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UNC WBB: Air Force Game Quotes
Release: 11/08/2013

Diamond DeShields, Stephanie Mavunga, and Coach Calder Press Conference

Postgame Quotes after Air Force Victory

11/8/13

Assistant Coach Andrew Calder On Air Force's Performance...

"I thought they competed until the end.  On offense and defense, we were just bigger and stronger than they were.  I like the way they competed."

Calder on UNC's Performance...

"I thought we played with enthusiasm.  I think we did a great job of sharing the basketball.  I thought we were looking for the extra pass and getting open.  I thought we could have shot a little better, on the three obviously, but they were getting good shots."

Calder On Xylina McDaniel's Fouls...

"It was the perfect opportunity for her to learn.  Players have to learn to play with two fouls in the first half.  I almost wanted to leave her in with four so she'll learn to play when she's in foul trouble."

Stephanie Mavunga on her discipline...

"My coaches always talk about how we're not learning how to foul in practice, so I just try to keep my hands up because I know that I'm taller than most of my opponents."

Diamond DeShields on her first college game...

"It was special.  Definitely will be something that I remember.   With playing the first college game and then with such high expectations, we have to be able to adjust quickly.  We have one game to prepare for the biggest game we will have played at Carolina, and it's the second game of the season.  This game was great, but before the game started, I told the team that we need to make this about us.  We have got to get better tonight, because on Monday, America is going to see us and what we have to offer.  Tonight, I tried to give it everything I have going into Monday."

Mavunga on the first game...

"It was nice.  It was a remarkable experience.  One of the biggest opponents coming in on Monday [Tennessee], and so it was a way to get better tonight and get through our plays and our defense.  IT was nice to run it against a different team and make sure you get all your jitters out and your fouls out."

Calder on three double-digit scoring freshmen...

"They're learning.  They are high basketball IQ players.  They're talented and working very well with the upper classmen. They contributed in several ways besides just the points also.   They created scoring opportunities for us."

Calder on Mavunga filling the center role...

"She's a more powerful than Walteia [Rolle] and a little better shooter than Chay Shegog.  But they're very similar, all three of them.  Neither one of them could really shoot the three, and I think Stephanie Mavunga can stretch the defense.  She can play skilled basketball."

Calder on Tennessee game upcoming...

"We're practicing tomorrow [Saturday] and we're practicing Sunday, and we're worried about Carolina.  And Carolina getting better.  That's our mentality.  I told them before the game that teams that concentrate on getting better will reach their potential.  And that's our goal.  To get better.  To get better every time we go out on that basketball court.  And we did things better this game than the last game: better communication on defense, better transition defense, and that's our goal is to get better.  I just want them to be the best they can be."

Calder on Coach Sylvia Hatchell's session with the team...

"It was a great team-building session; she did a great job. "

DeShields on the session with Coach Hatchell...

"Well, first of all, just seeing her was something special in itself, especially for us freshmen.  We're starting, and we don't have our head coach.  I mean Coach Calder is doing a great job replacing her, but seeing her, seeing her smile, was great.  She really just came in, she was positive, and she said, 'I'm gonna get through this.'  She gave us something to feed off of.  We did this team-building exercise with sticks that was inspirational to see that we have strength in numbers and how strong we are when we band together and build our team chemistry up and that we're unbreakable when that happens.  And we know that she's here with us in spirit, so we can't wait to have her back on the court."

Calder's reaction to Coach Hatchell's absence...

"I would hope that I'm coaching the game the way she wants this team to play, the way she put this team together.  We talk a lot, and she gave me some advice on what she wanted the team and how she wanted the team to play and attack, whoever the opponent is.  We played Sylvia Hatchell basketball today."


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