UTA Head Coach Krista Gerlich
Opening statement on the win vs Appalachian State:
"I just want to say that App. State played a great game, they really took it to us for awhile. If I’m not on the sideline, you hate to see someone lose that game. But I did think that our kids fought through some adversity themselves. Rebekah didn’t have a great game, and credit that to App. State as they really clogged things up for her. I thought Bayley Plummer did a really nice job on her and they just didn’t give her lanes to the basket. So we really had to find other ways to score. I thought that are kids didn’t shoot the ball very well from the perimeter, and we can shoot it much better than we are but we still made some plays. All week we’ve been talking about defense and just making defensive stops with more intensity. So to end the game by almost getting three 5-second calls and making them use their timeouts before we ended up getting the ball back was huge. I’m really proud of our effort, fight, and just finding a way to win."
On going to Rebekah VanDiik on the final play despite her quiet offensive game:
"We went to her because she is our leading scorer and rebounder. She’s our go-to girl and you ask your best players to make big plays. I thought going to her might catch the defense off guard a little bit because we weren’t able to get it to her for most of the night. We had another option available if she wasn’t open, but I was really glad that Lauren Billie threw her the ball. What I was probably most proud of was that Rebekah didn’t let the defenders deflection keep her from going and getting the ball. But you just go to your best players, and she’s a senior and we’ve ridden her back for four years so we’re gonna keep riding it."
Thoughts on facing an athletic Coastal Carolina team on Saturday:
"Our rebounding has to be better vs them. I believe Coastal Carolina just crushed us on the boards last time we played them. And we watched that film in depth after we played them because there were just so many missed opportunities. We are definitely going to have to play smart, play hard and fight. They’re really physical so we’re going to have to follow are gameplan. There were a few times tonight that we came out of a timeout or came out of a huddle and didn’t execute. So our kids have to get better when it comes to focus. At this point of the season it’s about fighting and executing and wanting to win more than the other team. So hopefully we can find a way to do that on Saturday."