No. 10 Buckeyes win third straight, top No. 20 Huskers 82-68
Jan. 19, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio State's 1-2 punch was great. But so were the rest of the Buckeyes.
Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On preparing for a game
"There's a lot of ways to play basketball. You figure out the attributes of the players, throw up a scheme, and go play."
On the play of the guards
"When the guards attract double coverage and the post players run to the rim, good things are going to happen. [Amber] Stokes is just starting to find holes."
"They're a good basketball team. She [Nebraska head coach Connie Yori] is a good coach. She's had good teams in the past. She's a hard worker and she's in a state that has something like 1.8 million people. You'd better go find some players if your state's not going to give you yours. I think they do a very good job. I see her out there, all over the place and over the summer. That's the result."
On Ohio State's defense
"I liked our defense against two of their players. I didn't like the defense against one of their players. The camera doesn't lie. We'll watch it and talk about it tomorrow."
On the team's mentality
"It's a game. If they can't bounce back doing the thing they love more than anything in the world, I don't know what they'd do. I don't think I'm coaching any sopranos or concert pianists. I haven't seen a violin in the locker room. If losing a basketball game makes you crazy, I've got some serious issues."
On his team's toughness
"We're tough. I don't know if I want to find out [if they can get any tougher]. I think we are tougher [than before]. What's the epitome of toughness? I don't know."
Samantha Prahalis, senior guard
On the style of play against Nebraska
"When we watched film we knew they wanted to get up and down a little bit. They wanted to pressure the ball and that's what they did. Once we started rebounding a little more and locking up on defense I think we started to click. I think on offense I felt like Amber (Stokes) got a lot of layups. I thought overall we did pretty well."
On the role of the team's bench
"I think we're a pretty deep team. I think each game is different. I feel like it could be a different player that steps up for us each game. I think every game is what we need and I think our bench does a great job of supplying a bunch of different looks."
"It's just different with the three-guard look with me, Amber and Tayler. We're all fast in all different ways. We're all coming at you in different ways and we all add something to the offense that is different. It's kind of scary for other teams to face."
On the difference of this team against her previous three years at Ohio State
"I think it's hard because the other team's I've been on we had a lot of talent just as much as this one. Our basis is defense and hard work this year. We're the team that flies to the ball. We like to play up and down the court. We like defense and hard work. This team has a little bit of a hard edge to it."
Amber Stokes, redshirt junior guard
On her offensive role
"They always try to take out Sammy (Prahalis) and Tayler (Hill), so I have to play the role and step up and make those little shots."
On Tayler Hill playing tonight
"I knew Tayler was going to play. I knew she was alright. Tayler is strong and she will always play."
On guarding junior guard Lindsey Moore
"I thought 00 was a pretty good player. I think once I back up a little bit off of her it worked better. You just have to know how to play certain people a little bit better than others. "
On the team's defense
"Overall I thought our defense was pretty good tonight. We got steals and we were rebounding. In the second half we came together. We were talking and especially in the end we played solid to stop them from coming back."
Ashley Adams, sophomore center
On what Ohio State did differently in the second half
"We just went after the ball more. We let them take more shots so we could rebound more and get the ball."
On her shooting performance tonight
"The guards did a good job finding me and I just finished the shots."
Connie Yori, Nebraska Head Coach
On the game
"Well Ohio State is really good and they are really good in this building. They are good when they can get their transition game going. They scored 20 points basically unguarded. Transition offense was really critical and they've got great guard play. They have as good of guard play with those two [Tayler Hill and Samantha Prahalis] as anybody in the country."
On Ohio State guard Amber Stokes
"Stokes gave them a huge lift. When we weren't guarding her she got by us. She's a really quick kid and she made plays."
On how Nebraska played
"I thought we played really hard. Our intelligence is not where it needs to be as a really young team. We played 10 different players today and six were freshmen. We are probably the youngest team in the Big Ten. We make too many errors and our shot selection is questionable at times."
On the Big Ten
"It's a great league. I think more than anything it seems anybody can beat anybody in this league. There is great strength from top to bottom."
On whether or not her team understood the quickness of Ohio State's guards
"I'm involved with the USA Basketball Committee so I have had a chance to watch Hill and Prahalis in person. For me, I kind of knew what we were expecting, but I don't think our kids knew what to expect."