Jan. 30, 2004
Duke Head Coach Gail Goestenkors
"I give N.C. State a lot of credit. Their first half was incredible. We knew they had a lot of confidence and we knew that they were playing their best basketball. They came in with a great game plan. They did an unbelievable job on the boards and really took it to us. I was really disappointed with our first half effort. I thought we were a half step slow until the end of the first half. I knew that defensively we needed to make some adjustments going into half time. I'm really proud of the way we played in the second half. We can't afford to have a half like we did tonight."
"At half time, I told them I felt that N.C. State was playing harder than we were and that they were playing with passion. They were outhustling us, but there is no excuse for that. Sometimes you aren't going to make your shots and that's ok, but there is no excuse for getting outhustled the way we were outhustled in the first half."
"We are very fortunate to have players who are so versatile. It allows us to give teams a lot of different looks. Tonight, it worked to our benefit. We needed them all."
On poor three-point shooting:
On Alana Beard in the second half:
On Beard's injuries:
Duke Senior Iciss Tillis
On the change of pace in the last 25 minutes:
"I think when you play against tough players like [Chones] if you get around in front of them, the guards stop thinking about them as much because they can't see them, so that is what we tried to do. We would double-team her, and she only scored when we fouled her in the second half."
On the attempted dunk:
On confidence level:
Duke Sophomore Mistie Bass
On Coach Goestenkors at half time:
N.C. State Head Coach Kay Yow
"Well, we came out full of energy and really sharp and really attacking and playing with a lot of confidence in the first half. That was obviously a great half for us. Second half, I think a number of things. We couldn't keep up the pace; we ran out of steam; we weren't nearly as sharp at either end of the floor. The turnovers just really killed us. Coming into the game we knew that we couldn't turn the ball over a lot. We had to have great defensive stops; they're a great offensive team. We still did a good job on the boards. We knew we had to score. Those are the key things for us. We were attacking so much better in the first half. It really slowed down, became more hesitant."
"With credit, Duke on the other hand, picked it up. They got more aggressive with some traps here and there, just went after the loose balls and beat us to some rebounds when we had inside position. They just outplayed us the second half. It was a disappointing second half for us because I do think we can play better than we did the second half, than we did tonight. I just wish we could play two halves like that against anybody. With that kind of intensity and movement and the aggressiveness we showed, I would really like to see two halves like that."
On getting the ball down low to Kaayla Chones:
On Duke's traps:
On noticing Beard's injuries:
N.C. State Senior Kaayla Chones
On Duke's second half comeback:
"When we went in (at halftime) we still had the lead, although they were coming back. We wanted to try and maintain the same intensity that we had in the first half and carry that over into the second. I don't think that we felt that fatigued, we have a pretty deep bench."