Postgame Quotes • January 30, 2014
Syracuse 78, North Carolina 73
Associate Head Coach Andrew Calder
"First, I apologize to Coach [Sylvia] Hatchell and obviously the team, I didn't have them prepared obviously the way I needed to have them prepared. I'd also like to give a lot of credit to Syracuse, I thought they did a lot of very good things in their half court trap, full court press, back in half court press. A lot of credit to them, I want to wish them the best of luck. Twenty-nine turnovers, 28, I guess they had, I had one of them. As a coach when I hollered to the referee for a thirty second and my player looked over at me and we threw the ball and it went out of bounds. Twenty-eight turnovers, I never thought this team would have had 28 turnovers. But that responsibility is on me of spacing, ball faking and making sure that people are in the right spots on the floor to attacking the press. I just have to do a better job."
On what to learn from the game
"Well we're going to look at the positives, like we do after every game. We did some great things out there, we're going to build off the positives. We're not going to continue to dwell off the negatives. I'm going to get them in better spots on the floor. We play Miami on Sunday, I can't look past Miami. Miami is very good, so we'll be ready for Miami on Sunday."
Diamond DeShields, Fr., G
On what to take away from the loss
"Definitely. I mean we've been winning games, obviously, and usually in the second half if it's a close game we end up pulling away. This is the first time we've really had to battle like that, and I would say that it is a part of the maturing process. As far as the team goes, there's some players who handled it maturely and then there's some players who are still working on it. As a team, we've still got to get it right collectively. We should learn from tonight, we shouldn't dwell on it, we shouldn't be upset about it. Moving forth, we're just going to improve. Syracuse is a great team, I can't say anything bad about what they did tonight, but we've got a lot to work on so that's what we're going to do. Get better."
Stephanie Mavunga, Fr., F
On the technical foul
"It's tough, it's really tough. It was just uncharacteristic of me, you know I've never gotten a technical in my life. It was just the heat of the moment. I was just really excited about the block I guess, so I turned around and did what the referee said was taunting. I mean it's just hard knowing that the game changed right there for the most part. My teammates keep telling me to keep my head up and it's kind of hard but I mean we'll bounce back so I have faith in us."
Syracuse Head Coach Quentin Hillsman
"Well, I thought the key to this game was the second half-we got back. We got our defense set. We were having major problems just getting back off the made baskets and getting back and getting our defense set. Obviously, those misses were a little bit easier, but you have to pull back on defense, too. Every press that you make starts on defense that will lead you to a half-court trap, and I thought that's where our defenses really got set. I thought that was the difference in the second half: we had some good traps, forced some good turnovers, and that was it. I mean, it's just about trying to stay in the system and stay within what you do, and Carolina really pushed you, push your principles. They did a lot of things like pressing against your zone and make you make adjustments, and I remember at halftime, we made one adjustment to our zone, and we started getting those passes and started getting those dump game early in the game. First half, they didn't get those. And we made an adjustment on that and got back and took those away. And that was it. Obviously, you've got to make shots, and it was a tale of two halves. We shot 47 percent in the second half and 60 percent from three. So obviously, it was no secret when you shoot those kind of percentages that you're going to be successful. Our kids really competed. It's a very young Carolina team playing against a very young Syracuse team. And those teams really battled. And you have to give Carolina a lot of credit. They just really battled and N'Dea [Bryant] and those guys were really fighting. And obviously, we were thinking about Coach [Sylvia] Hatchell. I love this lady to death, she's a great lady. And she's a great ambassador for women's basketball. It's like coming here and not seeing her here, it's really tough because she's always the first one to welcome you. And when I first got my job, she was one of the first people to call me and didn't even know me. So it just says a lot about her and the way she is with women's basketball, so I miss her a lot. She's a sweetheart. And obviously, we wish her the best, and this was just one of those games where we just came out and played tough, they came out and played tough, and we came out on top."