Nov. 11, 2013
HEAD COACH Holly Warlick
(On The Game)
"I will take us playing bad and winning over playing good and losing any time. We had too many turnovers. It was the second game on the road and we stepped up when we needed to and held on. I was proud of the win."
"I thought we got ahead and got comfortable. Then (UNC) put their heads down and started driving. We let up. The thing is you can't get upset about it. You have to stay with the fundamentals. We hit some big shots and free throws. I challenged Ariel before the game. I told her we are going to ride your coat tails and wow, she stepped up. I never thought to take her out."
(More on Massengale)
"Its difficult to take Ariel out, when she shoots so well. She led the team. She led by example and she was vocal.
"Cierra didn't have a better game shooting. She did have nine rebounds, she had five assists. Izzy didn't play a lot, but she had 14 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes. She was efficient."
(On Jordan Reynolds)
"She did some good things. She had a turnover, but when Massengale is playing that well, that will take some of Jordan's minutes. Jordan will be a heck of a player. I am thrilled with Jordan right now."
(On Mercedes Russell)
"I tell you she is usually about an 80 percent free throw shooter. I jinxed her. I think she was pressing a little bit. She's pressing, she will get better as well. These are environments (Mercedes and Jordan) haven't played in. Two road games and two road wins."
"You always remember the losses. especially the first game you coach. I'm excited to be home. I want our fans to see us play. We play Thursday and then Sunday. We have a good stretch at home. To come out 2-0, on this trip, I am proud of our team."
JUNIOR GUARD Ariel Massengale
(On The Game)
"I felt good going in. Coach Warlick challenged me in front of the whole team. She challenged me to lead the team to victory. Scoring, attacking, shooting, passing, I was going to do whatever I could. If you are in a drought, you have to shoot out of it."
(On Starting Hot)
"You try to get your teammate involved early. I still had seven assists. They have faith in me. Coach says if they leave you open, make them pay for it,
(On Andraya Carter)
"I love having Andraya Carter back. She can attack, she can shot the 3, she has improved her jump shot greatly.
(On North Carolina)
"UNC is great team. Their freshmen played extremely well. We had to use our experience to our advantage and that helped us out. We knew if we needed a basket we knew who to go to. We knew where we needed to go when we needed it."
(On what can be improved)
"We had 24 turnivers in this game. We are striving for greatness. We are getting back to the drawing board. We have gave up too many offensive rebounds and we have to work on that.
"We are excited to get back to Knoxville and play in front of our fans."