Postgame Quotes: Lady Vols 105, Carson-Newman 40

Nov. 1, 2011

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"I thought we did some good things tonight. It's always good when you get to play everyone. Exhibition games are great to get the kinks out and to get some game footage you can use in teaching. Our players will learn a lot from watching the tape tomorrow.

"Across the board, I was pleased with the way we played.

"I was really pleased with Alicia Manning coming off the bench tonight. She was really focused and made some great things happen in 21 minutes - she had 23 points, seven rebounds and five steals. She had excellent offensive efficiency shooting 10 of 14 from the field.

"It was great to get the three freshmen in the game tonight and get rid of some of those first game jitters. I know they were excited. Izzy Harrison tried to play a little too fast but I was impressed with her eight rebounds and five blocked shots. I'd rather try to slow her down than speed her up.

"It was a wait and see situation if we would be able to play Ariel. The doctors cleared her yesterday and I was glad we were able to get her in the game. She had some good minutes in practice yesterday and it was good for her to get up and down the floor tonight. Her parents were here tonight and she was really eager to get into the game.

"Cierra plays all over the floor. She is a great passer and you could see that with her five assists. I also like the balance she had tonight with seven rebounds and 15 points. Probably the thing that caught my attention the most was her tough defense. You know that sticks out to me the most.

"These three freshmen are so passionate about the game. They are going to help this team. They listen...they want to improve daily and they are invested in everything we do. At the same time, I have to credit the upperclassmen for taking them under their wing and getting them prepared."

(Opening statement)
"For the most part, we did some really good things. We had open looks but I thought we shot quickly in the first half. Our defense was OK in the first four minutes but I thought as the game went on, especially the first half, we did some really good things. We've worked really hard on our press and we forced 21 turnovers the first half. So I'm really pleased with our defensive effort.

"We have preached hitting free throws and making layups, and if we had one place to improve from this game, we've got to do a better job on that. We preach winning a championship, and the only way we're going to do that is making layups and making free throws.

"You saw our freshmen; I thought they had a great first outing. I was kind of surprised how much Ariel Massengale played and how well she played being that she hadn't gotten a lot of practice time. But they came out and gave it a great shot.

"Alicia Manning was outstanding. Anytime you go 10-for-14, have 23 points and seven rebounds, you're doing something special. I thought she had a really good game tonight.

"Overall, we did some good things offensively. It was good to see Vicki Baugh out on the court again. I thought she played hard and made some things happen. Our guard play was consistent but it's got to get better. So this was a great teaching tape for us tonight. Yes, it was Carson-Newman, but we need to do things that make us better and improve and I think we've got some good footage for us to get better on."

(On tonight's fast-paced tempo)
"That is the style we want to play. We want to press, we want to force turnovers, we want to score easily off our turnovers - I thought tonight we did that for the most part. With the athletic team we have, there's no reason we can't create a lot of havoc with our defense.

"We ran a zone press quite a bit, probably more so than we would but it was a time for us to work on it. I was pleased because we've worked a lot this week on making our traps better, making our defense more aggressive. Yesterday in practice, that's all we did was defense and I think it showed. And that's the style we want to play. That's the Tennessee basketball we wanted to get back to - pressing, running. That's the kind of Tennessee basketball I think is exciting and that's what this team can do.

"That's when we're at our best, when we're pressing and creating turnovers and getting easy baskets. But when you do that, you've got to hit layups. And tonight I thought we missed a lot of layups, so we go back to layups and free throws. That's been our emphasis, and I'm sure that will be our emphasis tomorrow in practice."

(On tonight's press)
"We used a 1-2-2 press. We did a little bit of man-to-man press and we're trying to get us more aggressive. Our mission is to start out early aggressive and we can always back off. It's hard for a team to start off not pressing and then try to get them up and be aggressive. We're just trying to get our kids aggressive and attack. As coaches, if we can shoot layups instead of jumpers, we'd much rather shoot layups and not settle for jumpers."

(On Cierra Burdick)
"I don't know if Meighan (Simmons) tripped her but probably the biggest downfall she had tonight was tripping in the open court.

"I was pleased with Cierra. She missed some shots she normally would hit but Cierra's always going to have a stat line like Manning. She had seven rebounds and she was 7-for-8 from the free throw line, so she's the type of player who does things that go unnoticed.

"I thought all the freshmen, especially Cierra, had a good debut. They can get better, but it's a great building block for all of them."

