It was obvious that USD women’s coach Amy Williams was feeling good about what she’d witnessed on Thursday night in an 82-51 beating of IPFW.
Against a five-guard team that had the potential to present match-up issues, they were able to assert their own advantages rather than the other way around.
“It was a long bus ride home from Kansas City, it was a long Sunday, it’s been a long week,” Williams said as she opened the post-game press conference.
“It’s amazing how when the ball goes through the basket, everything else just seems so much better,” she said. “We’d been preparing for three days for preparing against that zone. We’d been thinking ‘Attack, be aggressive, don’t be soft with your passes.’ I think that was something that hurt us in our last outing. We were timid and tentative and we didn’t want to make those crisp skip passes.”
The lulls that USD had suffered through at the start of games recently didn’t happen against the Dons. The end of the first half was all IPFW, but the Coyotes answered quickly in the second half to secure the game.
“I the kids are learning that they can’t take let up the entire game,” Williams said. “You could see clearly in the last two minutes of the first half that we let off a little. We took some quick shots early in the shot clock that were not aggressive that led to long rebounds that led to transitional buckets.”
In regard to improved shooting:
“I’d like to give a lot of credit to my girls. They’d been reading the papers, they’d been hearing about how we’re a poor 3-point shooting team — ‘What are you guys going to do to solve the woes of how poor you’re shooting?’ They could have allowed that to get in their heads but they didn’t. They stayed confident. They stayed with it and they stayed aggressive. One of the keys tonight was to step up and make plays with confidence. Relax a little, quit being so uptight, shoot and play with confidence.”