Players Disappointed After MSU Loss

The emotional impact of Tuesday's loss was most evident at the press conference. Senior guard <b>Kelley Suminski</b> was readily crying and redshirt sophomore center <b>Brooke Smith</b> was fighting back tears. Freshman guard <b>Candice Wiggins</b> and head coach Tara VanDerveer were both visibly disappointed, but the two managed to stay upbeat for the most part.

Senior guard Kelley Suminski

On the impact of the loss:
"We're just very disappointed with this outcome. We thought we deserved to be in the Final Four. We had worked so hard. It's just disappointing to have that happen."

On the mood at halftime:
"At halftime, we thought we weren't playing our best basketball. We thought, we have 20 more minutes to break open this game and unfortunately that didn't happen."

On Michigan State's offense:
"I think they were aggressive. We just didn't make the stops that we needed to. It comes down to being aggressive and stopping on defense."

On solving the Michigan State defense:
"They did have an effective defense, but I felt like our offense wasn't clicking like it usually was. You've got to give credit to Michigan State. They are a great team."

On senior guard Kristin Haynie, who finished with 20 points on 7/15 shooting:
"I think Haynie's a great player. She's very hard to guard. I'm looking and she's 4/4 from three. She's their heart, soul and glue. She's a huge part of their success."

On her 1/8 three-point shooting:
"The way I shot was just very disappointing."

On her three-pointer that would have tied the game at 72 with 22 seconds to go, but rattled out:
"I wanted the shot. I knew I hadn't been shooting well the whole game, but I thought that was my chance to kind of redeem myself. [cries]"

Freshman guard Candice Wiggins

On the Spartans' 8-0 runs to start both halves:
"I think it played a role in just the fact that they set the tone early."

On the Spartans:
"They played really hard. They played as a team. They did a good job and it really helped them a lot."

On the impact of the loss:
"You dream about this moment, it just hurts so much. We were so close. It's really hard when you have a team like this and you know there's something different about this team. It's just a special team. I enjoyed playing with the seniors so much and am so thankful."

On her lay-up and free throw with 43 seconds to go that cut the Spartan lead to 70-69:
"The play we were running, normally it's for a three-point shooter, but it also isolates the point guard one-on-one. I looked at Kelley and she just said penetrate and pitch and they didn't double for the pitch."

Redshirt sophomore center Brooke Smith

On the nature of the NCAA tournament:
"At this point, all the teams are really good so there are going to be close, great games. Everybody wants to go to the Final Four. Only one team is happy at the end of the year. Everyone else ends up going home in tears, because hopefully they had a great thing going. We're just really disappointed and we thought we were prepared. We thought we had worked really hard."

On what worked during Stanford's 15-2 run to tie the game at 57 with 7:06 to play:
"We were just ready to play. We got Kelli Roehrig in foul trouble, so there was an opening inside."

On offensive rebounds:
"They outboard opponents on the O boards quite a lot. That's been one of our challenges the whole year. We didn't rebound well and that's a big part of why we didn't win the game."

On junior forward Liz Shimek, who finished with 10 rebounds and 24 points on 10/18 shooting:
"She's a great player. She posts up inside. She can shoot the ball from the outside. She plays really hard and goes after the O boards really hard. She played really well."

Daniel Novinson is a freshman at Stanford University. He's broadcasting women's basketball on KZSU - listen along at or 90.1 FM.  Daniel welcomes any feedback at

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