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Jan. 16, 2005

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Jim Foster, Ohio State head coach
On the defensive play
“We have been a good defensive team all year and I think people perceive us as an offensive team, which is understandable when you look at the percentages. I think they can now see us as a defensive team. We did a good job.”

On the change from the first half to the second
“I think we started to reverse the ball and our point guard play was better. Then Brandie (Hoskins) started to become smarter with the dribble. We were able to stretch the floor and we have lots of people who can shoot 3’s.”

On the game
“It was one of those games where you can think all you want and do all you want, but it is still going to be a 51-49 game. I don’t think we understood that in the first half, but in the second we did. It was good to play a disciplined team like that and one that was so talented.”

On the schedule
“We always look at the big picture. The big picture has two parts. One is the non-conference schedule, which has to do with the strength of schedule. The other is the conference games. In the end it all matters, but the Indiana game Thursday is going to be a big game for us. We took care of the non-conference games, now it is time to take care of the conference games.”

Jessica Davenport, sophomore center
On being a strong defensive team during first-half scoring drought
“It was something we have done all year. Nothing can disturb our defense. We’re a good defensive team. I don’t think a dry spell was going to make us stop our defensive effort.”

On how the win over Rutgers will help down the road
“Our crowd was great. They were very loud and it really gets us ready for the big games at the end of the season. It was an intense game for all 40 minutes and that really will help us get ready for March.”

Brandie Hoskins, sophomore guard
On the crowd
“It helped us when we were on defense and the fans would cheer for us and give us a lift. Rutgers kept having to repeat their calls, so that always helps.”

Ashley Allen, senior guard
On both team’s defense
“That was the first game where both teams have been so aggressive on defense and it shows in the score, 52-50. That’s a very defensive game.”

On her steal with 56 seconds left in the game
“Coach Foster explained that if she (Matee Ajavon) is going left, she’s going to try to pull up, but if she’s going right she’s going for the basket. I watched for that and just tried to time it, and it worked out.”

Kim Wilburn, junior guard
On Rutgers’ intense defense
“We see that type of defense everyday. We really try to push each other in practice, so we were used to that.”

C. Vivian Stringer, Rutgers head coach
On the game
“This game was clearly disappointing for us. We had a lot of hesitation. Ohio State was very prepared and executed well. Ohio State did a great job of playing defense. They played in response to the crowd. The game between OSU and Rutgers is always close. This game was a great learning experience for us.”

On the atmosphere
“Ohio State has the greatest atmosphere in the country. We expected it. I have a great fondness for the Big Ten. There is great spirit here. It was difficult for my team, but this game was great for women’s basketball.”

Michelle Campbell, junior forward
On the second half
“We need to make smarter decisions in the second half. We learned that we need to continue to play hard. We did not play well. Ohio State had an excellent game.”

On the loss
“Ohio State is a great team. We will rebound from this loss. It was more our mistakes than anything else. The whole team did not step up and that hurt us.”