Houston 62 at UTA 58
Monday, Dec. 1, 2017 - College Park Center – Arlington, Texas
Head coach Krista Gerlich
Statement on the game...
""We knew coming in that Houston was really going to give us a fight. They are doing a great job of rebuilding that program. They are really athletic and we knew that their pressure was going to bother us some. The first half, we handled it fairly well and were in control for the most part. We didn’t take advantage of some opportunities that could have lengthened out lead a little bit but I definitely thought in the third quarter Houston came out and slapped us in the face. They did a great job of pressuring the ball and playing hard, playing with passion and I thought that put us on our heels. We were in backpedal mode the whole third quarter. I am proud of our kids for taking a deep breath and gathering themselves in the fourth quarter and giving us a chance to win. Our performance at the free throw line has to get better. We can’t miss 10 free throws and win close games. A lot to learn. Houston did a great job, kudos to them for staying after it. Hopefully our girls can learn a little bit from that."
Senior center Rebekah VanDijk
Thoughts on the game...
"The first half we were under control, and playing our UTA basketball and had control. We came out in the third quarter and just lost our mind and didn't play defense and had a lot of turnovers. That is where we lost it. We came back again in the fourth, but made poor choices. Brooke Alexander came in and fired us up and that got us going, but we just have to learn from the game."
On what the team will take from the game...
"We just have to be tougher with the ball, we had 26 turnovers and that is not acceptable. We have to take care of the ball and do what the coaches say. We looked like we hadn't practiced. The coaches told us that we had to watch out for the press and run our press offense and we will be fine, but we didn't do that and we just need to learn from that."
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