Dec. 5, 2012
Pitt vs. Loyola, Dec. 5, 2012
Head Coach Agnus Berenato
“I thought that the win was a big win for us. We struggled a little bit tonight. We struggled just getting back to our home court but I thought once we got into the groove of things we were really able to get our defense going and the defense was able to turn up our offense. I thought that Ashlee Anderson came and played today from the beginning to the end. I thought she was aggressive defensively and offensively and that’s how we want Ashlee to play. I was just so excited to see her being an offensive threat tonight. I thought Cora McManus was brilliant. She came in and had eight rebounds in the first half, she posted up extremely well and when she posted up and got the ball she literally took three people and that allowed our guards to be able to penetrate and get some easy buckets.”
On tying the school record for most wins:
“I think I’ve had 10 great years here and like I’ve said before I’m really not into all of that. What’s important to me is that our kids graduate and that they’re all representing our country in the highest esteem. To work at the University of Pittsburgh is so cool. Our guest coach tonight (Alex Matthews) said one of our former basketball players, Debbie Lewis, is his dentist and my heart just smiled. Today I got emails from a lot of our kids in Europe wishing us good luck so it has nothing to do with me. I wish we got it (this past) Saturday because we need wins. It’s not about me, it’s about the team and we have a goal and that is to win games.”
On the upcoming game with Duquesne:
“I have a lot of respect for Duquesne and the job that they have done but at the same time I have a lot of respect for our program and what we’ve done. I really look forward to it but I don’t play against these girls every day in the summer. One day their girls come here and one day we go there and it flips back-and-forth for open gyms and I think that’s so healthy and so good for the city. Pittsburgh is so fortunate to have three major D1 Universities. With the Atlantic 10 Conference, I’m prejudice to the conference because my sister is the commissioner so it’s like Cora (McManus) said it’s like that brother-sister game well it is sister-sister for me; my sister is the commissioner of the A-10 and I’m the coach at Pitt.
Tonight the first thing I’ll do is call her up and say well, the Pitt men beat Duquesne so we got you. I think that we always keep it in perspective because we have goals at the end of the season. You can’t get too caught up in intangibles. It’s about catch, square and score and playing great head-to-head defense. Bottom line is it’s going to be settled on the stat sheet.”
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