Vanderbilt-South Carolina postgame quotes

Feb. 28, 2010

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South Carolina 73, #22/NR Vanderbilt 70
February 28, 2010 - Memorial Gymnasium
Postgame quotes
Attendance: 5,104

Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb

On defense:
“We were in the right place, but didn’t take anything away. We weren’t aggressive enough. We didn’t take passes away and we let them shoot the ball with our hands down. We were where we were supposed to be and we missed opportunities on both ends of the floor to put it away. We didn’t execute. We didn’t do what we needed to do. We were there but didn’t finish the play on either end of the floor.”

On Senior Day:
“It’s hard when you have seniors who have had good wins here, but they’re tremendous people and players and you have to think about all the good things. They’ve had tremendous careers. We didn’t finish plays and we didn’t finish this season the way we wanted it.”

On possibly missing first-round bye:
“Playing on Thursday is something we’ve done before. It makes it difficult, but we take things a day at a time. We’re just trying to get W’s at this point.”

On final shot:
“I liked the shot we got at the end. We didn’t check out or pinch the shooter. We didn’t make the 3-pointer or guarded hands down. We didn’t convert what we needed to convert down the stretch. We made a great run and put ourselves in a decent position.”

On Tuomi’s foul trouble:
“Hannah’s fouls definitely hurt us. She was playing well tonight and they were having trouble guarding us inside and it hurt to have her out that long.”

On Lauren Lueders:
“Lauren took it hard because she’s our emotional leader and wears her emotion on her sleeve. It’s not an easy role. Lauren has played out of position and started at guard and played post when players went down. She’s in a guard’s body and playing post, guarding someone like (Kelsey) Bone. No one cares like Lauren Lueders does and her emotions showed tonight.”

Vanderbilt guard Merideth Marsh

On loss before SEC tournament:
“Coach Tom said that this was our last game of the season and we can’t get it back. The sad thing about it is that if we lose, we’re done and we have to realize that no matter what, things aren’t just going to happen for us. We have to turn this into a positive. Get back at it, get back in the gym, and work on what we let slip away. I’m ready and looking forward to it.”

On final play:
“I got a good look and it felt good, but it’s just upsetting that a game like this, we didn’t fight back and that’s what it had to come down to: one shot…on Senior Day. We were in that position and what got us there was their outworking us and outhustled us. We didn’t bounce back.”

On Senior Day:
“It’s been great with these seniors. We’ve gone through a lot on and off the court and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I’m glad they’re by my side and I know I’ll have these three as friends for the rest of my life. No matter how many championships and rings we have under our belts, I wouldn’t change it or take it back.”

On possibility of playing four games in four days in SEC tournament:
“For any team, whether it’s the #1 team or the worst team, it’s mental and physical toughness to win four games in four days. Once again, it’s a challenge and we’re up for it. I hope we can look at this game as our season is not over and it depends on how we’re going to end the season. It’s up to us and no one can take it from us unless we let them. We have the heart to do it, so I’m excited about it.”

Vanderbilt guard Jessica Mooney

On Senior Day:
“We let people do exactly what they’re good at and any time that happens, you’re going to have a rough game and it’ll end in a loss. I’m in disbelief that we lost this game because it was completely our fault. Give South Carolina the credit. They came out to play. I’ve never been part of a Senior Day where the seniors didn’t win.”

On possibility of playing four games in four days in SEC tournament:
“I like the challenge because we can use this as motivation to come out and play. If we come out and play in the tournament and play like we did today, we’re losing in the first round. Maybe this is a blessing in disguise.”

Vanderbilt guard Lauren Lueders

On USC’s second half run:
“(I think it was) just mental lapses, defensively. We would score and come right back down and missed defensive opportunities.”

On loss:
“I’ve never been a part of a Senior Day that ended in a loss. I was more upset about the loss than Senior Day, but the combination made it worse.”

South Carolina Head Coach Dawn Staley

On first half:
“We just couldn’t get the ball to fall early in the game. We kept pushing through our shooting woes, and were able to play hard.”

On coming back from deficit:
“I liked our poise, but a team like Vanderbilt, they’re going to score some points. Our team hit shots down the stretch, especially our free throws. We got to the line a bit more than we have before. Kelsey (Bone) and Ieasia (Walker) had key free throws down the stretch.”



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