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VU/UK Post-Game Quotes

Feb. 1, 2007

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Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb

"It was a very hard-fought game by both teams. I heard it was fun to watch. From my perspective, it is not fun to be in games this close. Both teams played well and took care of the basketball. It was a clean game, which probably is why it was a good game."

On what she said to her team during the last time-out...
"I was debating about which play to run. I did not know whether to go high-low with Christina [Wirth] and Carla [Thomas] or to drive to the basket with Dee [Davis]. The less passes we would have to make, the better. The post players did not have their best night. I had a lot of confidence in Dee. Every time she drove during the game, she either scored or got fouled."

On Kentucky's 10-0 run late in the second half...
"I thought Kentucky was being more aggressive and attacking more. I have a really good team this season, and I have not had to get on them very much. I got on them in the second half and things changed. They take care of themselves. They know when the pace of the game is changing."

On the difficulty of the SEC this year...
"Last week, we were down by one to a Tennessee team that is ranked fourth in the country. We felt like we were in that game. From top to bottom, this is the best conference as far as parity. Anybody can beat anybody on any given night."

#10 Dee Davis- Guard

On the last seven seconds of the game...
"It all happened so fast. They scored and they were pumped. We knew we had to win this game. I knew that when we came down the court that the ball was coming to me."

Kentucky Head Coach Mickie DeMoss

Opening statement ...
"I thought it was a hard-fought game. I am very proud of my team. It just went down to the last play there at the end and she hit a big shot with one second left on the clock. But I am very proud of the way we fought. We answered their runs, we had some big defensive plays and it is just a shame that somebody had to lose that game."

On some tough breaks in close games ...
"I think that is what we keep thinking and that is what athletics is about. It just drives you to keep digging deeper. It tests your resilience, it tests your determination and we talked to our team about how we are being tested right now. We just have to keep driving forward and know that we did some great things tonight and feel proud of some things we did and know that we still have six games left."

On Nastassia Alcius and Jennifer Humphery's senior leadership ...
"I was very proud of these two. They both pounded the boards. I was real proud of Nastassia's [Alcius] defense, she was tough, got some steals and hit some shots. Lanky was tough down on the block, going to get the ball. These two young ladies know that their time is running out. They do not have many more months to put that Kentucky jersey on. That is what seniors do and I am glad to see these two doing it."

On who she thought was going to take the last Vanderbilt shot ...
"We didn't know. We thought they may try to go inside to [Carla] Thomas. They had been going inside to Thomas a lot, trying to get to the free throw line. I really didn't think Davis would take that shot - she was 1-for-6 on the night but the clock was running down and they didn't have a lot of time for a lot of different options. She just had to get it and go."

On the parity in the SEC ...
"In the middle of the pack it is just anybody's game on any given night. That is where we are log jammed. February is a time for teams to separate themselves from the middle and that is what we are trying to do. There is a lot of parody. I think I heard that Georgia beat LSU tonight. Any given night, anybody can be beaten. Tennessee is the only team left that is undefeated right now."

On the resilience of her team ...
"I think this team all year has never panicked. We would get down but I don't think we ever think it is over or that we would try to get it back on one play. We don't panic. These players just need to keep believing that we are in the game, that we are going to win the game. I think tonight we really believed that it wasn't a sense of false hope, it was a belief and that is what you have to have. You are not beat when you get knocked down. You are beat if you stay down and we are not going to stay down. We are going to get back up and get laced up for the next game."

#32 Jennifer Humphrey

On what Kentucky needs to do to get ready for its next game...
"We just have to go to practice, get ready, get on the court and leave it all on the floor. Time is running out for us and we have to play every game like it's our last."

On what the team has to do in order to get back on the winning track...
"We need to stay together as a team. We have to keep motivating each other and remember that it's not always going to be like this. We're going to come out on the winning end."

#10 Nastassia Alcius

On playing a close game and coming out with a loss...
"We played as a team and gave a great effort. Unfortunately, the win was not on our side."


 

 

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