Jan. 31, 2012
St. John’s vs Pittsburgh
January 31, 2012 Petersen Events Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
St. John’s 66, Pitt 51
Quoting Coach Berenato
“I would like to thank our guest coach, Senator Mary Jo White. I think it was awesome to have an honorable senator who graduated from Pitt Law School to come in and sit on our bench with us.
I thought St. John’s played really well. In the first half, I thought we shot as well as we’ve shot all year. We were just shooting ourselves in the foot with our turnovers. I thought St. John’s came out really big on us and trapped us, and I don’t think we handled those traps well. We panicked, and when you panic, bad things happen. I thought there was times where Brianna Kiesel was left stranded and I thought that really hurt us. The second half we went through a scoring drought. We lost Asia Logan and that is a big loss for us. She has been our second or third leading scorer in the last couple of games, but that gives an opportunity for someone else to pick up those minutes. When you have 26 turnovers, you would think it was a 40-point game but it wasn’t. So I think we have to come back tomorrow and play better. I thought Ashlee Anderson was really aggressive, both offensively and defensively. Twenty-six turnovers is really hard to overcome. We’ll go back tomorrow and work on putting together a new starting lineup.”
On Asia Logan’s injury:
“It was her shoulder and it was a pretty significant hit. It was out pretty bad. I think it will be tough for Asia to make a comeback, but we will see. It was great to see that Asia wanted to sit on the bench with us for the second half. It gives a great opportunity to face adversity.”
On St. John’s dominate scoring in the paint:
“We knew they were very powerful in the paint, and that they had only one face-up shooter and that was Mary Nwachukwu. They scored 10 points in jump shots. We knew they did that, we knew they scored in the paint. That is why we played a lot 2-3 zone and they were still able to convert.”
Quoting Ashlee Anderson, Redshirt Sophomore Guard
On if the team is starting to come together:
“We’ve been clicking on defense, but it just hasn’t been there offensively. We just have to make more shots.
Quoting Brianna Keisel, Freshman Guard:
On the progression of the team:
“I definitely think we’re clicking. We’ve progressed a lot so far from the beginning of the season. Our defense has picked it up, but our offense just isn’t there yet.”
On the turnovers:
“I think St. John’s defense was really good tonight. They really shot the gaps, which we had prepared for during scouting, but it didn’t work out. As the season goes on, I know we’ll grow as a team.”
On staying in the game in the first half despite 15 turnovers:
“Well we shot 50 percent from the field in the first. The difference in the second half was that they turned the steals in to easy lay-ups.”