Jan. 3, 2013
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Holly Warlick
I told our players it was a tale of two halves. I was really concerned about coming in here and playing South Carolina. [They are a] hard-nosed, athletic, very well coached team and the first half was just my expectations of the physical-ness of both teams. I was obviously concerned at halftime with their offensive rebounding and our zero. We had a good talk at half. I said we could bottle that half but we could not repeat it. I am just proud of our effort against a good South Carolina team.
(On shooting from start to finish tonight)
I think we talked about before the game getting inside shots, in the paint shots, and that was from our post and from our guards. I was concerned that they would force us to quick shoot the basketball and just jack up the basketball. My goal was for the guards to get shots in the paint. I thought for the most part we took good shots, but the first half they didn't fall. I think offensively we stuck to our game plan. We shot the ball well, we shot 54 percent the first half and 47 the second. We just didn't take ill advised shots and that was my big concern coming in.
(On Isabelle Harrison's overall game)
Izzi was outstanding. We rely on her to obviously score, but her rebounding, her defensive presence, her ability to block shots, she gets that from her volleyball side of growing up. I thought she stepped up big. She played huge, huge rebounding, huge blocked shots. She took the shots Izzi was capable of making. The shots I think she missed were shots stepping away from the basket. She can hit those, but that's not what we wanted tonight.