Georgia Tech vs. Miami Postgame Quotes

Jan. 27, 2010

Recap |  Box Score

Georgia Tech Coach Michelle Joseph

Opening Statement:

“Obviously I have to give Miami a lot of credit; that was a battle. Even though it was a very high scoring game I think both of us got after it defensively and played really well. I was just pleased with our overall play and our perseverance. They jumped on us early and got us down. But, we were able to come back and in the second half after making some adjustments. I think we did a very good job stopping the three; they only made four the whole night. I’m just really pleased with our rebounding; 56 rebounds is a lot of rebounds. I’m just really proud of our effort.

“I thought Bridgette [Ardossi] was outstanding, obviously with 29 point and 17 rebounds. I don’t ever remember coaching a team that had three players get double-doubles on one night. I just thought our upperclassman really stepped up tonight.”

On Metra Walthour’s and Mo Bennett’s performance:

“I told the team after the game that Metra [Walthour] was our MVP. When the score was tied, she came up and knocked down a big jump shot and I don’t think she’s made a jumper in the last three our four games. Then, she had a big steal at the end that kind of sealed the deal. Then, Mo [Bennett] coming in off the bench for us, making some big defensive plays and knocking down some shots was big for us. I’m just really pleased with the way they stepped up in their new roles. You can’t measure the things they did out there tonight.”

On being down 13-0 early on and coming back:

“I hope that never happens again. If anything, I think we can build off of this. It showed the tremendous character these players have. I never thought at any part during the game that we were going to lose. We just had to battle back and take it one possession at a time. We made some critical mistakes, but we can learn from those. We preserved it, so we’ll grow from this game.”

Georgia Tech guard Alex Mongomery

On not giving up after a sluggish first half:

“My coaches told me some shots will fall and some will not. They are other thing’s I can do on the court and that’s what I did. I just kept shooting and I believed in myself.”

Georgia Tech forward Bridgette Ardossi

On taking charges during the game:

“We always like to say “take three charges every game” and I’ve always thought that taking charges was always my niche defensive play. I love it, so it was great to be able to take three of them.”

Miami Coach Katie Meier

Opening Statement:

“Twenty-three, that’s the number that sticks out. 23 offensive rebounds and 14 by their two bigs and they were crucial ones. Everyone single one of them, I thought, broke our spirit. But, I hope you notice with our team now that it’s pretty hard to break our spirit. It used to be a little bit easier to break our spirit, but now it’s tough. We’re going to keep fighting and finding ways to fight off the adversity.

“I think we made some crucial errors at the end of the game. If you give up 23 offensive rebounds and you miss 10 free throws on the road, that’s really too much to overcome.”

On handling the Georgia Tech press all game:

“Our two guards are really good, so we didn’t spend a lot of time in practice preparing for the press because I trust them. We were very comfortable. Obviously, Shenise [Johnson] getting into foul trouble was crucial. From that point on, I think we scored six to eight points the rest of the half. It really affected us.”

On Bridgette Ardossi’s performance:

“Her offensive rebounding was really special, but it was amazing to see her conditioning level and spring. I wouldn’t have said the word spring in her scouting report early in her career because she didn’t have great leaping ability. Her defensive rebound’s were just unbelievable.”

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