Dec. 19, 2010
TENNESSEE vs. STANFORD
December 19, 2010
TENNESSEE HEAD COACH Pat Summitt (opening remarks):
"It was two great teams that battled hard. I was very, very proud that we didn't panic when they went up by six. We kept our composure. Glory (Johnson) didn't shoot well, but she locked (Jeanette) Pohlen down. That was big for us because she had had her way with us. She's the best athlete on the team. She responded. With the staff that we have, I've got a lot of help on the bench. We are constantly talking. There's a lot of good information. That's how we run our program."
(on how big this win was):
"It was huge for us. We had to find a way to win. It was a great crowd. We didn't want to let them down."
"They were both big plays. Glory getting deflections was huge. She had been defending out on top of the floor. She hasn't been scoring effectively, but that's why we have Pratt Pavilion. We'll work on that. Kelley has a toughness. I told them, `Don't throw at her knees.' She gets her hands up."
(on Angie Bjorklund defending Kalyla Pedersen):
"Angie is an athlete. I think at times people think of her as nothing but a go-to player on offense, but she's got quick feet. She cut her off. I wasn't happy with her to begin with, but when she came back in, she did some good things." (on Stanford's play in the second half):
"The way Stanford came out, I thought they had been shot out of a cannon. They came to play. We didn't respond well. At the second timeout, we talked about what we had to do. Instead of being on our heels, we had to go after them."
(on Meighan Simmons' three-pointer to tie the game at 70-70):
"It was huge. It got the crowd going and gave us a lot of positive energy."
(on Kelley Cain):
"I hope she continues the way she is playing. She's working hard. She's had lower back issues. She has to keep herself mobile. She gets an A for toughness." (on Vicki Baugh):
"She looked good out there. She's trying too hard to score. If she buys into defense and board play, the scoring will come."
SENIOR GUARD Angie Bjorklund
(On needing this win):
"Oh, it was huge. We've been working all week to prepare for this game. We couldn't dwell too much on the Baylor game. We had to just watch film, learn from it and move on. We did a good job of focusing in practices. That helped us a lot."
(On coming back from a deficit):
"Any time you come from behind, that's huge because (facing a deficit) probably will happen in the future. Just knowing that we have a team that's going to buckle down on defense and really fight to come back is huge. I have to give props to the fans because it was like a sixth man out there. They really got us going when we needed it, and we fed off the crowd's energy."
(On Meighan's late three-pointer):
"It was huge. It tied the game. I think Meighan's a clutch player. She hit a couple of huge shots for us down the stretch. I always give credit to how confident she is. She just needs to keep it up."
(On learning from the Baylor game):
"We really learned that if our shots aren't falling, we have got to play defense, and there were a couple of stretches when our shots weren't falling. We got it together. We didn't let that get us down, and we fed off of our defense instead of our offense. I was proud of our team. We learned a lot from that game, and we came back. We bounced back, and we did a great job."
JUNIOR FORWARD Shekinna Stricklen
(On the crowd's contribution):
"I think that helped a lot. Just having a lot of fans there cheering you on nonstop builds a lot of energy. We really fed off that. I give a lot of credit to our fans. We love them, and we thank them."
(On Angie's defense):
"Everyone thinks, `Angie, all she can do is just shoot,' but tonight I think she proved a lot of people wrong. She had great defense on (Kayla) Pedersen; it was like she couldn't even breathe. Angie was all up in her face. Angie's just a hard worker, offense and defense. I'm just glad she's my teammate."
FRESHMAN GUARD Meighan Simmons
(On her game-tying three):
"All I have to say to that is to God be the glory for that shot because I really did not believe that that shot was going in. I just have to have that confidence that any time I shoot just believe that it's going to go in. I just think that three just sparked something in the team. I think from then on everybody got it in their mind, `Hey, we're not going to lose this game, and we're going to do whatever we can to win."
(On keeping composure after losing the lead):
"I think everybody just came together. That was a time when Pat called a timeout. She just said, `We're not going to lose this game.' I just think that everybody thought about what they needed to do to help the team win, and we just brought all of that together."
STANFORD HEAD COACH TARA VANDERVEER (opening statement):
"I'm really proud of how our team competed. I thought Tennessee played very well and I congratulate them. We had opportunities to win the game because of the great play of Jeanette (Pohlen) and Nnemkadi (Ogwumike). I thought they both stepped up really well but we made some bad mistakes down the stretch and we had too many turnovers in the second half. Credit Tennessee, they hit some very big shots and as always I think Pat does a great job and the team really competed as did our team."
On overtime struggles:
"It really hurt our team when Jeanette fouled out. That was something that really hurt us in terms of our execution and some of our offense. I thought we got some good looks and we didn't knock down shots that we needed to. When they got good looks they made shots. I thought one of the critical things was Kelley Cain getting her offensive board on the free throw when it was a three point game and went to five points or five and went to seven. There is some slippage and I think with our team we have Kayla (Pederson) and Jeanette as our two seniors and Neka as our junior that really plays. I thought our young kids competed really well, Chiney Ogwumike, Sarah Boothe, Toni Kokenis and this was eye opening for them coming into this arena and being led by the two returners I thought they did a good job."
Needing OT in games vs. Tennessee:
"I think it just shows that we both have really competitive teams and they are hard fought battles that are disappointing to lose. Credit the student-athletes that work really hard to make it such a good game. I think that this is a fantastic atmosphere and people came and got their money's worth."
SENIOR GUARD JEANETTE POHLEN
On second half performance:
"I think in the second half we were really setting some good screens. We decided to run some sets that get me some picks and flares and they were going under so I just read the defense and if I was open I would shoot it. That is really the only thing we changed. We had some great picks for some open shots."
On watching OT:
"I was so mad at myself. All you can do is cheer and it was very hard to watch that because I want to help, I want to do something, even if I'm not scoring. I was just pretty disappointed in myself."
On second half foul trouble:
"We just needed to lock down on defense, not foul. We needed to keep our hands up, box them out and not let them get second shots. They would get a second shot and we would foul them on the second shot and not the first one."
JUNIOR FORWARD NNEMKADI OGWUMIKE
On what it would have meant to get win No. 800 for coach VanDerveer at UT:
"I think coach Tara can speak for us, that was not what was on our mind. Obviously coming back from not so spectacular play at DePaul in Chicago, we wanted to come in here and build our definition. We are trying to find out who we are. We are trying our best to capitalize on our assets and most importantly we just wanted to come out here and give our effort and do everything right to get the job done. Obviously Tennessee played very well. They were shooting and hitting very nice shots in the first half as well as the second half. We have to keep our composure. I think we are good at keeping poise, but at the same time we have to knock down shots that we were getting."