Dec. 15, 2010
Lady Vol Head Coach Pat Summitt Teleconference
Opening Statement... "I thought in our Texas game, we really did a good job. I thought we had really good guard play and post action. It was a good road win for us. Obviously, Baylor was more than we were able to handle. Brittney Griner - we got a little intimidated by her. We just didn't compete. Our guard play just was not solid. You have to have good guard play when you're on the road. That was very disappointing for us, hopefully we learn from it. I'm going back to work today. We need to be a better team before we play Stanford - they are very impressive."
On Stanford... "They look really good. The Ogwumike sisters look good, but Kayla Pederson is a key, too, as is Jeanette Pohlen. They just have some size and some depth. Tara VanDerveer has done a tremendous job with her team and she has a great coaching staff. (Associate Head Coach) Amy Tucker has been there with her for many years. They're well coached and well schooled. They bring athleticism and skill, so it is going to be a big test for us here at home. I'm just glad it is at home."
On Baylor Center Brittney Griner's improvement... "She has improved tremendously. (Baylor Head Coach) Kim Mulkey and (Baylor Assistant) Leon Barmore worked a lot with her. Her skill set is so much better now. She made a lot of shots. She uses the glass really well. With her size and now that she has refined her skill, she has got to be one of the - if not the - best post players in the country.
On the 65-54 loss at Baylor on Tuesday night... "They had their way with us. I was very disappointed that we didn't compete. We got a little shot happy. It was just very frustrating. It is a time to go back to work and we will watch tape today, and get ready for Stanford."
On the Lady Vols poor shot selection versus Baylor...
"Kamiko Williams wasn't in a good rhythm. We just tried to do too much. We had to have people knocking shots down. We got in a little bit of a panic mode and we were quick shooting the ball. That worked against us."
On Kamiko Williams' role with the team moving forward... "She's not going to be in the (starting lineup). She has a lesson to learn and rightfully so. I think Meighan Simmons is the best at the point position. She didn't play that well either but that environment and the crowd was a little overwhelming. I'm probably going to put (sophomore forward) Taber Spani in - we need more offense."
On what Stanford does that will give the Lady Vols trouble... "They have great size and great length. They do a really good job working together. They have great ball movement. It is going to be interesting to see if we can slow them down in transition. They do a great job of pushing the tempo. With their size, length, and skill set they're very skilled players. We are going to have to be efficient. We need our bigs to be healthy - Kelley Cain, and we played Alyssia Brewer a little bit last night. Vicki Baugh can make a difference. If we're healthy and we come in and compete, I think we can match up on the inside. That's a lot of if's, though. Brewer is a ways a way from (contributing at a high level). She is going to have to get more efficient. The injury definitely set her back."
On the team needing more ball movement... "I saw that throughout the game. The ball got stuck in players' hands. Obviously, Griner has such a great presence. She can block a lot of shots and it can be very intimidating. We weren't attacking the rim. When you don't make shots it can get ugly and that's what happened. I just didn't think we shot the ball with a lot of confidence. Griner is the most intimidating player probably in the country right now. As far as being able to take the ball out of the air and being able to swat it away, she is unique to the game."
On Stanford 6-foot-4 Stanford senior forward Kayla Pederson... "Kayla is right there (with Jayne Appel and Nnemkadi Ogwumike). There is no doubt. We have a lot of respect for her game. Stanford - they have a lot of balance. They play well together as a team. Their ball movement and player movement is like a well-oiled machine."