Auburn vs. Kentucky Post-Game Quotes
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Jan. 19, 2014

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Auburn, Ala. | Auburn Arena

Auburn Head Coach Terri Williams-Fournoy

On the game...

"The opportunity was there. We played hard. Sometimes we just didn't do everything that we needed to do like rebounding the basketball on the defensive end."

On last possession...

"They got too many offensive possessions. At that point you have to box out and get that defensive rebound to even give yourself a chance. That was hurting us in some possessions. Kentucky is a very good offensive rebounding team. It doesn't take a whole lot of skill, but it really takes a whole lot of effort. We just didn't box out. We weren't as sharp as we weren't ready to shoot sometimes. There are so many aspects of the game you can look at, but it is that one possession that stands out the most."

On Kentucky's last missed free throws...

"We just wanted to get up the floor. We knew if they made the free throw we needed a 3, and if they missed we just needed to get the ball up the floor and just attack the basket or take whatever shot that we had. Ty (Tyrese Tanner) was trying to. I thought she got fouled a little bit because she couldn't make the pass up the floor like she needed to. But we gave the game away before that with those three offensive rebounds and that last defensive possession."

On powerful players on the floor...

"We had to go big once Hasina Muhammad couldn't play. We would have had three freshmen out there if we didn't go with our bigs. It was great for Peyton Davis, being a senior to step in and take that starting position that we needed to fill."

On playing without Hasina...

"They really did play strong without her. I thought that we executed the game plan. We wanted to get the ball inside and we did. Tra'cee played 17 minutes and had 15 points. Just imagine what she could have done if she could have been able to stay in the game without fouling out. But I am very proud of them. When you have to deal with a change in losing your starter, it's hard and I really applaud them for doing what we needed them to do."

On Tra'cee in foul trouble...

"It's frustrating. Granted she is only a sophomore, but you have to understand your foul situation and you have to be aware of the game and what is happening. You can't get that foul."

On Tyrese Tanner...

"She put it on her shoulders and said come on guys. And that is exactly what she did. She didn't stop and she was tired. It's tough for Tyrese to play 39 minutes. She did a lot for us. She needed just one more player to just help her a little bit."

Auburn Wing Tyrese Tanner

On the 28-point career high...

"I just attacked the basket. Coach Flo told us these past two days that we have to attack. They can't guard us on penetration and that we have to get inside to our posts. They can't guard our posts. It worked really well especially in the first half because they had to take off their press and their man, and play us in zone. I've never really seen them play zone. I think that was an advantage we had. I think we just should have attacked a little more in the zone."

On what happened on the last possession...

"Number 23 (Samarie Walker) tipped the ball while I was trying to dribble and I was trying to pass it up to Katie because I saw she was open, but my pass was too high. I probably should have kept it. I saw she was wide open, but it just didn't get there."

On the defense...

"It also started with the one-on-one containment from our guards. When they penetrate and we get beat, then we have to force the post players to step up and they got those fouls by that. I just think if we did our job early at the top, they wouldn't have had as many fouls as they did this game."

Auburn Center Peyton Davis

On the last possession...

"It should have never come to that. We gave up three offensive rebounds before that. The last possession didn't have anything to do with it. It was the fact that we gave up three rebounds."

On the frustration of playing in foul trouble...

"It was pretty tough. I can't be mad at the referees for calling it. They were just ticky-tack fouls. One time I tried to back off the girl and she called it. I think she just saw me try to back off of her. We just got to learn that if we're going to foul we need to be aggressive and not pick up those little ticky-tack fouls. That just put them on the line, and put them in the bonus with 14 minutes left in the second half. We can't do that."

On the goal of establishing a presence inside for the start of the game...

"Yes it was. Like Tye said, their post can't guard us if we go hard. If we just try to get in there and go timid in the basket, they will block it all day. If we go at them, they can't guard it. I think we did our job. We just couldn't stay in the game long enough with the foul situation."

On the defense going too hard...

"I honestly don't know. Sometimes you have those games where you can't really do anything without picking up the foul. (Tra'Cee Tanner) got one just trying to reach in, and we can't do that."

On offensive rebounds...

"Same thing for offensive rebounds, because I missed one and (Tra'Cee Tanner) picked up her fourth. So that was my fault that she got her fourth."

Kentucky Head Coach Matthew Mitchell

On tonight's game...

"I really want to compliment Auburn, they played a really tough game and made it real hard on us to win the game. We had to make some big plays to get the victory. To come on the road against a really good team that's motivated to win and plays hard, these are difficult games to win."

On Kentucky's defense ...

"We just couldn't get much done on our man-to-man defense today which was disappointing. It has really been the hallmark of our program. I think we are a better man-to-man defensive team than we showed today, but Auburn made us look bad and played some really good offense. We were able to climb back in it with a tough 2-3 zone, which actually did a good job of containing their offense a little bit better. Thank goodness the players hustled and worked hard."

On the Auburn / Kentucky match-up inside...

"I thought our players played really tough and physical and I thought Auburn did as well. We really failed to cash in at the free throw line today and that's been a real problem for us and I can't explain it. We are good shooters, we are good free throw shooters and we are just struggling there. I don't think we made them pay for the fouls and the foul trouble. Both teams had to play with some non-traditional lineups and some people that they usually could count on. Hasina (Muhammad) didn't get to play for Auburn. I'm sure that is a huge loss for them and so I'm just really happy that we found a way to win, but it was tough."

Kentucky Guard Jennifer O'Neill

On intensity of the game...

"We knew coming to Auburn it was going to be a tough game. They had the crowd in their favor. We just had to play together and stick together."

Kentucky Guard Linnae Harper

On intensity of the game...

"We also just had to be very intense on defense and most importantly rebounding and boxing out. I think that was the key for this game, and that really helped us at the end. The two huge rebounds at the end really helped us too."