Colorado Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Kathy McConnell

On the game-winning play...

“A lot of times we call the timeout in front of our bench as opposed to going the length of the floor. I wanted to get the ball over the half-court line in order to call the timeout. I would have called it, but when we got the ball over half-court in a two-on-one situation is when I decided not to call the timeout. Candace (Rucker) one-on-one just has the athleticism and I had a feeling that they would not come off of Jackie (McFarland). Those were the two people that were in the two-on-one situation when we passed over top of them. If I was them I would have fouled Candice Rucker, too, before leaving Jackie open for a lay-up.  Fortunately, Candice stepped up and made them but my intention was to get it over half and to get the timeout. Once I realized that we were in a two-on-one is when I elected not to.”

 

On this week in practice...

“We did more different things this week since the first time we wore gold. For us, we just needed to switch some things up. We practiced a little differently. Typically the day before a game, I go 60 to 80 minutes. It was one of the more competitive practices we have had.  We changed the uniforms and for the first time we sat down and talked about how close we were to making a break through.

 

Junior Forward Jackie McFarland

On coming back to Kansas...

“It feels really good. It’s our first road win of the year. It’s good to get that out of way.  Second, was to come back home in front of friends and family, get the win and be in good mood after the game.”

 

On the game-winning play...

“It was a good call not calling a timeout and didn’t give them (K-State) a chance to set up their defense. We had time to run the ball up and it ended up working out well for us.  Candace (Rucker) did a good job driving to the hole with confidence and taking it strong. We did a good job at leaving just enough time to get the win.”

 

On Kansas State’s defense...

“I felt like there was someone on me with an elbow in my back or a forearm in my side at all times. I don’t think it was just Wheeler, I think it was everyone. I noticed more of (Danielle) Zanotti and Ashley (Sweat) on me too. I don’t think that there was ever a time when I felt completely open. It always gets physical in conference play, and this was one of the few times I had a size advantage. I play as physical as you can get.”

 

On sister and former Kansas State basketball player Jessica McFarland being in attendance...

 “I made sure to put her name in the pass book (Jessica McFarland) and told her to come sit with us. I gave her a Colorado shirt, I don’t know if she wore it. It was good to have her in the stands actually supporting me.”