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Tennessee-Florida Postgame Quotes

Jan. 14, 2010

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"Our basketball team didn't come ready to play tonight. Florida played us tough a majority of the game. I don't know if that was due to a lack of leadership or ownership on our part. When the people you count on don't make shots, you switch into panic mode. We tried to keep calm and focused and played to get a win. After last year, I thought we were at a different level mentally and emotionally than tonight. We certainly dodged a bullet. If we play them again, it will be with the utmost respect."

On Tennessee's 25 turnovers in the game ...
"The ball was like a hot potato tonight. We had some really poor passing angles, but we have to give Florida credit. I really think they made us rush, and that disappoints me, but it also says something about their defense and their overall play."

On Angie Bjorklund's cold shooting night until two late 3-pointers ...
"Angie is a great shooter, but tonight she was rushed. We wouldn't trade her for anybody in the world. She'll come back, get home and get back in the gym. She's a marked woman; everyone is after her."

On coming back to win such a close game ...
"Everyone really had composure and kept it together. Our huddles were good. The team's composure was an indication they wanted to win and weren't going to give the game away."

On Kelley Cain's injury ...
"With Kelley Cain, it was more her hip than anything. She fell on her hip. Kelley is a lot more mature and tough mentally than a year ago. She's definitely been a difference-maker."

Kelley Cain
On coming back after her injury ...
"It was very difficult to come back, but I knew my team needed me. I felt like I would be leaving the team hanging if I couldn't go back out there. I had to suck it up and go out there for my team.

Angie Bjorklund
On her game-winning reverse lay-up with 2.3 seconds left ...
"I'm definitely a shooter. I don't shoot too many lay-ups, I'm glad that one went in."

On her decision to take the ball to the hoop on the final play ...
"I saw Glory [Johnson] get doubled, so I just cut to the hoop and it was open."

On the designed final play ...
"Initially it was to get our posts the ball, but it just broke down. Florida's aggressive defense caused us trouble executing our offense the entire game. We are lucky to get this win.

On Florida's late-game lead ...
"I give a lot of credit to Florida. They came out a lot tougher than us. We have to match their intensity. We didn't and that's how they started to build their lead. In the end, we became more composed and calm in our offense. At the same time, we were making defensive stops."

"I'm very, very proud of the way that we played. I thought we showed tremendous toughness and tremendous fight. There were a lot of reasons for us not to play with that consistent fight. The biggest was that we didn't start that quickly. I am proud of how hard we battled. I knew for us to win, it would come down to toughness. I thought we did as good as we possibly could have with our toughness, we just couldn't get a couple of rebounds that we needed. We know that we should have won. Playing Tennessee close was not our objective; it was to win. I'm disappointed we couldn't close it out."

On any adjustments Florida made after its first timeout ...
"We didn't change anything significant. We played a little bit more zone because [Kelley] Cain did a great job starting off of dominating the paint. She's one of the best posts in the country. In terms of adjustments on the offensive end, we just kept doing what we were doing - attacking, staying confident and a couple of shots fell."

On Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund ...
"[Angie] Bjorklund is a very, very talented player. I admire the way she leads her team. I didn't think she played very well tonight, but a lot of that had to do with our defense. You know she's a champion because she had a tough night, but she made plays when her team needed her to. I still don't know how she got that shot off. It was a tough play and that's the kind of plays you expect a player like her to make."

On Florida freshman Jennifer George ...
"Jennifer George was huge in stepping in there and just battling kids much taller than her. There's not much better athletes in the country than Glory [Johnson] in terms of athletic ability. It was a great growing up game for George."

On Florida's defense and 16 steals ...
"I thought LT [Lonnika Thompson] really set the tone for that. As good of a player as [Shekinna] Stricklen is, I don't know that point guard is her biggest strength. We tried to exploit that with our point guard and it fell on the shoulders of Lonnika. She did a great job of setting the tone and she's so talented. On every play, we expected to get a stop or be disruptive. I just really thought our consistent toughness led to all of those turnovers."

#10 Steffi Sorensen, Sr. G

On her four three-pointers ...
"I was just taking what the defense was giving me. I got in a good number of shots the past couple of days in practice. I was ready for this game. They're Tennessee; every time they come on your home court, you want to protect it. We didn't get the stops or rebounds that we needed that ultimately lost the game for us."

On the final play that included a last-second Lonnika Thompson 3-point attempt ...
"That play is something we run every single day. My heart goes out to LT, but plenty of things - when you look back at it - are why we lost the game. If I stop my man [Angie Bjorklund] from scoring on the last play of the game, we would be having a different conversation. It was a well-designed play, the shot just didn't fall. I couldn't be more proud of our team tonight. We fought hard and it speaks a lot about Florida basketball."

On Tennessee's Angie Bjorklund and her game-winning shot ...
"She's a great player and she hadn't been hitting all game. I was as close as I could be without fouling. She cut backdoor, which I was expecting, and then she just caught the ball on the baseline and did a reverse. She's a great player and she made a great play."



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