Auburn Post-Game Quotes vs. Georgia

Feb. 23, 2014 

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On today's win ...
"We still missed lay-ups and some box outs, but biggest thing was they didn't let it knock them down. They did not let it control both ends of the floor. After they missed the lay-out, it wasn't now they go down and score. I think we got some stops, when we needed to get some stops."

On Hasina Muhammad...
"Hasina Muhammad, at 50%, is sometimes better than not having her on the floor at all. She is just so long down there. We have seen her come out of nowhere and block the 3-point shots. I actually think she is starting to learn how to fight through (the pain) a little bit more. She is hurting, but she just wants this for her seniors. She loves Tyrese Tanner and Peyton Davis to death. She has been with them the longest. She is trying to give everything she can to help them."

On Tyrese Tanner's foul trouble...
"I have no idea how she gets in foul trouble. Even if she wasn't a senior I would not want her sitting on the bench.  She is our go-to player. It has gotten to a point where mums the word. Even this time when she got her first foul we took her out. We've tried just about every strategy that we can. The thing that saved us was that she came back in the second half and played extremely well."

On Brandy Montgomery's game ...
"I think Brandy Montgomery really helped us. It is like during the Vanderbilt game, when Tyrese Tanner went out. Brandy Montgomery and Peyton Davis stepped up to help especially with the scoring. I thought she did a great job. I thought she had some open shots that she probably should have hit. I don't think she thought that she would be that open. But she hit some really big shots for us and it got us through the first half."

On defense wins games...
"We forced them into 24 turnovers, and we get 34 points off of it. Those are 24 possessions that we are taking away from them. That is what we try to get our girls to understand, not so much of just turning them over and scoring from it. It's 24 possessions that were taken from them."

On post season...
"I don't know. We got two more games to win. That is our focus right now. It started with three with Georgia, now we are down to two. Then we will worry about that."

On Georgia's three-point shooting ...
"We finally defended on the 3-point line. They came into the game with all three of their guards shooting the ball really well. We decided we just were not going to let the 3 beat us. We know we can't go 3 for 3, but we can go 2 for 2. We really talked a lot about this. I don't care if you run or fly at them, but they just can't stand there and shoot the three, without some kind of contest."

On free throw line...
"We did well for only going to the free throw line one time during the first half. At this point right now when you are trying to win basketball games, you have got to use every opportunity and advantage. They fouled us and put us on the free throw line. We really wanted to take advantage of making the free throws. We are not that great of a free throw shooting team. It was very good for us tonight to step up and knock those down. But those were 24 points that we needed from the free throw line."

On Kiani Parker's defensive play ...
"For them it is the defensive effort. Defense is just giving everything that you have. For Kiani Parker we know that she is not that great of an offensive player or a shooter. On the defensive end, you have all the control. I thought she did really good job of holding down the middle and going after some steals for us to get her five steals."

On the defensive stops late in the game...
"I just knew we needed some defensive stops. We needed three to win. It really just came down to heart. Everybody did their part and defended well. When it came down to me, I just had to go for it."

On saving energy offensively to focus defensively...
"I won't say that I'm trying to save it. I know that Coach Flo's philosophy is defense. That is where everyone is giving a 100 percent effort. That is where I have to give my effort. It's senior night; so I know we were not losing on senior night. I'm also glad Tye (Tyrese Tanner) came through for us. She does a great job when she stays out of foul trouble."

On the difference of this game defensively...
"Everybody wanted it today. Everybody was on the same page and everybody was in the right rotation. We tried to keep the ball out of the goal and we were trying to get the steal. We just played with heart." 

On seeing the struggle during the first half on the bench...
"It was hard. You always want to be out there for your team and be able to help them. I am proud of how they held the lead. We were only down by one at halftime and I think the underclassmen really stepped up. During the second half, I just had to make up my loss of time for the first half."

On scoring the ball and defensive play during the second half...
"Defensive always wins games and we can convert it to our offense. If we don't play defensively then we can't play offensively. In this game, we really stepped it up with our steals, our press, and our forcing them to turn it over. We just attacked the basket and went hard in the second half."

On the freshman stepping up for senior night...
"Brandy Montgomery did a great job for us tonight. She made her 3-pointers. She made her lay-ups. She was on top of the press and getting the steals as well. She made her free throws at the free throw line until the end. She has to play like that every game and we need her to play like that. In this game, her defense actually made her offense good. Usually she doesn't play good if her defense isn't good. This game she stepped it up. Everybody stepped it up. Kiani Parker had 5 steals and 4 blocks. The defense really just proved that our defense wins games."

On how important making the free-throws are...
"We shot a hundred free throws during practice yesterday. That got us warmed up for today at the line. The coaches emphasized free-throws a lot last year. When we played at Georgia, we were 3-for-15 on the line. It was just our focus that we knocked them down this game. For us being 24-for-31 this game, that is pretty good."   


 
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Georgia's head coach Andy Landers

 On the first half...
"Auburn was playing without their best player (Tyrese Tanner) in the first half, and I thought they did a really good job.  When Tyrese Tanner came back in the second half, she was terrific.  We didn't have anyone who could guard her.  Auburn played the way Auburn wanted to play.  Georgia didn't play the way their coach wanted them to play.  Our decision-making was very poor.  It resulted in 24 turnovers.  We fouled and put them on the line 31 times, and I think they scored 24 points.  That's unbelievable."