Women's Basketball
Vanderbilt-Missouri postgame quotes

Jan. 31, 2014

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Vanderbilt Coach Melanie Balcomb
On the struggles shooting...
"Well, we are a good shooting team and we had shots. Obviously, they played great defense and I always give the other team credit for what they do. We took shots that weren't really what we were normally doing. Again, credit to them for giving open looks to people who took them just because they were open. But we've been seeing that every night anyway. We didn't want to work hard enough to get the shot when they were going to make us work hard. This was a game of effort and focus, and they had both of those things and we did not."

On the Tigers' matchup zone defense...
"No, we are seeing the same thing a lot. You are trying to take Christina Foggie and Jas Lister out of it. They did a good job and stayed focused on that, and we left their shooters wide open, I mean all game. Tried three different defenses and they were still wide open. They just didn't make as many down the stretch. So that's what's disappointing; in the two games that we've beaten them since the series has started, we held them to an average 43 points. So I know you look at this and say, they only held us to 54 and that's why they won and shot so poorly. I'm as disappointed in our defensive execution. We've been able to really hold them down, and we were not able to do so. We were not focused on executing what we had worked on to take away their 3-point shots. Their post players that don't post up are scoring and are getting 13 points on us and people are making post moves on us and we are not defending it when that's not even what they do. So, we were disappointed on both ends. Missouri wanted this game and played very hard and played very focused, and that's why they won. They executed their game plan and we did not."

On the team's youth down the stretch and how it affected the final possession...
"A lot, and we didn't lose because of Marqu'es Webb. We needed a post player and we needed someone to step up, and she stepped up in the second half. So we went to her. But that's because she stepped up. She took charges, she wanted the ball in the paint, they couldn't guard in there. We just needed that all game. We didn't need to be down as far as we were down. That was the problem. We didn't play until the last 6 minutes or so, when we thought we had nothing to lose. So, we played not to lose instead of playing to win. And they were very hungry and played very hard. That's why you play these games. I've been on the other side a lot in the SEC. They just did to us what we do to a lot of people in the SEC. And that's a great job by Missouri. That says a lot about them as a team, them as individuals and their coach."

Mizzou Head Coach Robin Pingeton
Opening Statement...
"Appreciate you all coming out. I really appreciate all the fans coming out, it was a nice showing. I am proud of our players; I felt that our bench play was just outstanding tonight. Vandy is a really good team and I thought defensively we were spot on for 40 minutes. We had some silly ticky-tack fouls there at the end and we gave them a chance, but down the stretch we played with great toughness and it's a great win for us."

On snapping four-game losing streak...
"Here is the deal: you hear a couple of people talking out there saying `Gosh, you got over the hump finally' and I just do not see it that way. We talk so much about the process and I feel there have been so many great things that have happened in the last couple of weeks. We are so much better than what we were a year ago, but we are also playing some of the top teams in the country, some of the best teams in our league, so it is really important to keep things in perspective. A let down at Mississippi State when we picked quite a few fouls there in the second have and I did not do a very good job with my rotation against Mississippi State. We have too good of a bench for some of those kids to not be playing more than they are. With our staff we have blinders on. This team has blinders on and we are not going to allow ourselves to be evaluated strictly by the win-loss column. That is very important and we understand that. Nobody has higher expectations than me, our staff, and our players who have worked so hard to continue to build this program. They continue to stay the course, they continue to work hard, and they continue to have an unwavering belief in themselves and each other and the process. We knew it was just a matter of time until we get one of these to finally show up on the scoreboard."

On the high level of basketball being played tonight...
"I was really proud of our kids, we talked about nobody has to put this team on their back. Let's really stay committed to playing for each other, for playing for the name on the front of our jerseys. We played hard but we could play harder, we played smart but we could play smarter, and by-golly we played too good to not go out there and have some fun. Now you get into the second half and I think it is a little of a fragile time. We continued to stay the course; we talked about how you play to win, not not to lose. All of the sudden it is game time and they are cutting into our lead and we are not scoring quite as efficiently late in the game. We just try to continue to talk them through it in that time out, they talked themselves through it and we just stayed the course."

Mizzou Guard Morgan Stock
On holding off Vanderbilt's late run...
"They started going to their two main players. They carried their team on their back. We had some bad fouls. They went on a run, but we didn't let them get past us."

Mizzou Forward Kayla McDowell
On her performance in the win...
"I'm going to have an aggressive mentality, no matter how many minutes I have; whether it's five or 20, I'm going to do whatever the team needs me to do. My role tonight was to be aggressive, play great defense, and attack the basket."

On her 3-pointer late in the game...
"I had so much time that I was able to take a deep breath and shoot it and I told myself, `I'm going to make this for my team.'"

On the importance of team offense...
"That's one thing we really did well. We came into this game saying, "Just have fun and play." We're looking to get everyone open for shots."

On having any concern when Vanderbilt made a late run...
"I felt confident the whole time. We were playing the last plays of the game with three sophomores and two freshmen. We're young, but we kept our composure. I'm proud of our team for that."


 

 

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