March 12, 2014
DePaul head coach Doug Bruno
(on if this is sweeter than his first four conference tournament titles)
"I didn't even realize that we hadn't won a tournament championship since '93 until today. This is not what we really play for. The NCAA Tournament means so much more to me personally than winning a three-day tournament. Winning the regular season means so much more to me. I never told these players that winning tonight would be the first one since '93. I never even thought about telling them that. What's really important is we have to take the torch which has been handed to a new generation of BIG EAST. Somebody's got to take the torch and run with it. The BIG EAST past has obviously made a statement, the ultimate statement in women's basketball through Connecticut and lately Notre Dame. And we want to accept that torch being passed to us and we want to step this program up to be those kind of programs, and that's the responsibility we challenged our team with last April when we got beat by Oklahoma State in the NCAA Tournament. When you've coached 41 years there's a lot of "back in the day."
Senior forward Jasmine Penny
(on what she felt at the final buzzer)
"Excited. I'm really happy for my team. This was one of our goals that we set at the beginning of the year. Just to see us work so hard and accomplish this, it was amazing."
Junior guard Brittany Hrynko
(on being aggressive early)
"Just coming out ready to play. Coach always talks about making hustle plays. I had to attack the basket and be patient and look for my open teammates. Jasmine and Megan both made good, hard cuts to the basket so I made sure I got it to them. I think it was better to play half-court defense than to run up and down (like we did yesterday).
Sophomore forward Megan Podkowa
St. John's head coach Joe Tartamella
"Our plan on defense was to basically stay in the lane. I just tried to stay around the rim and be in the right place at the right time. On offense the guys were getting me the ball. They were getting into the paint and I was open."
"Obviously we're disappointed to not be able to come away with a win. I'm so proud of our young ladies, though, and how they played in the last three days. Depaul did a great job, and congratulations to them and Coach Bruno.
"We knew coming in it was going to be difficult, especially coming out of a double-overtime game. You know you're going to have to battle that, but we didn't use that with our players as far as an excuse. We knew we were going to have a battle, and if you told me that we'd hold them to 65 points, and that we'd hit eight threes and come away with a loss, I'd probably tell you differently. We didn't make enough plays, whether it be a turnover here, or a rebound here, to turn the tide as the game was going on.
"I'm so happy for these young ladies and how they played. Our season is not over, is what I told them in the locker room. To do something that our university hasn't been to in a long time, I believe since 1988. They know they want to get this opportunity again in the future."
Do you like your chances going into Monday night?
"Yeah, I do. I think if you look at the body of work, I think we've done a great job all season, especially battling through some different adversities throughout the year; adding players, and losing some to injury. I think if you look at the progression throughout the year, and where we were throughout the week, I think we've got a credible resume as we move into the selection."