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Postgame Quotes: No. 4 Stanford 97, No. 6 Tennessee 80



Dec. 21, 2011

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Lady Vols Head Coach Pat Summitt
(On playing in the tough atmosphere at Stanford)
"They obviously had a great crowd in here. You have to look at their team, they were very, very strong. Obviously, the Ogwumike sisters are a 1-2 punch that I don't know anyone else in the country that has anything like it."

(On coming up with the defensive plan)
"It was a tough game for us. We could never get enough people in the right rhythm. I'm disappointed we didn't have a lot of people step up for us."

(On the postgame pep talk)
"Obviously, we weren't real happy. But, we have to learn from it and that's the important thing. I think with this experience, in this gym, with this experience with this team, going on the road and playing this environment, it's going to be a good thing for us. Hopefully, we can build on it. We just need to go back to work."

(On the long road trip)
"It has been a long road trip. We are looking forward to a break, but, coming into an environment like this, I think it's good for us and good for our team to see what we we need to go home and work on, and we will do that."

Lady Vols Assistant Coach Mickie DeMoss
(On defending Nnemkadi Ogwumike)
"When you have your best player, like Nnemkadi Ogwumike, just taking control of the game on the offensive end, it gives everybody else a lot of confidence. I think initially, we executed our gameplan pretty well, for the first half. We stayed one-on-one with the Ogwumikes. Then we just let their shooters get too much room to get their shots off.Once they started hitting threes, Nnemkadi was doing whatever she wanted to do, it was like we couldn't stop the bleeding."

(On the game)
"We let two players really, really have their way tonight. Toni Kokenis and Nnemkadi Ogwumike. They combined for 42 and 26 points, 68 of their 97. But we played well on the road, we had three good wins on this long trip. We have grown up a little bit. We have done some really good things. Unfortunately, we had to end this road trip at Stanford and they have an absolutely fantastic basketball team."

(On what the team will work on before the next game vs. ODU)
"We need to get back to the defensive end. I felt that against UCLA, we gave up too many points. Offensively, right now, we are shooting the ball pretty well. But, we have to get back to what made this Tennessee program great and that's defense and rebounding."

(On Alicia Manning's impact)
"She has done that many times. She just has that focus. She goes in and she plays within herself and does a great job for us."

(On playing Ariel Massengale late in the game)
"We have been watching her for the last couple of days. We weren't sure, playing in this environment, her first game back after being out for 10-12 days, we just wanted to be sure she was ready. We felt like we didn't have to put her in, but as the slippage kept going in the second half, we took our chances (playing her). In practice, she hasn't been full-go. So we were a little hesitant about putting her in."


SENIOR GUARD/FORWARD Shekinna Stricklen
(on Ogumike's performance)
"I give a lot of credit to Stanford, especially Nnemkadi Ogumike. She was tough on both ends of the court. She really showed that she inspires that team and that she's the leader of that team. She really stepped up big. She was a monster on the boards and everything she shot went in."

(on how to slow someone down like Ogumike)
"The only way you can slow someone down like that is to not let them touch the ball. She shot some tough shots and made some tough shots tonight."

(on what Tennessee needs to improve upon)
"This is a Final Four team right here. Stanford is a great team. We have to play better defense and rebound better. We didn't play on both sides until the end. We didn't defend very well and we didn't rebound the ball very well at all."

(on Christmas break)
"We're going to try to enjoy it, but focus on what we need to bring to this team. We need to focus coming back after Christmas break what we're going to work hard at and how we can get better. We have to stick together no matter what."

 

 

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