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Dec. 28, 2011

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Pitt 57, Duquesne 70
December 28, 2011
Petersen Events Center

Quoting Pitt Head Coach Agnus Berenato

Opening statement:

"Congratulations to Duquesne University. They did a good job and played like a junior and senior laden team. They came out and capitalized on the mistakes that we made, setting the tone for the game. Obviously I'm disappointed, especially since this is the big city game but we're going to come back on Saturday after working on the things we need to improve on."

On Duquesne's 17-3 run at the end of the first half:

"At halftime we discussed that and emphasized that we needed to play for the full 40 minutes and not in choppy sections. We would play well for three to four minutes and then allow chaos to happen before we'd pick the intensity back up, and I'm not sure if our players realize that every position and every position is critical." 

On their decision making under pressure:

"We will be working with every athlete and have them watch video tomorrow so that they can learn what decisions will work best in the heat of the moment. Then, Friday we will practice and try to attempt what we recognize from film and make the changes."

Quoting Ashlee Anderson, Redshirt Sophomore Guard

On Duquesne switching their defense up: 

"It caught us off guard a couple of times. Once we became more patient with our offense we were able to catch it better, but we did tend to rush our shots because of how intense they played on defense. They pressured both our guards and our post players."

On how to bring the team's morale back up:

"We need to put emphasis back on coming out with intensity. We came out a little lax, and that was not how we prepared for our games in Cancun so we're going to focus on that."

Quoting Duquesne Head Coach Suzie McConnelll-Serio

Opening statement:

“This was a big win for us. We were able to win on the road. (Pitt) has improved tremendously. They have good guards and they were the focus of our defense coming in. I credit our players. They did a great job of finding what we needed to do defensively.”

On the 17-3 run Duquesne made:

“Our players responded very well. We changed our defenses, playing both man-to-man and a half-court zone. We made (Pitt) take time off the clock and rush shots. I credit our team tonight. I couldn’t be prouder of their effort. Our guards contained penetration. Teams are going to make a run and Pitt did in the second half. (Pitt’s) guards were aggressive and gaining confidence. We tried to minimize it by taking timeouts and adding defensive pressure.”

Quoting Alex Gensler, Duquesne Guard  

On the offensive game plan:

“We executed our half-court offense. We ran a number of different plays that got different people open. We passed the ball well tonight and that’s why our players got open looks.”

Post-Game Quotes -vs. Duquesne

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