Postgame Quotes: Tennessee 63, DePaul 48

March 20, 2012

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HEAD COACH Pat Summitt
(On Tennessee advancing to its 30th Sweet 16)
"I was really pleased. I thought we started out maybe a little slow. We stepped up and did a lot of good things. We got the ball inside and that was important."

(On DePaul playing hard)
"They did. There's no doubt about it. Obviously, Coach (Doug) Bruno is a great coach. He's a great motivator as well. I thought our team really responded, especially in the second half. Glory Johnson stepped up. She did a great job on the boards and we needed that. Even if she wasn't scoring a lot, she was doing other things to make up for it."

(On Tennessee's 20 turnovers making things more difficult)
"Absolutely. I think that's something that we have to be mindful of and really focus on."

(Opening statement:)
"First let me start off by saying how wonderful and gracious DePaul has been for us here in this tournament. They've been very nice to us and they put on a wonderful job and my hats off to their athletic department. We appreciate your hospitality. To the game, I thought it was a battle. That's what seems to be surrounded by our team is just a hard-fought battle and Doug's team, playing us with seven people, is just incredible. I know he calls that team the `miracle seven' and they were. They battled and it took us 10 people to get the job done. But I'm proud of these young ladies. They fought hard. We didn't have a great shooting night but I thought when we needed stops, we got them. When we needed rebounds, we got them. So it was a great team effort. I'm proud of them and I'm proud that we're advancing to the Sweet Sixteen."

(On the team's improved defense in the postseason:)
"I think our defense definitely did a good job and it starts with the senior. I know we try to start off every game a lot stronger than we have. We try to bring the good `D'. We start off slow but it's our responsibility and that's one thing that we take pride in--our defense and our rebounding--because that's what the program is based off of and that's what we've learned since we were freshmen coming in. I think that starts all the energy on defense and when our defense is great, that's when our offense is great as well. We just try to rely on our defense and let our offense come."

(On if DePaul's scrappiness was a surprise:)
"It was a surprise just how strong each one of their players were. It's not like you normally expect every game to be physical every time out. DePaul was a scrappy team and don't let anyone underestimate them just because of their size. They were just as powerful inside as they were out. They were physical with our guards and they were very physical with our post players so hats off to them because they were a lot stronger than we expected them to be. They just made us stronger."





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