Dribbles and Bits

Coaches and their players can say the darnedest things. As we prepare for a wild next three months of the college women's basketball season, we look back at some of the more interesting utterances from 2006. These quotes have been compiled from recent women's basketball stories, mostly Associated Press game reports. Some of the names been omitted to protect the innocent (and the coaches).

"Our team has started to get the idea of what it's like to play against the game of basketball," said Sherri Coale.

What sort of defense does the game of basketball play?  Next up for Oklahoma is a home battle against the game of baseball, followed by road tilts against the sport of speed skating and the game of chess.

"We were caught off guard by how aggressive and athletic they were," Coach "X" said.

Ahem, perhaps you should give some thought to checking that sort of thing ahead of time?  Don't put yourself out too much, of course.  Waiting for the game to start and standing on the sidelines pleading with the officials is just as effective.

"We played really flat in the first half," Latta said.  "We picked it up some and then played with a lot more intensity in the second half."  "Our intensity definitely changed," Little said.  "We knew our intensity level just hadn't been acceptable. We knew we had to step it up."

Quick, which team was North Carolina playing that required such a surge in intensity?  Answer: South Carolina State.  Somehow I think flatter then a punctured tire might have worked just as well.

"I just tried to get in her head not by trash talking but by just making her work for everything she gets."

It is so nice when players learn new skills.

A handful of uncharacteristic Oklahoma mistakes - an air ball, a couple of turnovers, three fouls and even a lane violation on a free throw attempt - meant the Sooners didn't take their first lead until almost four minutes had passed.  (From an AP story by Murray Evans)

Four whole minutes after all that?  This is how you know you're playing Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

From North Carolina again, "We've got people sick; we're studying for term exams; it's been cold.  We're all just a little off."

It's been cold?  Yes, there can be so much to overcome in the pursuit of better basketball.  Tragically that sort of thing occasionally happens in winter.  Hmmmm, what was the temperature the night Stanford played BYU?

"Everybody had one main goal, and that was to win the game."

Good going, getting that worked out, and only a third of the way into the season too!

"We did well the first 10 minutes, but I think they just wore us down," St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico said.

Aren't there abalone divers who can hold their breath for almost that long?  They couldn't hold out for at least a half?

"I might have wanted to play one of the better games I have played yet," said player "Y".

Yes, exactly.  Just like I might have wanted to understand.  Does this mean "Y" is not sure she wanted to play a good game or just doesn't want to admit it?

"A basketball game has never been rained out before," Arizona State's Emily Westerberg said, "so I think it's really cool to be a part of that."

Me too, Emily!  I used to love those weather days off from school when I was a kid, so I know the feeling.  Maybe next year ASU can try to get one called on account of snow.  That would be even cooler.  How about some hail or gusty winds?  Why not play outside all the time and save on the expenses associated with those fancy arenas?  Every schoolyard has a court.  Oh, but please be good hosts and pass the remote to your opponent.

"If they'd have had a little radar or something we could have seen it coming and maybe closed the roof in time," Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry said. "Keep an eye on the tracker. We've got that on a channel back home."

Hey, quit complaining.  Cable is expensive!  Rolling out the tarp is ever so much cooler anyway.

Breaking news!  Geno decides to retire because winning so much makes him feel too guilty:  "I hate these games.  That's why I try to avoid it as much as possible because somebody's going to walk out of there feeling bad, either myself or the other coach," Auriemma said.  He added, apologetically:  "Everything we threw up there went in."

Don't you just hate it when that happens?  I feel his pain.

"Ah, it's time to win at Maples," Charli Turner Thorne said (Dec 28, 2006).

Or not.  Toss that Timex, Charli.  It is not telling you true.

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