Dec. 20, 2012
Mount St. Mary’s at Pitt, Petersen Events Center, December 20, 2012
Pitt 67, Mount St. Mary’s, 49
Quoting head coach Agnus Berenato
“First of all, thank you guys for being here, especially when school is out of session. We really appreciate it. I would like to introduce and congratulate my guest coach, Susan Stewart. Coach is a former Pitt women’s basketball player. She played in the 60s. Coach, I can’t thank you enough for coming back and joining us. As far as the game, I just want to compliment the Mount.
They came off an upset of Seton Hall at Seton Hall. Needless to say, we were really prepared. We had great practices the last three days. I think what the team did in the last three days was the reason we performed the way we did. The team had great intensity. They worked hard. It was a whole different level when they watched video. It was a whole different level when we practiced. We didn’t fool around. It was total concentration. I thought this evening the numbers show it. We had 36 points in the paint. We had 26 points off of turnovers. It was our most points, 22 points, for a fast break. We are one off the record from steals, which was 14. We had 13 today. I’m really proud of Bri (Brianna Kiesel) and Asia (Logan). I thought they were magnificent. I have to give a shout-out to our freshman, Brittany Gordon, because I thought Brittany really did a great job as a freshman and running the team. I feel really good about this game tonight. We beat a good Mount St. Mary’s team.”
On Chyna Golden’s performance on the boards:
“I thought Chyna was phenomenal tonight. I thought Chyna worked really hard. One of the best things I thought about tonight with Chyna was I thought Chyna looked like she really enjoyed playing.”
On breaking the record for most wins in program history:
“I’m not really into records. I never have been. I couldn’t tell you how many wins it is. I think I’ve been here a little bit longer than other people. I’m just proud to work at the University of Pittsburgh and represent the city of Pittsburgh. As an educator, I feel I have a job on the court, but I have a tremendous job off the court. I feel our student-athletes feel they have a job on the court, but they also know they have tremendous responsibility off the court. That’s something we preach and talk about all the time. I appreciate that ten years ago Chancellor Nordenberg had the courage and blind faith in me to hire me. It was a big move for me to move my family. I have five kids, and they were all little. Most people don’t move for their mom and move little kids. I did it because I felt an unbelievable warmth from the people. It’s been a great experience for me.”
Quoting Sophomore Guard Brianna Kiesel
On how proud they were to get Coach Berenato the record-breaking win:
“I mean, it was good. We didn’t really focus on getting Coach B. that win. We were willing to get this one for us. We worked really, really hard. We had two tough losses, and the coaching staff really helped us to get back to where we were. Getting Coach B. this win is just joyful going into the holidays. It’s good and it makes us feel excited.”
On their mindset going into practice after the Rider game:
“The Rider game was a tough one. We came back and we worked on us, and we worked on our plays. We ran through things, and we really, really focused on our defense. I think our outside defense was really good in this game and that helped out with a lot of our steals.
Quoting Junior Forward Asia Logan
On her play in the first half:
“They just saw me open. Ashlee (Anderson) always told me that I better get her some assists, so that’s what I did for her. Britt saw me open a lot too, so I just knocked down the shots. I mean, I practiced them in practice and it really shows.”
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