Postgame Quotes: Auburn vs. Alabama

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Feb. 23, 2012

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Auburn vs. Alabama
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Auburn Arena

Auburn Head Coach Nell Fortner

Opening statement...
"It's a nice way to end my coaching (career) here at Auburn, playing Alabama and going out with that one. You know when you're an Auburn coach, playing Alabama is a big game. That one felt good. I thought we just played for 40 minutes, and it was good to do that. If this team starts kind of riding that wave a little bit, let's see what we can do. It was a good night. We shot the ball, and the defense was good. It was nice to see that happen for these players."

On if she could tell before the game that the team was ready for the game...
"You can't tell. You might think they are, and then they go out, and they're terrible. And then you might think they aren't ready and they go out (and play well). There's no magic look or feeling really, but I'm really proud of them, and I'm happy for them, because these kids work hard every day and it's nice to see that reward tonight."

On the half-court trap...
"I thought that was just really effective in the first half. I thought that really got the ballgame tilted our way. Nineteen turnovers for them in the first half, and we turned the turnovers into points too. It wasn't just the turnovers. At LSU, we forced 24 turnovers, but didn't turn them into points. That was important for us tonight. I thought the trapping was effective. We felt like it could be, and they really did a good job with it."

On if there was a different feel going into this game having resigned this week...
"Really not. It's a game, and you get ready to play the game. Everything else, you don't really think about it. Once you're out there on that floor and playing, you're just playing."

On how long it had been since she subbed everyone with 11 minutes left...
"I don't know if I've ever done that. That might be a first. It was good to get kids on the floor and get them playing time and still wanting to execute well. It's not like we got sloppy. That was the other good thing about it. We did not get sloppy. That can happen when you get some separation in the score like that, but these kids really stayed focused and were playing for something more than just today, so that was good."

On if it was Tyrese Tanner's best game...
"Oh gosh, absolutely. Her other best game was up in Tuscaloosa. Her and (Najat Ouardad) both, and here they are. There must be something about this game for them. I thought they both had nice games. Blanche (Alverson) and Camille (Glymph)'s three - the three for the women is like a dunk in the men's game, so when they're hitting those three's, it gets everybody excited."

On the team playing well getting close to the SEC Tournament...
"It's great, and this is what you want. You want that to happen, and let's hope we can do it again on Sunday and then go see what we can do in that tournament."

Alabama Head Coach Wendell Hudson

Opening statement...
"I thought Auburn got off to a really good start and played the way they needed to play and took us out of some of the things we needed to do. They took us out of everything we needed to do, especially in the first five minutes of the basketball game and we never recovered from that. I thought they played hard and played well, and we didn't play as well and didn't handle-especially-the half-court trap very well. When you don't handle the half-court trap very well, they score on every possession. I thought they really did a good job."

On having 29 turnovers ...
"That is probably the most turnovers we have had in a long time. It was 29 turnovers and I just didn't think we did a very good job of handling the pressure. We didn't meet the passes, you know, we kind of waited on passes instead of meeting passes. Auburn had a lot to do with it in their half-court trap. They did a good job of taking us out of what we wanted to do and then we started making what I would call "hope passes" and they did a good job of intercepting those "hope passes."

Auburn Players

Blanche Alverson, Jr., G/F.

On the different feelings going into this game...
"There definitely was. It's Alabama, and we've been wanting this game all year. Auburn always looks forward to playing Alabama, and then with the events this week, we really wanted to go out and win this one for Coach Fortner. She's so passionate about Auburn, and we just wanted to win it for her, and I'd say we did a pretty good job of that today."

On Tyrese...
"I'll say this about Ty though, every Alabama game she steps up to the plate and plays her butt off. She definitely came to play today, and we needed that spark to start the game, so it was great."

On continuing to making something out of this season...
"I think it does give us confidence. We're looking forward to our last home game and our last regular season game, and then we want to make a spark in the conference tournament. We really feel like this tournament is up for grabs. Anyone can beat anyone on any given day, so we feel like we can really come in and mess some things up."

Tyrese Tanner, So., F.

On her aggression...
"They are big rivals, so there was a lot of trash talking from the beginning, and we needed to show if we were really tough or not. We came out ready to play and focused."