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Jan. 1, 2012

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Auburn Players

Camille Glymph, So., G.

On the first half shooting...

"Once I hit the first one, I just keep on shooting and they were falling for me."

On getting the momentum for the first half...

"Our defense started off pushing the tempo. We weren't going to try to slow it down, and I felt like we were pumping each other up. We felt like we had the momentum going into the half."

On the team's rebounding...

"Our offensive rebounding wasn't as good as we would have liked, and we needed to compete with their athleticism."

Tyrese Tanner, So., F.

On how the game got away from them...

"I think we just kept fouling and turning the ball over. We did unnecessary stuff that we didn't need to do. Instead of taking care of the ball, we just lost it towards the end."

On what Tennessee did that was so troublesome...

"They just spread out their defense better. They are all over 6-foot anyway, so wingspans were harder for us to see over. We should had just kept pushing at the sideline and kept on attacking."

On scouting Tennessee...

"When we scout, our main plan is to box them out. We knew Glory Johnson is a major threat on the boards. We needed to maintain her and that is something we didn't do. We saw them attacking and taking the ball out, we kind of took care of that. I believe our rebounding was the worst."

On regrouping for Alabama...

"We will just have to get back into the gym tomorrow, work hard, learn from this loss, and get ready for them on Thursday."

Tennessee Players

Shekinna Stricklen, Sr., G

On frustration with not having shots fall...

"I was so frustrated. I was so wide open with the shots I was taking, but I kept hitting the front of the rim. It's something I think I adjusted to in the second half. I think I should have attacked the basket a lot more."

On Tennessee's rebounding and free-throw shooting...

"That was big. That's really what won the game for us today. I think this was one of the best games we ever had shooting free throws, and we just need to keep it going."

More on free-throw shooting...

"I think (our performance today) showed that we were mentally focused. Free throws are really just focusing and putting it in."

Glory Johnson, Sr., F

On head coach Pat Summitt's locker room speech at halftime...

"Basically (she said) if we don't get it together, we're walking home. And that's a long walk. This isn't the way Tennessee plays. We know how to play, we're playing up to our own standards. When we're not rebounding, when we're not getting the ball inside, (when we're not) taking great shots instead of good shots, that's when we know the coaches need to stay on us."

On how this game compared to Tennessee's loss to Virginia earlier in the season...

"We try to focus on one team at a time and forget about the past. We can't change it. We focused on Auburn while we were playing Auburn, and now we'll focus on the next team."

On Auburn's ability to get by Tennessee's defenders...

"We should have been forcing them left a lot more than we were. If I'm a player and I'm right-handed and they're not stopping me from going right, then I'm going to keep going right. They definitely use their strength to their advantage, and that's something we should have cut off. We cut it off a little more in the second half, but it's something we should have been doing the whole game."

On Tennessee's improved defense in the second half...

"(In the first half), I know the communication was there. We lost a lot of energy when things weren't going our way. When they made their runs, we wouldn't stop them. They fed off our lack of energy. Halftime was huge. We had our coaches talking to us and supporting us, and we knew we weren't playing the Tennessee way. Going into the second half and playing as hard as we could, just having each other's back."

Auburn Head Coach Nell Fortner

Opening statement...

"Turnovers. Rebounding. Free throws. Tennessee didn't have to run much offense. They got 28 points off the free throws and 27 second-chance points. We made it pretty easy for them in the second half. That was disappointing. If we could just play 40 minutes like we play 20 minutes - that would be nice."

On similarities to UT-Virginia game...

"I just thought it was a good defense. That's one of our defenses, so it wasn't hard to do that. I thought Virginia was very effective with it, so we chose to play some of that tonight."

On what needs to happen to put together a full 40 minutes...

