Auburn vs. Missouri Post-Game Quotes

Feb. 16, 2014

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On the loss against Missouri...
"It was definitely a horrible job in the first half. You can't get down by 28 points and even give yourself a chance to win the basketball game. They didn't come out ready to play the first half."

On what the loss contributed to...
"I do not have any idea because it wasn't from us (coaches). We told them after the Vanderbilt game that that was a great job and we are happy for you all. We still got plenty of games to play. I said that you can't win big at Vanderbilt and then lose to Missouri. That doesn't look good at all. I just don't know why they would come out and look as bad as they did in the first half. I don't understand that at all."

On the first half...
"It was as bad as it could be. It's probably the ugliest that we've played since I've been here at Auburn."

On Auburn not defending the 3-point shots effectively...
"Missouri is a very good 3-point shooting team. I don't know why they would think that they weren't going to shoot the 3-point shots. That's who they are. It was miscommunication, and I think we put our heads down when we missed lay-ups and opportunities to score. If we didn't have the opportunities to score, that didn't give us the opportunities to set up defensively. "

On what changed in the second half...
"We scored. We let our defense make the offense force. That is what they have to understand. Our defense makes our offense. We just got to get a defensive stop, so that we can get an easy basket. Then we can set up the press again. That is what we were able to do in the second half."

On Tyrese Tanner's foul trouble and staying on the bench...
"That is getting old for Ty. We have told her 300 times that she has to stop getting in foul trouble. I don't know what else we can do about it. She has to sit with two (fouls) because she's not even smart enough not to get the second. So if you leave her out there with two fouls, she's going to get the third. Ty is a senior and she has got to play better than that."

On having the Final Four teams watching the game...
"I told them at halftime that this is embarrassing to those former players, former Olympians, and former All-Americans to sit and watch this. That's an embarrassment to have Auburn on. That was awful the way they played in the first half. I do not have a rhyme or reason for why they would come out and look like they did. It did not make sense."

On the halftime talk in the locker room...
"It was really not much. They saw that Missouri was hungrier than we were. Missouri wanted it more than we did. They were out-rebounding us. We haven't been out-rebounded that much in a long time. We ended up getting out-rebounded by 16 rebounds. Some of the best teams in the SEC haven't out-rebounded us by 16. Missouri just wanted it more than us, and that's what I told them at halftime. If you all go out here and play hard and fight back or you all are going to get blown out."


On reaction to loss...
"It's extremely tough, especially since we were trying to get to the 6-6 or .500 mark for the NCAA tournament and that's our ultimate goal right now. We are trying to get up in the rankings and this definitely knocked us back down. I know there probably were a lot of upsets today and this was definitely a game that needed to be won out of the last four games we are about to play."

On improvements rebounding in the second half...
"Our mentality as a whole team definitely changed as we went into the locker room. Us being down 7-0 in the first two minutes was unacceptable. We looked back on it and said we have got to pick this up. We were too far in and we had to play hard and want to actually go get the ball. They were beating us to every 50-50 ball so we definitely made a conscious effort to go after every ball after rebounds because we weren't going to the boards in the first half which is what killed us."

On what happened in the first half...
"Just a lack of focus. I don't think we were ready to play today. As a whole, we just weren't ready. We've got to move on from the Vanderbilt game, which is over and done with, and move to the next game and compete hard. I think we just didn't come ready to play the first half. It killed us and made us play catch up towards the second half. It was just too far."

On dwelling on Vanderbilt win...
"I don't think we were, but it looked like it. We had talks in the locker room about how if we lose this game, the previous game doesn't mean anything and how important it was. We need to guard the three-point line better, it's just unacceptable. Also, we got out-rebounded by a team we're taller and stronger than."

On seeing Missouri hit so many shots...
"It was kind of hard because it brought flashbacks from when we played them last year, at Missouri when they ended up getting the record on us. It's just tough. As [Coach Flo] said, they are going to make some threes but we can't let them make too many. Forty-two points in the first half is unacceptable. Our defense isn't taught like that. Only having 14 points on the other end, we weren't making layups and shots and we just needed our defense to get to our offense. We couldn't get in our press because we kept missing. That really hurt us in the first half, turning the ball over and trying to convert because we really got our points in transition. It just fell short for us."

On Alumni seeing this performance...
"It was pretty disappointing, especially in the first half. Them being here is a great honor. As a whole, I think we didn't think it was as important as it is. They're legacies. They are big time people and I just feel really bad how we showed how Auburn is since we wear Auburn. It's just disappointing."

On scoring improvement in the second half...
"I don't really have an explanation for that. During half time, we grouped and they talked to me. I was a new better person the second half. I just need to bring it both halves."


 
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Missouri's Head Coach Robin Pingeton
On today's win...
"First off, I'm going to start by saying Auburn has a great squad here. I just feel like Coach Flo does a tremendous job with these players and their pressure is as good as anybody in the league. Coming into this game off a bye week, we just talked about trying to exhale a little bit, regroup, fill our tanks back up and get refocused for these last five-game stretch. I felt like we shook up the line up a little bit and had a great week of practice. It just felt like we took the court with great focus and poise. Those are the same shots we missed in some other games. When you make them, you look pretty good. When you miss them, everyone wants to know what's wrong with the offense. The toughness that we came out with, I think it speaks volumes about our kids, their character and their integrity to continue to stay the course during this touch stretch we've been through in the SEC. I'm really proud of their resiliency."

 On today's start...
"It might have been our best start this season. It's right up there. We've had a couple games in the non-conference, but against the quality of play in Auburn, we knew it was going to be a tough game. Auburn was coming off of three quality wins. I would say in regards to conference play it was definitely our best start out of the gates."

On turnovers...
"I want to give a ton of credit to Auburn. I think they have a great team and do a great job. I do feel that part of it was their pressure. I think part of it was us being a young team that's gone through some challenging times in this stretch of the conference play. Maybe puckering up a little bit and playing not to lose versus playing to win, and just playing with that same poise and toughness. I think all of that plays into it a little bit. They had nothing to lose coming into that second half except to play aggressive and physical, and try to create things to happen. I felt that some of our turnovers we just got a little bit careless. Some of them were forced because of Auburn's athleticism and the physicality of what they bring to the table. It was a little bit of a combination of both."

On their play on the boards...
"As coaches, you always want a little bit more effort, but I did think we did a nice job on the boards. I feel like Tra'cee Tanner is just a ton inside. We just talked about the physical play and we really wanted to pack it in defensively. Sometimes you're in man, sometimes you in zone, but we did a great job at having discipline. I think every shot that went up we battled and tried to get a body."

On limiting Tyrese Tanner...
"She still ended up with 22 point on us. She's one heck of a player. She got in foul trouble and only played 12 minutes in the first half, so I certainly think that was part of it. She's a senior. Great players put the team on their back and say I'm going to find a way to get this done for us. I thought she did exactly that in the second half. We really talked about that at half time. We felt Hasina Muhammad and Tanner would try to take over the game for them. She's just a great player and makes great plays."