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Jan. 31, 2013

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Auburn vs. LSU
January 31, 2013
Auburn Arena

Tyrese Tanner, Jr., F

On getting open jump shots...

"We just have to run harder in transition and pushing the ball faster. We didn't run hard tonight. Our wings didn't get down in transition. We had to force a lot of jump shots. We aren't used to teams playing the 2-3 matchup zone the whole game. It forced us to take jump shots."

On if Najat Ouardad struggled with the zone...

"Yeah just a little. I think we just need to help her more and get open."

On what LSU did to slow down Auburn's transition...

"Nothing. It is pretty upsetting that I kept missing layups. I just have to do better."

On what the last second play was supposed to be...

"Hasina (Muhammad) and I were supposed to screen for Blanche (Alverson) to get a three. That was the plan, but we turned it over."

Hasina Muhammad, So., G

On five-straight losses...

"It is frustrating, but there is always a chance to bounce back. We have another chance on Sunday. That is all we have to look forward to. We can't look back at the past. We just lost, but it is over and done with so it is on to the next game."

On what the team needs to do to break the losing streak...

"We have to regain our focus. We keep making the same mistakes over and over again. We have to improve."

On not converting on the chances late in the game...

"It is frustrating. Every loss is frustrating."

On playing with her hometown friend Danielle Ballard...

"Danielle and I have been teammates since we were 11 years old. I hadn't seen her in a while. It is always nice to get to see your old teammates and play against them. Once you get to this level, you never know if you will get to play them again. I am glad both of us made it to the SEC and both are doing good things."

Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy

Opening statement...
"When you look at the stat sheet, we did a lot of really good things. We forced them into 25 turnovers. We had 16 steals. We just didn't do enough at certain times of the game to finish out to win the game."

On their offensive problems...
"They're in a two-three zone. They got back and transitioned pretty good. We got a few layups when we pushed it ahead and everything. I really think it's hard for Najat to see. Their guards are tall. They have big guards, so a few times we were able to get open and transition, but they're in the two-three zone. Two-three zone is designed to force you to take outside shots. I did think we did a pretty good job. We got 32 points in the paint. So, we got shots inside."

On Najat Ouardad and the final possession...
"She was struggling a little bit. The design wasn't to throw the ball away. It's a play that we run all the time. She had to get the ball into the post so we could run the rest of the play."

On Blanche Alverson...
"In that two-three matchup they just weren't guarding people. They guarded Hasina (Muhammad) and they guarded Blanche. It was almost a triangle-two, just in a two-three matchup type zone. In those situations, as we talked about, you just have to step up and shoot the ball. You have to shoot the ball with confidence, because we have a few kids that just weren't being guarded at all. Blanche is really the only 3-point shooter on your team, so of course they're going to try to take her out and always cheating towards her."

On the final minute...
"It's very frustrating. The game is right there. The game is right there for you to win. At that point young ladies have to learn how to have a will to win. They have to do everything, at that point, that it takes to win the basketball game and they will. They have no other choice but to learn to do that. They just have to get one of those games where they'll actually do it so that they can feel confident enough to do it every game."

On the losses...
"Everyone wants to talk about what to do to get back where we were. A lot of time we talked about our wins, but we also talked about how our competition was going to increase. We were making some mistakes and we need to stop making those mistakes, because competition is going to get better. They're going to get points off of those mistakes where you forget to slide now against a bad team and against these better teams they're going to be open. There really isn't anything that we have to do that we aren't doing. We still forced LSU into 25 turnovers. Now it's a matter of converting those turnovers and not turning the ball back over again.

On the mood of the team...
"The mood is that we want to win. That's pretty much what it is. They're practicing hard every day and they're trying to. It's not a lack of effort. As you saw today, they're trying. They're really hard. They're not giving up. They're doing everything that they need to do to try to win the basketball game."

LSU Head Coach Nikki Caldwell

On the difference in tonight's game compared to some of the previous losses...

"We talked about where we are as far as in the midst of the season that we have nine regular season games and one guaranteed SEC Tournament game. We said that this was a new beginning for us. Everything that has led up to this point is what it is, but we can make a difference and make a change immediately in our future by staying true to our philosophy and making sure that we're great teammates on the floor at all times, making sure that we come up with the hustle plays that don't necessarily show up in a box score. We talked about that. Tight huddles, all the intangibles of the game, we really wanted to focus in on that, and that made a difference for us tonight."

On if the close loss to Kentucky last Sunday gave the team a spark to rebound from some of the losses...

"I think it started with South Carolina, even though that was a road loss for us. I definitely felt the difference in our competitiveness. We were able to get a win over Vanderbilt. Going to Kentucky, that was definitely a tough environment, but we had been somewhat successful against a very good opponent in South Carolina, although we didn't come away with the win. We understand and we know that we can play with some of the best teams in the country, we just hadn't come to the realization and believed that we could beat some of the best teams in the country."

On Najat Ouardad and what the zone did defensively to slow her down...

"We tried to screen it. We tried a quick reversal. We tried to go down the sideline. We just mixed up different things and there were times when we got some good looks, but they made us work for everything. Their matchup, or there 1-2-2 is about as good as we've seen or had to go up against. One thing about our kids, when we have an opportunity to break somebody down, we definitely try to find the kid with the hot hand. Adrienne Webb tonight really stepped up big for us and made some big plays."

On giving up turnovers but not as many points in transition...

"WE turned the ball over quite a bit. We're used to that. We talk about the hustle play; making sure that turnover doesn't lead to a basket. I thought Kenny had a great hustle play that could've been an easy two points for them, and Danielle Ballard was able to come up with the rebound. I thought that could've been a critical time for them to go ahead, and then we were able to throw the ball long to Theresa Plaisance, who obviously didn't cross half court, and we were able to get a layup. I thought that was a big play for us as well. They do a good job. We watched them. We scouted them of turning people over with their long, length players. They've been able to capitalize on it, but our hustle play afterwards, I thought was the difference."

Adrienne Webb, Sr., G

On returning to her home state and her mindset going into the game...

"It's always a great feeling to come home and play in front of your friends and family that either live close by or attend the school. It's always great to do that. My mindset coming into this game was we have to get a road win. We have to step out of our comfort zone and we can't just have wins at home during SEC play. You have to win on the road. Today it was really stepping out of myself and getting this road win for the team."

On her goals for the rest of the season...

"I just want to continue this path of winning the rest of the season, and we'll see where that takes me from there."

On keeping Auburn out of transition and how much of a key focus that was...

"Well we knew it was one of their primary things that they like to do. We have been practicing and practicing trying to take them out of their transition so we can get them in their half-court sets."

On turning the ball over 25 times...

"Even though we turned the ball over, we turned (Auburn) over. I guess it kind of evened out, but we have to do a better job of taking care of the ball. We'll probably work that in with practice getting in those situations, but getting out of the situations by not being impatient or just letting the defense fluster us. We have to be calm. You have to find the best option."

On cutting down on Najat Ouardad's play...

"We knew she was fast, and we knew that if she got by one defender, she was either going to draw another one for a dish or for a floater in the paint. To limit that, if she got by us, you had to sprint on back to try to cut her off to prevent her from turning that corner and making someone else have to step up and leaving somebody open on the block. We worked with some of our guys that come in, and they really gave us an example of how she would turn the corner, and that really helped us pick up our defense and try and keep her from creating other offense for them."