Postgame Quotes: St. John's 67 - USF 57

Senior forward Da'Shena Stevens recorded her 17th-career double-double with 17 points and 11 boards against the Bulls.
Feb. 8, 2012

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St. John's Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico

Opening Statement:
"South Florida has been playing really well lately so I think this was an important game for us to win. We were a little sloppy in the first half with our fouls but we re-grouped in the second half and did a really nice job sharing the ball on the offensive end and we really defended them and made it tough for them to score in the second half."

On the importance of Da'Shena Stevens being healthy:
"Obviously it makes a really big difference in our team. At the beginning of the year we relied so much on our guards and now for her to have the ability to score on the inside as well rebound and defend their inside players has given us a different look. It has opened up the floor for those other kids, they can't stay out on us or just sink on her we have multiple options. She's getting better and better as the season progresses as she's getting more comfortable."

On Tesia Harris' jumper to end the first half:
"I think she has made some big shots for us throughout the season. She comes in and we expect her to score when we have difficulty scoring. She has been able to get some points for us and I think we really look for her to do that. That shot was good for our confidence because they had made a run to finish the half, but it's more important for her confidence as well because if she can knock down a couple of shots for us it really helps."

On the importance of a win against USF and upcoming matchup against Rutgers:
"South Florida's play was really good for us because Rutgers is one of the most physical teams in our league and they are going come in and be tough and aggressive. For them this is an important game because they've had a tough stretch and with us beating them last time I'm sure it's a really big game for them. They're obviously a great program and it'll be a tough challenge for us going on the road."

Senior Forward Da'Shena Stevens

On how she's feeling health-wise:
"Since the Notre Dame game, I've been feeling a lot better because we've been getting a lot of games in and I've been getting a lot of running in. Each game I've been trying to run the floor hard and play hard, because that's when I'm feeling better."

On importance of getting healthy:
"It's really important to be healthy. If you look at the games we have coming up, there are a lot of great teams that we still have to play. It's important for me to continue to rehab and continue to get treatment, rest up and prepare for the stretch. It's important for our whole team because everyone's kind of banged up now. Everyone's sore and everyone's been through it, but we've all got to push together and fight as a team and you can't really worry about the injuries."

On the importance of having several scoring options on the court:
"Just being back on the court, even in the first few games where I didn't score a lot, it's definitely helped us out because we have different people to go to. We've been finding each other well and all of us play off each other, especially those of us that have been here the longest. Having me back out there is definitely easier on everyone else because they can move without the ball and they can look for me and I can also look for them."

Junior Guard Shenneika Smith

On making adjustments in the second half:
"We dug down and rebounded the ball looking to push instead of just walking the ball up the court. At halftime, coach said `We need to push the ball more. Even if they score, get it out fast.' Our strength is transition, so we looked to push and got easy baskets."

On her defensive effort today guarding USF's Inga Orekhova:
"It was a tough task, but coach asked me to do it. She's had some great games this year and is a great shooter, so I just tried to stay with her as much as possible coming off three screens and my teammates helped me out a lot. When I needed to switch they were there for me, so it was a group effort. She didn't shoot the ball as well as she did in previous games, so that's a plus."

USF Head Coach Jose Fernandez

On the game:
"St. John's just wore us down with our low numbers, but I'm proud of our team. Through the first 20 minutes it was 29 all. Once St. John's started to pound it inside we got into a little foul trouble and they converted on open looks. It was tough and I was proud of our effort, but we just did not have enough."

On the short-handed team:
"It's two starters that were out. You're missing your starting point guard and your leading scorer who averages 17 points per game. Our makeup was a little different. In the second half, we didn't make good decisions on our press offense and we had some shots that we missed. Missing those two 1-and-1s hurt. The conditioning hurt when you're playing five or six kids."




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