Aztec Women's Basketball Press Conference Quotes
Dec. 1, 2009
SDSU Weekly Press Conference
Coach Burns' opening statement:
On the team earning a top 25 ranking and then going 0-3 in the Virgin Islands:
"I was more disappointed with how we performed, period, whether we were in the Top 25 or whatever we were in. I would have thought that (because) we've played enough big games that we would have handled the environment better than we did. At one point against Notre Dame, I think it was 30-9 and it didn't feel that close. We had good backcourt play, but our front line struggled mightily in all three games. You're in a situation where you're playing every 24 hours so there's no practices to be had. You've just got to lace it up and get out there. I think probably the best thing was [that] there [were] eight teams there; there [were] two different divisions. We saw a lot of great basketball. We saw a lot of great programs - how they were run both from a bench standpoint to a court standpoint, and that's what I hope we came away with and what we saw, as to where we need to go to be able to compete at that level. Was it disappointing? Of course, it was."
On if playing Notre Dame tough should have given the team confidence going into the next games:
"I thought that Oklahoma would probably be eventually a throw-away game. I didn't know if Q and Jené could, 14 hours later, come back and play against one of the best backcourts in the county, and incredibly and unfortunately, their All-American Whitney Hand tore her ACL in our game. I wasn't surprised ... I knew [in the] first minute of the Oklahoma game, I knew to try to get ready for South Carolina, because I didn't think Jené and Q had enough in the tank and unfortunately Paris [Johnson], [Jessika Bradley], Allison [Duffy], no one brought their A game or their B game or really even their C game. It was tough. We bounced a little bit against South Carolina. I think again our guards played well. Allison Duffy played pretty well in the South Carolina game to give us a little bit of confidence.
"We just need to practice. Those are great teams. We could have done the same things and won three games ... we could have performed the same way and won three games over 150 other teams, but we wouldn't be where we're at today and with the goals that we've set. If I could do it again, I'd cry at the thought of getting on the plane, but if we could it again, I'd do it again tomorrow, because you find out what you're made of. We know, so now we're going to roll up our sleeves, and how we perform Friday is going to tell us a lot because we're going to get after it this week in practice."
On if the weekend will affect the team's confidence: