Feb. 19, 2010
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Pat Summitt
Opening Statement: "Obviously I am very disappointed in how we came out and played in this game. A lot of things didn't go our way and I give Alabama a lot of credit, but when you have a player (Celiscia Farmer) that has been averaging 4.9 points a game and you give up 21, that is significant in the lack of awareness in defensive intensity and commitment. Farmer had her way. She just got open shots. We had no sense of urgency. They out rebounded us by 12. Out of 35 misses, we only had 12 offensive boards. What is rebounding? It's heart and competitive desire. Am I pleased? No. Is it good to play poorly and win a game? Yes, that is good. This has to be an opportunity for our team to take a look at how they are. We are concerned as a coaching staff. We disrespected the game of basketball tonight. I'm very concerned about the future of our team because we are closing out our SEC play and obviously get in to the playoffs and if we have one of these (games like tonight) we are going home. We're done."
On what most disappointed her in tonight's performance: "Just not coming to the gym with a mission. Our coaching staff was clearly the most vocal voices across the board and this team did not take ownership."
On Celiscia Farmer's performance: "(Farmer's) performance just goes to show you our lack of commitment on defense."
TENNESSEE JUNIOR Angie Bjorklund
On if the team overlooked Alabama: "I think we just came out flat. We had two turnovers in a row and didn't get off to a good start and we let one thing lead to another and it just kind of sucked the life out of us. If we turn the ball over, we have to go down and get stops. I think it's just having more of a sense of urgency to start the game and if you do make a mistake then you have to go down and respond on defense and we didn't do that at all tonight."
On the development of their competitive maturity: "I think you see it in our team's spirits. We have yet to play a forty minute team where we have that competitive maturity the entire game. We might get up on a team and then let them come back in and I thought that's what we did tonight. If we can put together forty minutes where everyone goes hard on every possession, you're looking at a whole different team. Everyone has to step up. We should have been ready to come and there are no excuses for the way we played tonight."
TENNESSEE SOPHOMORE Alyssia Brewer
On Tennessee's defense: "I can't even tell you. I think one thing that Dean (Lockwood) told us that really hit me in the locker room was that we had to be engaged in the game and there were moments where we weren't as a team. Maybe one or two of us, but it wasn't a collective effort. I think that's something that's going to determine whether we have success or not. You would think that we would be past that by now. It was just unacceptable and we're better than this. Everybody knows that. We're the players out there though and we're the people that have to play."
On getting back into the gym:
"I think everybody needs to be in the gym tomorrow, including myself. I need to work on my free throws. We have to have that maturity and take that responsibility. You can only help a teammate out so much, but it has to be them that steps up."