Jan. 23, 2012
GUARD Meighan Simmons
(On the game)
"I'm very disappointed in myself personally, not being able to knock down shots that I usually knock down, not playing lock down defense like I like against LSU. This is a game to learn from. We have a lot of work to do if we want to win a Final Four."
(On shooting struggles)
"I really think it's really just a lack of focus. We came in and we were energized, then we kept looking at the scoreboard. We weren't playing, we gave up early. We can't play games like this."
(On feeling at halftime, only being down 10)
"We had to get defensive stops and (we) didn't get any defensive stops. It's not a matter of how many shots you hit. We did not play defense today. Our defense was not very good."
(On defending Skylar Diggins)
"They just did a lot of back screens.We worked on it at practice, we worked on it at shootaround. We knew they were going to run a lot of back screens and that's what they did. We had to be aware and we just were not aware of where she was at all times."
(On what you learn from this loss)
"Never give up. Don't give up so early, no matter what the score is, you have to work. We have to play all 40 minutes until the final buzzer goes off. We can't expect to come out and say, 'we are Tennessee,' put our jersey on, we are Tennessee. We have to go out and play hard. We have to play Tennessee basketball. We have to go out there and play confident instead of playing down to the other team's level. We have to succeed and play better than the other team."