I think it's just you're so excited that you're just a little bit too strong. It was a physical game too - it was physical both ways. We just have to be able to finish."

On helping her younger teammates adjust to the atmosphere in Cameron Indoor Stadium:

"When we were warming up, I forgot that they hadn't played here yet. I think it was good for them, to come over here and play so hard, and for them to get this experience, especially going into tournament time. I think it was good for them and they can definitely learn from this." 

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