|AN INTERVIEW WITH: MARYLAND COACH BRENDA FRESE & PLAYERS|
THE MODERATOR: We'll go ahead and get started take an opening statement from coach and then take questions for the student athletes.
COACH FRESE: First of all I tell you, just we're extremely happy to be here. We appreciate every single time that you get to advance and move on and to be able to play tomorrow.
I'll tell you, just very proud of how we came out and played what I thought was probably pretty close to a 40 minute effort from our end, from a defensive end. And just the unselfishness we displayed together as a team and just being able to execute the scout and the game plan almost to perfection yesterday.
So quick turn around, obviously, with the tremendous Stanford team. And as always, they're extremely well coached by Tara, do a phenomenal job and we have got to continue to execute our game plan and be ready to play. And obviously both teams are very, very talented and we have just got to be ready to come out and play 40 minutes of inspired basketball.
THE MODERATOR: Take questions.
Q. Brenda, did you have a chance, I'm assuming you scouted the Pitt/Stanford game. And Pitt tried to disrupt Candice that was sort of seemed to be their game plan. How will you try to stop her?
Q. For Nebraska, start with coach, talk about your defensive effort last night. Where you got contributions from everybody. How do you get to that point where you get the unselfish nature and get these girls to buy into that.
Q. Crystal, how much through the course of this year has last year's NCAA exit sort of motivated you and driven you guys?
Q. For whoever wants to tackle it. But with Kristi and Crystal being such an amazing inside outside game, have teams will many underestimated everybody else. I know that you guys almost all of you score in double figures and that is been a little bit under the radar for the other guys and that's helped them pick it up?
Q. Laura, talk about the post matchup tomorrow night with Jayne and Kayla inside that rebounding margin that they had last night probably made an impression.
LAURA HARPER: Definitely. Seeing such a strong rebounding advantage that they had I don't want to say pressure but it puts a lot of focus on post players as we know it's something that we're going to have to be focus and be ready. We have played against very good post tandems before and so we'll just have to come out and play our game tomorrow.
Q. Who is the quirkiest on the team and what makes them so goofy?
LAURA HARPER: I don't know. I think Jade has her moments where you just don't know what to expect from Jade and she just keeps us all kind of smiling and guessing what she's going to say next.
Q. Do loose moments like that help you guys especially when the stakes are so high right now in this tournament do you need those kind of loose moments to relax?
Q. Laura, follow up with the post player. Who does Stanford remind you of teams you played so far their tandem?
CRYSTAL LANGHORNE: I think they're pretty different. I really can't compare them to anybody. So it's kind of tough.
Q. Can you just from a matchup perspective what are the things you need to do, what are the things you cannot afford to do tomorrow night against Stanford?
Q. Crystal or for anyone else, this is kind of your coach described it as a bracket that's been a little overlooked and I know you guys have been motivated by being an underdog and Stanford feels very much that they're the underdog, they wanted the number one seed, you guys got it, do you feel like it's kind of a grudge match between two underdogs?
Q. I want to ask a completely goofy question. The Happy Days, you guys ran into the actually Happy Days members. By a show of hands how many of you had ever heard of any of those actors before? Okay. All of you. Okay. But is it true now that we heard that the only way that you knew who Henry Winkler was the Fonz was because somebody had seen it in Family Guy?
Q. Tell us a story about that for those who don't know about how you ran into them?
Q. Where was this?
COACH FRESE: The funny thing with that story as well one the age gap, kind of that you alluded too, and then my husband and I spent my husband probably spent an hour up in the room laughing about the Fonz, just thinking probably through the course of his life when I ran up to get a picture with him it was here, with my thumb, you know. And just the poor guy what he must go through in his life with the excitement that we all showed when we got our pictures taken with him. So it was a great moment. Light. And just what we need to just to have a lot of fun.
THE MODERATOR: Stanford got Cuba Gooding and you got the Fonz. All right.
COACH FRESE: Yeah.
Q. You recruited Rosalyn Gold Onwude, can you just talk a little bit about what you saw in her. She said she narrowed her choices down to you and Stanford?
THE MODERATOR: All right, ladies, while you go behind us here and take questions for coach.
Q. When you had your last meeting with Kristi after last season what are the things that you wanted her to improve upon and has she come through on those?
I think that obviously it sums it up, the floor game that she played last night for us shows you just how far she's come and how far she's grown and again it's a credit to Kristi from all the hard work she put in an and in the summertime to going to the point guard college, to just all the little things that she's done to put her game into this position to be so coachable is really a credit to Kristi.
Q. Can you talk about a little bit about the season, I asked about that second round loss and how much you guys have gotten out of that, but this was a season where you were in and out not on the road with the team the assistant coach was there, how did the kids sort of handle all the changes that were happening in your own structure while they were trying to sort of keep this going?
So can't say enough about the leadership of our upper class men and really taking that to heart. And the ownership there. And I think that this team has really displayed what a team is really all about. Just in regards to it was an uncharacteristic season to have your head coach not travel on road games, be in and out. My assistant coaches, I can't say enough for Daron Park who, with the way that a new coach coming in, coaching this team, all my assistants, Erica Floyd, Diane Richardson, everyone really stepping up to the plate. Coaches and players alike.
Really that's what a team is all about, really pulling for each other and helping each other through it.
Q. Was it bumpy ever? It sounds like it went very smoothly but was it?
Q. You guys are playing for a spot in the Final Four. Both teams are. That should be motivation enough. But it definitely seems both teams have an edge about the lack of respect angle. Will that play a part in the motivation tomorrow as if the Final Four isn't enough?
I think once you tip up the ball, all that goes out and we're just going to play.
Q. This is the round that has stopped Stanford three of the past four years. And two years ago you advanced past the Elite 8 and won the whole thing. How much does that experience matter right now that your kids have won a National Championship, played in that game and Stanford's just been trying to get to the Final Four?
Q. We asked the kids earlier, I'm going to ask you about the rebounding and the battles after you saw what Stanford did last night and what your girls did too. Talk about that inside battle?
So getting on the glass is going to be key, I know Stanford's focusing on it so is Maryland and so it should be a lot of fun to be able to watch them amongst both teams and just the competition that's going to be out there.
THE MODERATOR: Coach I'm guessing maybe your first experience with Stanford was as a player at Arizona. Just curious looking back 15 years, 15, 16 years ago, what you remember about Coach VanDerveer's teams then Stanford and learning from that.
Q. Did you win any games against Stanford when you were at Arizona?
THE MODERATOR: All right coach, thank you.
COACH FRESE: All right. Thank you.
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