Iowa 97, Penn State 89 (3 OT)

Feb. 1, 2009

Recap | Box Score | Notes

Iowa Head Coach Lisa Bluder
“I am really proud of this team. Everyone was exhausted but we buckled down and really took advantage of our crowd. This win really shows a lot about our women and the way they handled the situation.”

Sophomore Kachine Alexander
“I’m tired. The legs took a beating but we will have a nice day off tomorrow. Everybody will have to rest because we have a big turnaround Thursday against Indiana. That is a big game.”

On her second triple-double of the season
“I am speechless. I did not really know how many rebounds I had. I never thought that could transpire but I guess I was just going in there and rebounding.”

Senior Kristi Smith
“I was confident throughout the whole game that somebody would step up and make a big play. Sure enough, every time somebody stepped up and made a big play.”

Freshman Kamille Whalin
“I will remember how we stuck together as a team. They came back but when we were in the huddles we just knew that we could win because we came together. Everyone was picking each other up and making sure everyone was confident when we went back out on to the floor. I am just going to remember that feeling of being together.”

Penn State Head Coach Coquese Washington
“I definitely felt like when Janessa was at the free throw line with nine seconds left [1OT], one of those would go and then we’d have an edge there, but you know it was a great game. It was a tough one to lose when you know that you’ve played that hard, played that close and fight that much.”

“The thing we talk about all the time is getting stops and not worrying about where we are offensively. If we can just get some stops and go down and score, we’d be fine. I think we did that. We buckled down on defense and got a few stops in a row and we were able to capitalize on the fact that we played great defense.”

“I don’t think it hurt us because I think we’re in pretty good shape. What I think hurt us in the third overtime was the offensive rebounds, especially the last one that [Kachine] Alexander got. We lost some people defensively with the dribble action they have and we lost people a little bit with our help side defense. Then they would reverse it and we wouldn’t get back out on the shooters. I don’t think it was a fatigue thing as much as it was getting lost in transition.”

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