Dec. 14, 2008
HEAD COACH Pat Summitt
On the loss:
I was really very pleased with our first half of play. I felt we executed better in the first half. We would have been better off if we didn't have halftime, maybe. Coming out of halftime I just didn't really feel like we did a good job overall. The things that were costly for us were not taking care of the ball, certainly that is costly. When you don't shoot well from the line and you're turning the ball over and you're getting beat on the boards, it's tough to win. We missed so many easy, easy shots in the paint. You've got to give Texas an awful lot of credit. They were tough. They definitely had the advantage on the boards. This team today was not committed to rebounding and you cannot go on the road against quality opponents if you don't bring your defense and your board play.
On what went wrong in the second half:
I didn't think (Briana Bass) was as sharp with her leadership at the point coming out of the half. Things just started to break down for us. I thought the one thing in the second half was we played just so over-anxious offensively. When you don't make shots, if you are a young basketball team, that will deflate them.
SOPHOMORE GUARD Angie Bjorklund
On dealing with foul trouble throughout the game:
I think with the fouls, that's just something you have to play through and be smart with. I think that's just something I learned from. I can't let that affect the rest of my game and I need to stay in it more mentally.
On what happened in the second half:
I do give Texas a lot of credit with their defense and their pressure, and also they were hitting shots. I think our defense just broke down. When things weren't going our way, we weren't there mentally. We just need to stay in it and hopefully we'll learn from this.
On where the team goes from here:
I really think the major thing is staying in it mentally. When things aren't going our way we need to just go to the next play and just take it one possession at a time, especially on defense. If we don't hit a shot we need to go back and get a stop in order to stay in the game. We'll take this and hopefully grow up fast.
FRESHMAN FORWARD Glory Johnson
On picking up three fouls in three minutes in the first half and none in the second half:
I just had to play smarter. I knew what I could do and I knew what I couldn't do. I knew what the refs were going to call and I knew what they weren't going to call. I just wasn't as physical, wasn't as aggressive, but I still tried to play my own game.
On what effect missing shots had on the team:
At some point I think it affects us individually, but as a team if we miss shots you have another teammate pumping you up. We shouldn't worry about what shots we miss and what shots we make, we should just keep on trying to push the ball and play our game.