Beth Burns spoke to the media this afternoon before practice.
Jan. 26, 2009
SAN DIEGO -
Aztec Basketball Coach Beth Burns
Cox Arena - Weekly Press Conference Quotes
On SDSU's performance against last week's opponents:
"We are guarding really well, but we need to consistently add rebounding to our guarding. We didn't shoot well at New Mexico, but we guarded really well. We rebounded well enough and made enough big plays to win the game, so if we can continue to do those little things, I think we're a pretty good offensive team and we're going to get better and better."
On the team's chemistry:
"Paris (Johnson's) emergence has been big for us. In San Diego, Paris Johnson is almost a household name. You forget that she is the oldest interior player on our team. She is very young (player) relative to college basketball in the size that we face in our conference. When you couple that with the way Jene' (Morris) and Quenese (Davis) have played consistently and (the fact that) all the other players are getting better, we're starting to figure out what our roles are. I feel we are as cohesive a team as we can be and that is really what rallies and wins games, especially on the road.
On the victory over New Mexico:
"New Mexico is the last team in our league that this current group of student-athletes had yet to beat. We have beaten everyone else somewhere down the line over the last two years, but we have never beaten New Mexico and to do it in a place as storied as The Pit; there is nothing like a quiet Pit.
On Paris Johnson:
"Paris is routinely triple and double teammed, and I think it took her a little time this season to get comfortable in her own skin. I think she put a little too much pressure on herself. Much has been made about how poorly she was shooting from the free-throw line, and no one shoots more free throws than she does. But for her to get comfortable in that environment and make big basket after big basket and ice the game (at New Mexico) with two free throws was just huge. She was able to carry that in (to the BYU game). It's all about confidence. She is as skilled a forward as I have ever worked with at any level. She is getting better and better and as her confidence grows, she is really going to make a huge impact for us."