NCAA Women's Tournament Press Conference Quotes

New Mexico State Head Coach, Mark Trakh:

Opening statement…

“I just want to say that we are thrilled to be here. Everybody here has been so hospitable. This is always a great experience for the student-athletes. We are fortunate enough to be here for the third time. We are really excited. Like I said, it is a great experience. We have had a pretty good year. Our seniors have pulled a three-peat in our conference championship and conference tournament. We are very proud of them. Before they showed up in New Mexico State, we had not seen a conference tournament since 1988. They have done a great job. They have had a great WAC Tournament. We are really excited to be playing Stanford. I know Tara (VanDerveer) well from the old Pac-10 days. She is obviously a future hall of fame coach. She is an outstanding coach. She runs an outstanding program. She has been to the NCAA tournament 30 times, national championships and Final Four. We are really excited. She is such a class person and is a pioneer in the women’s game. She is someone I really really look up to and respect. I am looking forward to having our kids meet her and play against her. We are really, really excited. This is a great opportunity for us. We are looking forward to starting the game tomorrow.”

On playing against Tara VanDerveer...

“I have a lot of losses I can share with you. I do not even think we have won a game against Tara. Her teams were always so disciplined in what they did offensively and defensively. I know she has changed her offensive systems. I know they really are in tune in playing together and what they do. They always play defense. They have always defended very well. They never beat themselves. With a Tara-coached team, they will never beat themselves. I have learned a lot with just watching her coach and watching her tapes. She is really just very knowledgeable about the game, and how to motivate and manage her teams. Like I said, there are a lot of reasons that they do not beat themselves. But I think she does a great job with her student- athletes on and off the court. She is someone I have a great deal of respect and admiration for.”

On the location...

“It really does not matter because they are going to have their team at Maples Pavilion and they are going to have their team here. They are going to have the same team. It is going to be the same well-coached, talented team. To me, it really does not matter.”

On Stanford’s talents...

“First of all we need to be mentally prepared. We tell them that Stanford puts their uniforms on just like we do, one leg at a time, except it takes them a little bit longer to pull theirs all the way up. We will be okay. I just think you have to go out and play. Just play hard and do what you have done all season. You have to approach every game like you are going to win. You have to prepare to win. They are big in the front line. They are very big. I think we have some very good guards. But, they are bringing in six-three, six-three, six-three, and they are a long six-three. Erica McCall can run, jump, shoot and is very skilled at the post. It is the front line. Stanford is very fundamentally sound on top of being talented too. It is going to be a tough matchup.”

Tamera Williams, New Mexico State Guard:

On the excitement of playing Stanford in the NCAA Tournament...

“We are very excited. None of us are ready for our season to be over, so it is going to be a great game tomorrow. I am ready; I think everybody is ready.”

On senior leadership in postseason...

“I agree one-hundred percent to what Moriah (Mack) said. Making sure we come in with everybody focused and ready for the game. Just follow the gameplan and we will be ready.”

Moriah Mack, New Mexico State Guard:

On the excitement of playing Stanford in the NCAA Tournament...

“We are super excited. This is a great way to end our senior year. Like Tamera (Williams) said, we are not ready to be done. We are ready to play a great Stanford team tomorrow.”

On senior leadership in postseason...

“Trying to lead by example. We have to stay focused in practice, pay attention to what coaches say in film, and know that we have to come out ready.”