Postgame Quotes: No. 9 Tennessee 88, Mississippi State 45

Jan. 31, 2013

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Head Coach Holly Warlick

(Opening statement)
"Well, it was a great win for us and good to get back on the winning side, especially in the SEC. We got a chance to play a lot of players, some like Nia (Moore) and Jasmine Phillips, who hadn't gotten a lot of playing time. I thought we did some good things with them there, and we've just got to build on it and get ready for Missouri on Sunday."

(On decision to start Kamiko Williams)
"I think Jasmine (Jones) is more comfortable with coming off the bench. She and I talked about it, and I talked to Kamiko as well and came to the conclusion that it would be good to get Kamiko to start because she has experience. Jasmine likes to sit and watch and see how the game progresses before coming in, so we went with Kamiko."

(On Williams' performance)
"It was a great game, one of her best games since she's been here. That's our expectation for her. Six steals was huge, then her assists and rebounding. She was at the point a lot. She needs to put those numbers up every night for us to maintain and be consistent."

(On Burdick playing at the 4 position in Isabelle Harrison's absence)
"Cierra was playing a little bit at the 4. With one hand, she had five rebounds. She's not going to make up for Izzy's presence on the defensive end and her power around the basket. Cierra is really creative in how to score and is a great passer, so we need to play her at the four to get some minutes."

(On Burdick's return)
"Well, she loves the game. She got hurt playing and working on her game on New Year's Eve, so yeah, she's been dying to get back in and she's been chomping at the bit. She's done conditioning and stayed in great shape, and Jenny (Moshak), our trainer, wanted us to play her limitedly. I just wanted her to get out there, and I told her to just be careful with her hand. I just wanted her to get back and get in the rhythm and the flow because she's going to be big for us."

(On Williams' most important stat)
"I think it's steals for her. She has a great presence on the defensive end, and she can be one of our best defensive players. I'm happy for her. She just had a complete game. Let me back up. (laughs) Probably her playing 32 minutes was a huge stat. Her maintaining and her conditioning, I think her playing 32 minutes was huge for us."

Sophomore F Cierra Burdick

(On discomfort coming back after her time off the court)
"It's different when you're sitting out for a month, and then today was the first day I really went up and down with my team. It was different, but we thought this game was the best game for me to come in and get adjusted back to things and hopefully be back to full speed when we play Missouri."

(On Nia Moore)
"Nia is extremely long; if anything, she is a shot blocker. Y'all don't see her in practice, but we do. I think when she gets more comfortable on the court and has more minutes under her belt, she'll be a benefit to us."

(On getting back as soon as possible with Izzy out)
"It's huge. We needed to get back. We need to have Izzy's back. We're so big on being a family, and when one of our family members goes down, it's important for us to have each other's back. Nia and I were just trying to get back in the groove of things and step up for Izzy."

(On the crowd's reaction when she came back)
"I was all smiles. Smiling from ear to ear. When basketball is your life since you were five years old and it gets taken away from you for a month, when you get to come back, all you can do is smile. I was so energized on the bench trying to be positive for my teammates, but there's nothing like stepping in between those lines and having the ball in your hand. Our fans are great. The acknowledgement that they showed me was awesome."

(On giving Izzy cheerleading tips)
"I don't think Izzy is as mobile as I am, so she's going to have to learn to step up her cheerleading skills after her surgery."

(On playing inside or outside)
"It actually works out for me because right now I can't shoot. But don't tell anybody, that's a secret. I can't shoot outside four feet from the basket. My strength and range of motion isn't perfect right now, but playing inside works right now."

(On being effective inside once she's 100%)
"I definitely think I can help with rebounding and passing the ball, and just stepping outside. I'm not going to be the post presence that Izzy is, because she's phenomenal, but I can be a versatile 4, but when I have to play the 5, I'll step up and shoot my midrange."

(On being able to shoot by Sunday)
I've been making leaps and bounds since I've had my cast off; it hasn't been an easy process. It's been extremely painful-more painful than I thought it would be, but I think I'll be full strength by Sunday."

Senior G Kamiko Williams

(On being torn between running onto the court and greeting players)
"Not at all. I love doing the handshakes with the team and giving my friends hugs before the game. That's something I enjoy doing. I'd rather be out there."

(On when she found out she'd be starting)
"Taber told me when we were shooting. She just told me to be ready, and I just had to get my mind right in the last ten minutes of the warm up."

(On her numbers tonight)
"Mickey Dearstone told me. Now that Isabelle is out, it's going to have to happen again. Like C said, we all have to step up. This game, I was just trying to focus on defense and rebounding."

Freshman C Nia Moore

(On helping with Izzy out)
"It definitely gives me confidence. With our players going out and being injured, any time I can go out there and help my team is good."

(On stumbling over the cameraman)
"I'm sorry about that. It was a hustle play; I didn't mean to hit you. I was just trying to get the ball back into play."

(On Jasmine Phillips getting in the game)
"Any time one of the players gets the time out there, it's good to see that."





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