March 24, 2012
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Pat Summitt
(On the game being a tale of two halves)
"We didn't start out well at all, but the second half was definitely a different half for us. I thought we had a lot of people step up on the defensive end and on the offensive end."
(On Tennessee coming out flat offensively)
"I don't have an answer for it, but we can't continue to do that. I think they understand, but we got off to a slow start."
(On considering putting Meighan Simmons or Ariel Massengale into the starting lineup to avoid slow starts)
"I think that's something that our staff will talk about. I think that might be what we really need to do."
(On Ariel Massengale's shooting performance)
"She really did a good job. Sometimes she likes to distribute the ball, but we need her to score as well."
ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH Holly Warlick
(On the second-half rally)
"We got down and defended the one-on-one. We got really serious about it. We had a pretty heated discussion at halftime. Our program is built on defense and rebounds and we were not doing that (in the first half). They were shooting 60 percent in the first half. We had to get down and defend one-on-one and I thought we came out and did that."
(On what she learned about the Lady Vols in the Kansas game)
"I think we have a resiliency about us. We start off slow but we tend to never give up and that's what I love about this team. I would much rather them not get in the hole, but they keep fighting and fighting. Different people step up. Meighan Simmons stepped up today, Ariel Massengale stepped up today. I'm just proud of their effort and it was a great team effort."
SOPHOMORE Meighan Simmons
(On why Tennessee got off to a slow start)
"We came out too sluggish. We didn't have any energy, we were low on energy. But the second half, we came out and had a different mindset. We have a goal this year and that's to get to the Final Four and the second half we came out with a lot of intensity."
(On how important reaching the Final Four is for the Senior Class)
"It's very important (to get to the Final Four). These girls are like sisters to me and I want them to be successful just as anybody else. I think it's going to be important for them to leave this arena of college basketball and step into the next step of their lives. This is really important, it is going to give them a boost of energy from the next level."