Jan. 23, 2005

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(opening remarks) "I liked the way our starters got us out on a defensive mission at the beginning. (Shyra) Ely was taking on the challenge of guarding (Sara) Potts. Beginning with the Auburn game, she has been doing a much better job of guarding their go-to perimeter person. We had a lot of people get a lot of quality minutes. Notice I did not say quality play. We went into this game wanting (Sybil) Dosty to get more minutes. She was our first sub at the post. I was pleased with what she did overall."

"I didn't go in with the idea of playing everyone because I didn't know how the game would unfold. Kentucky got some good looks early. Their shots just didn't fall. They rushed some shots. Our defensive intensity was good. We wanted (Dominique) Redding and (Sybil) Dosty to get more minutes as well as (Sa'de Wiley) Gatewood and, obviously, (Loree) Moore. They both pulled themselves late in the game. Everybody is battling colds and not feeling well."

"I like this starting lineup. (Alexis) Hornbuckle is a very efficient player. If you look at her stat line, she did a lot of good things. She manages huddles well and is vocal. I like her at the two (shooting guard position), but she is very efficient at both spots."

"We lost some intensity in the second half. We used a lot of different combinations. Kentucky played better in the second half. We used (Sidney) Spencer both inside and outside. Shyra (Ely) didn't play as well in the second half. There were times that we had four freshmen on the floor at the same time. Those four freshmen are starting to grow up. When they get some confidence, they're going to be able to make a difference for us. March is when it counts. I'll sacrifice play now in order for them to get valuable minutes and be better players then."

"Everybody's sick. I'm going to stay away from them. They'll like that."



Shyra Ely:

"Before the Auburn game, Coach (Summitt) emphasized defense to me. I had not been playing very good defense. I had tapered off. That's a role that I have to fulfill for this team. (Against Kentucky's Sara Potts), I tried to not let her get the ball and limit her touches and frustrate her. I think I did a good job. Loree (Moore) did, too."

Alexis Hornbuckle:

(on starting at point guard) "I tried to set the tone and get the team off defensively. I tried to get the offense into the flow of the game. I think I kind of did that."

Shanna Zolman: (on facing Kentucky head coach and former Tennessee assistant coach Mickie DeMoss) "That was extra motivation. It was very exciting just to see Mickie on the floor. We were excited for her to be back here. I was glad for her to get a warm welcome from our fans. Our fans love her."

"It was Coach's (Summitt) idea for us to get a lot of bench minutes. Whether it was freshmen or upperclassmen, she wanted us to get a lot of minutes, to get quality time and get experience. It allowed us to work on the game as a team and look at different sets."

"Coach has been emphasizing defensive rebounds for myself. She has been on us guards to start boarding heavily. Our posts have been doing their job. She has been emphasizing that to me."


(on the game) "We couldn't knock shots down early. Tennessee's defense was a big part of that. We took some quick shots and that opened up their running game. We never could recover from that early run. It was a long night for the Cats."

(on the ceremony prior to the game) "I didn't know they (Tennessee administrators) were going to do a ceremony. Joan (Cronan) pulled a fast one on me. It was nice to be back at Thompson-Boling Arena, and the crowd was very welcoming."

"We play a lot of young players. I didn't think the atmosphere would bother our players. We have been drawing pretty well at home, but obviously they root for us."

"It felt good. The fans appreciated the 18 years I was here and what we were able to accomplish."


"We tried to look at it like it was any other game, an SEC game that we wanted to win."



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