(On the team's conditioning program
"We sat down with Heather (Mason, strength and conditioning coach) at the beginning of the year and told her our expectation. We wanted an up-tempo, fast-breaking team. We knew with a healthy Vicki Baugh, y'all know how quick Glory (Johnson) is and when we saw Izzy (Isabelle Harrison) come in, we thought we had the capability of running with the guards.

"Heather lowered their times and they competed. I'll give her credit. She's done an outstanding job of getting us ready, getting us in shape. The only thing for us is getting them in basketball shape, and that's quick turnarounds on the court. Heather built a tremendous base for us, especially with the freshmen, and it seems like it's paying off and we'll only get better."

(On Pat Summitt tonight)
"Pat was great. She was into it. Her deal is rebounding and hitting free throws, so at times she was not very happy with the free-throw situation. But Pat was Pat in the huddles, very active on the sideline. When you have four coaches that are involved with this team, all four of us people who can teach, that is a great sign for our kids. And Pat was no different tonight than she has been in the past. She was on all cylinders and doesn't like turnovers. Pat was Pat.

"Let me say this: I thought it was really a great gesture for Carson-Newman's players all to have `We Back Pat' T-shirts. That was special. To see those kids do that and to come up to Pat afterward, that's special to see. That's the impact Pat has not only around the country but just up the road in this state. That was really nice to see."

(On Ariel Massengale, who has missed practice time with a concussion)
"I asked her after the game, `How are you doing?' She said, `A little tired.' She has missed a lot of our press, the breakdowns of our offense, our 2-3 zone. So all fairness to her, you didn't see a 100 percent Ariel Massengale - and shouldn't have because she hasn't practiced.

"But she's the type of competitor, the type of point guard who can come out and pick things up. So at times, I would want to call something on defense - she had already called it. That's just the sign of a great point guard and she's only going to get better with practice."

(On Vicki Baugh's dribbling ability)
"We've given our posts the opportunity to dribble up the floor and handle the ball, and when a team does that they are very difficult to guard. Not too many (position) 5 players are going to get out and guard somebody full court. That's what's special about Vicki, that's what's special about Glory and Alicia Manning tonight. They handle the ball full court and that's difficult. That's difficult for a team to guard - I know it's hard for us when somebody does that as well."

(On that being OK with the coaching staff)
"We want to dribble bust up the floor all the time. The only time we would tell then `no' is when we turn it over a couple of times. But they have that opportunity to handle the ball and run our offense. That's what makes us difficult - when more than one player and more than one point guard are on the floor, that's hard to defend."

(On tonight's coaching responsibilities being the same as last year)
"I think so. I think this year Mickie (DeMoss) is focusing more on the offense; I'm focusing a little bit more on the defense and Dean's (Lockwood) kind of chiming in on both ends. I thought it worked out well. Different people are in the huddles and our kids respond. And that's the bottom line: if it's confusing to our kids, then we're going to change it. But I thought our kids responded.

"I thought Pat was good and it was just a good sign for us and good opportunity for us to work on our game management. I was pleased and I thought it was a great teaching film. We're going to learn a lot from it."

SENIOR Alicia Manning

(On tempo):

"I think we did a pretty good job of sharing. It worked really well for us. We got a lot of turnovers out of it, and it gave us a lot more opportunities to work stuff out. I definitely like the aggressiveness. I like how we set the tone from the start."

(On communication from coaches on the floor):

"It's the same it's always been. We've been asked that about Pat, and I give the same answer. She's got her staff and they're the best in the country. She couldn't ask for a better one. They support her and are faithful to her, just as we are to them. There should be no difference in any game. We'll be there for her."

(On Cierra's game):

"Ever since I met Cierra, I knew she's very focused on what she wants to do here. She takes her game seriously, and she puts in time after practice, before practice, getting up shots. It's really going to pay off. Her hard work that she's been putting in all summer, all the practice, it's really starting to show on the court. It's kind of a debut to the country what she's been doing. She brings height to our team. She has long arms and can crash the boards, get some boards for us. She's very crafty with the ball. She'll be a good offensive threat to us. Defensively, she's going to guard and send in the press with me, and get some stops and get some traps like we were doing today."

(On conditioning):

"I think we could have run down the court more consistently, when we could have pressed, and pushed the ball out more, and I think we're going to look at tape and make it a habit to do that every game and every possession if we can. Obviously, taking care of the ball, and if we don't have numbers, pulling them out. We'll be impatient on offense, but with the speed that we have, that's definitely going to be an advantage for us."

