Blue Hens Set To Face Tar Heels Tuesday
Following a 66-53 win over West Virginia in its first round NCAA game at the Bob Carpenter Center, the Delaware Blue Hens now set their sites on a Sweet Sixteen trip. The third-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels stand in their way.
Tipoff tonight in Newark, Del., is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN2, ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.
The Blue Hens and head coach Tina Martin met with the media Monday. Below is a video recap of the press conference from Hens All-Access as well as a transcipt from the media event.
PRACTICE DAY QUOTES – MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013
Head Coach Tina Martin
“We are really focused on this next game. After we got back to the hotel last night, we had a coaches meeting and watched a lot of tape on North Carolina. Hopefully, we will put our best foot forward and play good basketball tomorrow.”
On what she saw from North Carolina’s play against Albany
“It’s a combination of a lot of things. First, Albany is a very good basketball team. Any time you go undefeated in the conference and have a player like Megan Craig, they are going to be a very good team. In any first round game, the higher seeds usually come out and play a little tight. They are expected to win tomorrow and the players expect to be in the spotlight. But, I know they will be ready to play tomorrow. They didn’t shoot well yesterday, but they were on someone else’s floor. I have a lot of respect for North Carolina. They deserve their national ranking.”
On potential lineup adjustments
“I am not going to give away any secrets, but we are going to have to make adjustments. We will make the adjustments that we will need to make in order to be successful tomorrow, but I am not ready to make those adjustments known at this time.”
On playing against Tierra Ruffin-Pratt
“She is an all-ACC player who is averaging 23 points per game. She is a player that looks to take over, which is what she did yesterday. She is a very strong athlete who has a lot of swagger. You are not going to be able to stop a player like her. The only thing you can do is try to contain her and play team defense. When they get out in transition, they are one of the best teams in the country. We have to be able to stop them from doing that.”
Senior Elena Delle Donne
On watching yesterday’s North Carolina-Albany game
“They are definitely quick and strong. They have some great players. But, I was also trying to enjoy the moment more than anything else.”
On the keys to tomorrow’s game against North Carolina
“We have to rebound the ball, they crash the boards. We have to take care of the basketball because they like to pressure the ball and go for a lot of steals.”
Senior Danielle Parker
On what it will take to be successful against North Carolina
“It’s all about preparation and we have done that so far. We are going to go over some things like taking care of the ball. But, it’s all about preparation at this point for us.”
Senior Lauren Carra
On what reaching the Sweet 16 would mean to the team
“It would be huge for our program and our seven seniors. We made a goal as a team to reach the Sweet 16 and get past the second round. Right now, we are just looking to take it one game at a time and just focus on our game tomorrow.”