Postgame Quotes vs. UAB
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March 20, 2013

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Auburn vs. UAB
March 20, 2013
WNIT First Round
Auburn, Ala. - Auburn Arena

Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy

Opening statement...

"It was definitely a better second half than the first half, but that's really to be expected having had a week off for spring break. They still had a little sand in between their toes and in their ears and everything else, but I thought they really came back in the second half and just played with a lot of intensity and great effort, especially in our press."

On Tyrese Tanner's performance...

"Tyrese was awesome, wasn't she? She was just all over the floor. She led us in our press. When Ty is so active at the top of the press, it's hard to pass over the top of her. She causes a lot of havoc up there. Offensively, in the half court, I thought she did a really good job of attacking the basket and using her height to shoot over the top of the smaller guards."

On if she thought it was a bigger game for Tanner because she's from Birmingham...

"Maybe so. It should've been. Maybe we should play more teams from Birmingham if we can get 29 points from Ty."

On what happened after UAB cut Auburn's lead to three points in the second half...

"I think that was kind of a wake-up call because I told them at halftime when they had cut it to five right there going into halftime, this was a team that had played well throughout their conference and was a very good team. Anytime they can make a run on us if we continued to play as bad as we did. At this stage right now in the game, it's one and done. Everybody that's wishing you can get a break and you're tired and all of this, you're about to get it if you don't play better. I think when they cut it to that three, I think it kind of woke up like, `Wait a minute. If we don't start playing better, we're going to be done.'"

On if she felt like that was the best second half they'd played this season...

"I think so. It's funny, it didn't feel like we had scored 53 points. I knew we had scored a lot of points. I didn't think it was 53 points. I thought Ty had done a really good job, and we had done a good job of getting some really easy buckets."

On scoring inside...

"I thought they still did a very good job of doubling us inside a few times. We had some turnovers, but I thought when they figured it out and we told them they had to turn baseline because the help was coming, we did a much better job there. I thought Peyton (Davis) did a great job just getting on the offensive boards for us inside, as well."

On the team's plans for preparing for the next game or watching tomorrow night's game...

"We'll probably just pay attention to it. If we can watch it on the computer, we will. Right now, we'll just figure it out from there. Both of the coaches that had the scouts, they have them ready to help prepare us for the next game."

#32 Tyrese Tanner, Jr., F

On getting things going...

"I felt that all of us were sloppy during the first half in executing our plays. We had a talk during halftime and I think we executed pretty well and had open shots."

On her transition basket, steal and basket in the second half...

"That was pretty cool. I was just looking to drive the ball to the basket. I saw Hasina Muhammad in my peripheral vision, so we passed it back and forth. Coach Flo told us to up the pressure and also UAB was talking a little smack. I think our intensity level and wanting to get the ball back was pretty good."

On playing against a Birmingham team...

"It's not pressure, but we have a little more hunger to beat an in-state team."

On her career high...

"I don't really think about points as much as wanting to win."

# 14 Blance Alverson, Sr., G/F

On waking up in the second half...

"Coming back from a break, we look like we had been on break. I think our first half was really sloppy and I think that's one thing we wanted to change. They got the first bucket of the second half, but we didn't let that affect us, we just kept doing what we do and tried to be more sharp the second half and get back to pressing, turning them over, and making easy shots instead of making dumb shots."

On frustration with missed shots...

"I was getting frustrated in the first half, but I tried to just push it out of my head in the second half. Once I made the first one I was way more relaxed going into it."

On Auburn's winning streak against UAB...

"I'd seen it in the press release, but we've seen that you have to take it one game at a time. We don't want to look at the past and we definitely didn't want to end that streak. We just want to take it one game at a time in this WNIT."

#34 Peyton Davis Jr, C

On the way they're playing...

"I know our press gives a lot of people a lot of trouble. I know UAB had probably never seen anything like that. I think we jumped on them pretty well in the second half, but I really do think we can make a run. I think this team is hungry, I think we want it, and I think we recognize that we can go far."

UAB Head Coach Audra Smith

Opening statement...

"First of all, I'd like to commend Auburn University on playing an outstanding basketball game. We got out to a really, really slow start. Their pressure really, really affected us. They're nice, long and lean, and very athletic. We have smaller guards so I knew it was going to be a difficult matchup for us. We turned the ball over 23 times, and that's pretty much the name of the game. I think we gave up anywhere from 18 to 19 offensive rebounds. Once we got down we tried to dig our way out and dig our way out, but we continued to turn the ball over. Like I said, I give credit to them in terms of their defensive strategy, and they really rattled us. We were never able to get into the half court and get into our half court set. I am proud of my players, I'm proud of the fact that we had the opportunity to participate in postseason play. I felt like they played as hard as they could. This was unexpected--a very pleasant surprise for us to be invited to the field of 64 for the WNIT. They were all away pretty much on spring break, and we had to kind of rush back in and get prepared, but I'm not using that as an excuse. The bottom line is you have to step on the court and you've got to be ready to play regardless of whatever the situation may be."

On Tyrese Tanner...

"Ty played a great game, and she does what she does. She's a mid-ranger. She's a long, lanky, lean guard. Her biggest thing was that she had a lot of mid-range shots. We put her on the line a couple of times. She got out in transition. She causes a lot of havoc when she plays in the top of that pressure, and she was able to get some easy steals that way and get layups that way. She shot the ball extremely well. That's what I told the kids when we were doing scouting reports, that her range is about eight to ten feet. She's prolific from there. She's going to knock those shots down--little short corner shots, high post area, catching the attacker on a bounce from the elbow. She's hard to defend. She had an outstanding game.

On Auburn being able to make a run in the WNIT...

"We'll see. I think they can. They're very athletic as I said. They're hard to defend because of their size. If they're playing against a team with smaller guards than ourselves, they're going to give some teams a problem. I think they're also very hard to beat when they're at home. If they `re able to continue to host at home, I think that they're going to provide a real tough time for teams coming in."

On Auburn's press...

"We were chucking it to our friend Harvey over there in the second row. That was part of the problem. A lot of it was them and their length, and a lot of it was us and not doing the things that I asked them to do. You just can't make those long, wild passes, and that's what got us down. They capitalized on our turnovers, so we turn the ball over, they score. It's hard to get back in to it if you're constantly giving the team additional possessions. We always talk about that. You cannot give a team additional possessions by turning the ball over, nor can you give them additional possessions just by giving up offensive rebounds. Unfortunately, that's what we did."