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Feb. 18, 2007

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Auburn Quotes

Georgia 62, Auburn 55

Sunday, February 18, 2007

 

Auburn Head Coach Nell Fortner

 

Opening Statement...

"We just couldn't quite generate enough offense today. I thought we played well enough defensively to win the ballgame, but we just didn't hit enough shots. I think we had good looks at the basket; we just didn't knock enough shots down offensively. Janese Hardrick was a real problem for us today, but I was actually pleased with the defense. I thought our pressure was good, I thought we did what we wanted to do defensively except for stopping Hardrick.

 

On losing so many close games...

"When you are making a run and you are closing the gap and then you miss something easy, it tends to take the wind out of your sails a little bit. For a young team, it's hard to get the wind back in the sails. That just proves to be real detrimental. We need a little more confidence in the late stages of a game when you are trying to make that run. When you knock down some shots, that gives you that confidence and we just couldn't quite do that in the last four minutes of the game.

 

On defending Hardrick...

"Well, I don't think we lost track of her. We weren't doubling on (Tasha) Humphrey, we were just showing a lot of help on her to keep the ball from going in there as much, but we are quick enough to recover back out. What was happening is we didn't recover out quick enough. You just can't take a break on the defensive end and I think at times, we were expending a lot of energy defensively pressuring the ball and there were times that it kept us from getting out quick enough on her (Hardrick), because the kid can shoot the three. She hurt us with that.

 

Sophomore Guard DeWanna Bonner

 

On having scoring droughts...

"Georgia went on a run and we fell back into the zone. We got a little soft on defense, but we can't let that happen. We still have to play aggressive in the zone. We played good pressure defense. This is the best defense I think that we have played this year. They went on a run and then we went on a run, they just got their runs late in the game. We need to get on the offensive boards more. We got great looks, our shots just didn't fall. The same thing happened to Georgia when we came back. Basketball is a game of runs. I think that when we played man, the momentum was going and everyone was feeling it. Then we had to slow it down to play zone and people got relaxed."

 

On guarding Ashley Houts...

"The purpose of me guarding her was our size difference. I made her work for everything by using my length. We worked on it at practice with me guarding Whitney (Boddie) and Tamela McCorvey, so I was ready for it. The game plan was to put pressure on the ball, and that is what we did."

 

Sophomore Guard Whitney Boddie

 

On frustration of getting close to win...

"That is the story of the season. I can't say that we have won many games when it comes down to the wires. I don't feel that anyone in the SEC is better than us, though our record doesn't show that. Nobody would believe that. Talent wise and ability wise, we can play with anyone in the league, we just don't finish games. I don't know if that is our poise, but we just aren't doing a good job of finishing games. We have two games left and we will pull those out, it is not an option."

 

Sophomore Guard Sherell Hobbs

 

On her game...

"Coach was stressing before the game and at halftime to know that the ball is going to go in. I was shooting with confidence. The last four or five games I haven't been shooting the ball with confidence. Today I was going to focus on having confidence when shooting the ball."

 

On Janese Hardrick...

"She was extremely quick. We were concentrating so much on (Tasha) Humphrey that we were leaving her open for the three. She seemed sick on the court, but I guess that didn't matter. She just had a good night."

 

 

Georgia Quotes

 

Head coach Andy Landers

 

On the turnovers early in the game...

"Credit Auburn for getting after us some, and fault us for not handling the ball in the situations better.  We had way too many turnovers in the first half."

 

On Janese Hardick...

"I thought she was very good on defensive rebounds.  What it did was when she rebounded the ball, pushed it and put us in a transition situation.  We hadn't been in that all night.  She was the one who basically ran us down the floor, which was another positive and a benefit of her having rebounded.  She hit some awfully big shots in the first half as I recall, and in the second half and all the free throws coming down the stretch."

 

On making their free throws at the end of the game...

"That's what you are supposed to do.  Hardick has been excellent there for four years.  She doesn't miss many, and she misses even fewer in tight score situations such as today."

 

On his team coming together today...

"We didn't fold today.  I think we got behind in the second half, and some in the first half.  We just kind of fight and scratch until we come up with a couple of plays, it seems.  That gives us a little momentum and allows us to play it out a little bit further.  Today was tough because they are so big and so athletic.  They are quicker than we are, so it made it tougher on us.  We knew it coming in, and I think our kids understood that we did what we had to do today to get a win."

 

Senior Guard Janese Hardick

 

On the game...

"Defensively we did a good job, and we knew it was going to be a tough job. We turned the ball over 11 times in the first half.  We got it together in second half, and didn't take them for granted. We knew it was going to be a tough game."

 

Junior Forward Tasha Humphrey

 

On playing against Auburn's size...

"It was physical as I expected it to be.  We had a lot of weaknesses at the beginning of the season, but we got them under control and taken care of.  We have been playing good ball recently.  I am confident with where the team is, and with our ability to do what we have to do."