UWM Post Game: Player Interviews

The Iowa State Cyclones dominated all aspects of their game against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon, rolling past the Panthers 85-48. The media had a chance to talk with sophomores Nicky Wieben and Heather Ezell along with red-shirt freshman Rachel Pierson after the game.

Well how did the game feel today? It was a nice little breather after Thursday's game against Iowa.

Heather Ezell: After the big game on Thursday, we had to make sure we came out and put the Iowa game behind us. We still have to come out the next day and be ready to go. We haven't been home for a long time, so we had to show our fans how we can play.


Nicky, you came off the bench today and scored 19 points. How did you react to the change to coming off the bench rather than starting?

Nicky Wieben: I have been struggling lately, and I don't think that I deserved to start. Pierson has been playing really well, and she started in my place today. I completely agreed with the decision, and I came out ready to play.


What has been lacking from your game the last couple of weeks? Will this game give you momentum for the future?

NW: Offensively, I have not been scoring as much. There are a lot of little details like turnovers that are hurting my game. Hopefully the entire team keeps playing well and just keeps on going.


The play in the post today was very good. Was that the game plan, to get to the inside?

Rachel Pierson: Not necessarily. I think all three us posts, Wieben, Ross, and I are finally getting used to playing together. At the beginning of the year, we were not playing as a whole. The three of us were relying on the guards to carry us, and now we realize that to be a successful team we have to be successful inside and out.


You scored a lot today, but you had a lot of quick fouls.

RP: That is something that was my fault. I don't give excuses, that was my fault. Hopefully, you don't see that in the future, and it was nice to walk away with a win.


How important was it to make a statement coming off the Iowa game to prove that it was not a fluke?

HE: It was huge. We played great down in Iowa City, and we have to prove that we can play that way every night no matter what the other team's jersey says. We are always Iowa State, and our fans expect us to play like that every game.


Was the defensive game plan to double team in the post and force the ball to the perimeter?

NW: They have good post inside, so we wanted to double inside. There were also a couple of good shooters on the outside that we stayed out on. Otherwise, we were just backing off and helping out inside.

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