Vanderbilt-Georgia postgame quotes

Jan. 14, 2010

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb

On holding Georgia to one basket in the last 10 minutes of the contest:
"I don't know what got us on this run. I'd like to say that it was just the fact that we had been up in games and executing better. No more looking at the scoreboard and playing like every possession matters. I called timeouts when we were up so they wouldn't relax when we were on defense. They had to play with that effort all game. We tended to relax when we had leads in the last few games and we had to play hard the whole way through."

On working to come back from two losses to unranked teams:
"You can't fix anything in two practices, but we had to be tougher, stronger, and not let people push us around."

On outrebounding Georgia:
"I told my team that we've had so many negative firsts and it was nice to outrebound an SEC for the first time and have a positive first. Our offensive rebounding tonight was great. We didn't get those against Mississippi State or Kentucky. Now, with an offensive rebound, we can kick out and hit a three, and that just ignites what we do. It psychologically gets the other team down. We have always been able to execute well at home and against Georgia, so it was a lot of positive imagery and visual reinforcement this week."

On increased role of freshmen:
"Our freshmen had 37 points. They have both played so much in practice and responded well, so they played well. It was obvious tonight that they were listening to what we were saying. You have to respond to our coaching in order to run our game. It's amazing how well the freshmen responded. They have to shoot the ball and not be hesitant and that was what was different about Gabby and Elan's game tonight. For Jessica Mooney, she was Ashley Hauts worst nightmare, defensively, and she really went lights out tonight and the teamwork was as good as it has ever been."

On Jence's injury:
"Jence will keep checking with the doctor, but it will probably be a while. It's a week-to-week thing, not a day-to-day."

On playing ranked opponents:
"I felt good going into this game because we didn't have any pressure on us. We had been playing tight and tonight we really played well. Lauren and Jence have both played through injuries and we really had a lot of our players step up tonight."

Vanderbilt guard Gabby Smith

On increased role:
"We worked so hard in practice this week and I just became confident, which kind of erases the jitters. For me, it's important to make the first shot. I just had to get myself going. I appreciate Coach Balcomb because everyone is going to get her chance and I got my chance tonight."

On control throughout the game:
"I feel like we had control from the tip. We were the more aggressive team all the way through."

Vanderbilt guard Jessica Mooney

On Jence's injury:
"We've talked about all the adversity we've gone through and we wanted to let Jence know that all the weight was not on her shoulders. We won this partially for her."

On defense:
"We wanted to make sure we took their main scorers out of it. We just wanted to get up and pressure them and play our style of play. This was one of the first games we did that."

On winning at home:
"It definitely helped being at home. Our home crowd is great and it will be good to build from this and take it into Knoxville. We won't take this win, Tennessee, or tonight lightly. We need to refocus towards Sunday."

Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers

On overall play:
"We turned it over, didn't rebound very well. Made some fundamental mistakes defensively. You're not going to win very many games missing open shots and not going inside and going to work."

On having a young team:
"You think it might and can happen to a young team, but this wasn't just about having young players. We were making fundamental mistakes."

On playing away in the SEC:
"It's tough to have an off night in this league, especially when you're away. We didn't bring the whole package and if you don't do that on the road, you're not going to win."

On Vanderbilt's missing Jence Rhoads:
"I was impressed by the way they played. They played very well, with or without any players."



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