Portugal #8 Ines Viana “It was a bad day, we can say it like that. They were better than us, so I don’t have a lot to say. We tried, but it wasn’t our day.
“we need to score more. We lost a lot, we missed a lot, and I think after that, after we started missing, our head is different. They start scoring, and we are trying to go with the game and we couldn’t. But, if we score more maybe the game would be different.”
Coach Jose Maria Buceta “I think this is a very happy day, because we reached our goal, but in a way sad, because this is Azania’s last game. It’s great to get a win and now we look forward to EuroBasket in 2019.”
Azania Stewart (on retirement) “I’m really happy, it’s hard work that we’ve put in over the last year and step-by-step. Coach has told me 5-1, that’s great for us moving forward into EuroBasket, but personally I’m just so happy to be home and all my family and friends can come and support me and the team. I just got put in great positions to succeed tonight, and I’m happy with the result.”
We made sure that we came out with good energy and played our style, but at the same time respect them. We knew they were an aggressive team, we watched them on film, so obviously they were scrappy and a really hard team.”
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