Jan. 26, 2012
HEAD COACH Pat Summitt
(On Tennessee's performance)
"That was kind of by design to get everybody else involved. I was glad to see Izzy (Isabelle Harrison) come in and give us some points, 10 points. Stricklen had 14. We shared the ball really well and I thought we got on the boards. Obviously, they were on the boards too but we had more people attacking."
(On spreading out minutes)
"I think they followed suit on it. I was really proud that we came out the way we did. Across the board, this is a feel good game. Everybody got to play, everybody played significant minutes and made a difference."
ASSISTANT COACH Mickie DeMoss
(On when they decided to change the starting lineup)
"It was probably a couple days ago after the Notre Dame loss. We felt like we needed to shake up some things and get some people's attention. We knew we had to get off to a better start so we thought we would experiment with a new lineup. Fortunately, everybody responded - the players that started and the people that came off the bench."
(On how the lineup change affects the bench)
"Actually, I thought the pace picked up when we went to the bench. The play was elevated at times. That's a hard thing for opponents to get used to when you go to your bench and your bringing better players off your bench. They responded well tonight."
(On Kamiko Williams' performance)
"I think she sees the floor better. She's been working more with the right hand so she can go right a little bit better. She's more confident with her ball handling. She is seeing the floor a lot better so therefore she can find the open players and get the ball to them. I thought Kamiko needed this game. She had been struggling coming back off that knee injury, struggling a little bit with her confidence. This game gave her those minutes to get in and really get some quality minutes. She really did some great things."
(On Briana Bass)
"I think if we gave a most improved player on this team this year, it would go to Briana Bass. She's paid her dues, obviously, being a senior that's seen limited minutes throughout her career. She came back this year and was relaxed with her role. She didn't go in and try to force things when we would play her. She's become a student of the game and she's been able to transfer it onto the court. She did a tremendous job for us tonight, starting the game, taking care of the ball and knocking down some open shots."
(On Tennessee's upcoming game at Georgia)
"We know we're certainly going to have our hands full down in Athens. It'll be our third straight road game. Our schedule is presenting a lot of challenges for us, but I think we'll be ready. I think this game was good for us coming off that Notre Dame loss. I think we have a little bit of confidence back and now we need to go down to Georgia and take care of business."
JUNIOR GUARD Kamiko Williams
(On being back in action after her knee injury)
"My knee feels good. Of course, I have to deal with the after surgery pain, but I feel fine. Rehab was tough, but it was more about the mental (aspects) of it. I was working so hard to get back, watching my teammates out there, I wanted to get back and play. I was working so hard to get back when I had four months ahead of me. That was the hardest part. All the work, I do with Heather (Mason) was easy."
(On her rehab)
"(Athletic trainer Jenny Moshak) J-Mo, since I tore it, she has been keeping me positive and keeping me on the right track. She makes me feel good about (coming back). She instills confidence in me and it has carried over."
(On balanced scoring)
"We came in as a team and said we have to do it as a team. When your number is called go out there and play your game."
(On the new lineup)
"They have been working hard every day in practice. Cierra, for the last several games, she has been knocking shots down and Briana (Bass) always works hard. She was pretty good."
(On her passing)
"Sitting down for five months, I got to see everything, it helped me a lot. This is a game I was waiting for, so hopefully it will get better from here."