(On being signalled for a press or just knowing to do it):

"We're instructed before the game what our game plan is going to be. Obviously, time outs if they want to change something up, to account for made baskets, missed baskets. We live by that."

SENIOR Vicki Baugh

(On playing like she did freshman year):

"It was great. It's just good to be on the floor. Building that chemistry with my team, and I haven't had to miss any practices. Not only do I look it, but I feel it. I feel like I did freshman year, prior to my injuries."

(On going forward):

"Tennessee's philosophy has always been about defense and rebounding. We have to work on our one-on-one defense. We had to help way too much tonight, and also when we do help, we need to learn how to rotate. Just working on defense, but we have plenty of time, and this team is ready to work and extend our defense. If we just keeping coming out and realize our philosophy, we'll be just fine. We're just growing."

(On playing as a point guard):

"That's always been incorporated in my style of game, just kind of pushed back a little when I was injured, but like I said, I feel the same as my freshman year. After the rebound, if no one is stopping me, I'm going, and I know if I get stopped, I need to get it in the hands of my point guard. The team has my back on that, and I know the posts have the ability to do it."

(On Alicia's style of play):

"A-Town brings the energy to this team. If only we all played like her. That's one player who is a blue-collar worker and a lot of the time she doesn't get appreciated for the hard work because she does the things that don't necessarily get you on TV and stuff, but tonight she happened to score, and she always has that work ethic and if we play like that, we'll be competing for a championship."

(On yesterday's tough practice):

"The coaches were just trying to say that this is going to be Tennessee basketball. This is what it takes to compete in the final four and national championship. I think that they thought we were drawing a little too much toward depending on offensive game, and Tennessee's not about that. We all have the ability offensively, but what people have to have is the heart to play defensively. A player who does that every time I look up is A-Town. If we all play like her on every possession, we'll be in great shape."

(On the traps and aggressiveness):

"I think we did pretty well. That's one component of defense that this team has and I believe that we have long arms and we can extend the defense. Our posts can run. It's just great that players can be up in the trap. If we just learn to rotate and get the system down, we'll be in great shape. Traps is where are strong points are on defense.

FRESHMAN Cierra Burdick

(On her debut):

"I was just excited. It felt good to put a Lady Vols jersey on. I was telling somone earlier that that was only my second Lady Vol game period. I was at the Vanderbilt game last year and this was my second one, and it felt good to be actually on the court. I'm just blessed to be able to put on the jersey and play with these guys."

(On Ariel missing so much and finally coming back):

"It was a relief. I'm glad to see my teammate and my roomie and my fresh-mate out there on the floor with me. We've just been trying to get her healthy and I think she's really going to start getting in the flow of things and really do some damage on the floor."


(Opening Statement):

"Well, before the game we certainly had some goals in mind. Obviously, we know we're not going to win this game, but we want to come down here and be competitive, play hard. Certainly that's why Coach Summitt wants us down here is to fight against her team hard so that they can learn some things about their team, but one of our goals was to try and hold them to 110. We wanted to be up around 50. From an offensive standpoint we kind of struggled. We've been down here before where they scored 124 points. If we can keep it within that 60-point range against the No. 3 ranked team in the country as a Division II school, then we think that we've done a decent job."

(On the message Pat delivered to C-N during a visit to their locker room postgame):

"We just wanted to give her a little plaque from our team. This is a guaranteed game for us. We wanted to thank her for allowing us to come. The money that Tennessee provides to us certainly helps our budget. All the girls are fans. We're all fans of Tennessee. We're all fans of Coach Summitt. She actually came back and signed every one of our shirts. After the game she came to the locker room, said a few words."

(On the film study from tonight):

"That's a tough one. Tonight, we really didn't get into a lot of our sets. The good thing about tonight for us is that we got to see the press. They threw everything at us, which is good for these girls. They need that. We'll watch the film. We only have one day before we go play ETSU. We'll take a look at it. I think that our post game is very strong. I think we can take positives from it. We won't get a whole lot out of the film to be honest."


(On the "We Back Pat" t-shirts ):

"I think our graduate assistant, Laura, it was her idea to wear the t-shirts. I think she went around to a bunch of CVS's and Walgreens to try and find the shirts for us."


(On what you take away from this game):

"I think we're all really excited. It makes us a lot better as a team to play this competition then go play our competition. It helps us all around."

(On playing in this arena in front of family):

"It's really nice."





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