"When I figure that out, I'll be really happy. We started the half slow and in the first three minutes of the game they go up 10. That's tough to recover from. We had it cut to six at one point and we had a big defensive stop, but Alverson got the rebound, turned it over, then fouled and I thought it was downhill from there. It's like it just kind of got into our confidence or something. Tennessee is a very physical team. They are very hard to box out, they are a tremendous offensive rebounding team and we paid the price for it tonight."

On using 11 players in the first half...

"It's kind of typical really. We haven't had a lot of consistency this year, so I'm not sure who is going to break out on any given night. So you give them a chance. I've got to see who it's going to be. It might not be the best way to play, but it's just kind of what we've got this year."

On getting team ready for Alabama...

"We'll be ready. There is no doubt. We will have a good three days of practice to prepare for Alabama. There is not a whole lot of motivating you have to do for that game. It's such a big in-state rivalry. We'll get back at it and get ready to play."

On Jassany Williams on Sunday...

"She's steadily improving. Hopefully, we'll continue to get more out of her. She can just be a beast. She's a great jumper. She's strong. We just have to get more points out of her on that block when we can."

On Glymph's shooting...

"That was definitely a plus. If we can get that all the time, that would definitely help us. No doubt. We've got to become a better defensive rebounding team when you are playing against the size and aggression of Tennessee."

Tennessee Associate Head Coach Holly Warlick

Opening statement...

"I thought the first half for us, our offense affected our defense, and we missed a lot of easy layups. Then in turn, we didn't work hard on the defensive end. (Tennessee Head Coach) Pat (Summitt) had a pretty stern talk with them at halftime, and basically said they need to get their acts together or they'll be walking home, in those condensed words. I thought the second half we came out, played hard on the defensive end, got easy looks off of our turnovers, and that's what we need. We need to score off of our defense. It was a really high for us today. We shot in the 90s from the free throw line. We'd been working very hard on that. These two young ladies (Shekinna Stricklen and Glory Johnson), they don't give up. Shekinna struggled a little bit at the beginning with her shooting, but great players figure out a way to score. Both of these young ladies, I'm proud of them and how they played today."

On this game being similar to Tennessee's game at Virginia during the first half...

"I didn't even think about it. I was concerned with our team, and the whole staff was concerned with our team. We've moved on past Virginia. We've come a long way from there. I think we came out the second half and decided to play. We made a run in the first half, we just missed easy shots. We can't get ourselves in a situation like that again."

On the shot selection in the first half...

"I loved the shots we were getting. I thought Shekinna had great looks. I thought Glory had good looks. Vicki Baugh. They just weren't going down. It wasn't a matter of getting us in a position to have looks, we weren't scoring."

On Glory Johnson playing hard throughout the game...

"I never worry about Glory and her effort. It's always there, and that's a sign of a great player to me. Glory's our catalyst for our team as far as high energy, and I never worry about Glory giving energy. She's always going to do it. I've never seen a game that she doesn't have that type of energy. I don't ever have to ask Glory to bring it. She does it automatically."

On the importance of the 9-0 run to start the second half...

"I think (Auburn) went into halftime feeling good about themselves, and we were not very happy. In halftime, we talked about stepping our defense up and getting us opportunities to shoot layups off of our defense. I think that's what we did. We had a little spurt there where we got them turnovers, got shot layups and got and-one plays. That's going to be what we need to lay our hat on when the day's over, and when these young ladies understand that and are consistent with it, we're going to be a very good basketball team. We're just inconsistent right now, and those valleys, we have to straighten them out a little bit more."

On the effect of having Glory Johnson and Vicki Baugh inside...

"When they're both on, they're two difficult players to guard. I thought Vicki struggled at the beginning when she went in the first half, and I think when she settled down and went back in the second half, it was a totally different player, different person. Vicki and Glory play really well together, and they're two similar players. They're athletic. They play around the basket. They play above the rim. When they're both clicking, then our post game is playing really well."

On Auburn getting by Tennessee on the dribble...

"We should have been a lot better, and it was a concern for us. We've worked on it quite a bit."