Postgame Quotes vs. Tulane
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March 27, 2013

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Auburn vs. Tulane
March 27, 2013
Auburn, Arena
Auburn, Ala.
Third Round WNIT

Auburn head coach Terri Williams-Flournoy

Opening statement...

"I'm very proud of our young ladies. Tulane's a very good team, and we knew that they were good. Obviously we had played them before, so we knew how good they were, and we knew how well they took care of the ball versus our press. I'm very proud of our young ladies for hanging in there, going through the runs that they made at us and just taking care of the ball and just making shots and making plays when we needed them."

On if Auburn was trying to get Najat Ouardad the ball to shoot a 3-pointer when Auburn was down six in the second half...

"It just kind of happened that way. A lot of people are now starting to come off of Jet and go double-team the ball. When she shoots the ball with confidence, she makes it. She shot that one with great confidence, and that 3 just really helped a lot."

On what she was looking to get from that play...

"The one we were going to, they actually double-teamed us. We were happy to find that Jet was wide open."

On what was said during the timeout after Tulane went on its run to cut it to a four-point game...

"I didn't think that we were being smart. We weren't taking care of the ball. We weren't rebounding. We were giving them every opportunity to get back into the game. That's a lot of what we talked about in that timeout. We just had to play smarter and be the better team."

On Tyrese Tanner hitting 11-of-12 free throws and hitting them when they counted...

"She did. At this time of the year, it usually comes down to somebody being able to create and make a shot and being able to hit free throws at the end. I thought Tyrese, as well as some of our other young ladies, did a good job of finishing at the free throw line."

On dominating the second-chance points, getting offensive rebounds and capitalizing on them...

"It's good. It's funny, we actually miss a lot of those opportunities. I know as a coach you always see what you don't do, but it's great. I thought we did a really good job. I thought Tra'cee (Tanner) came in and did a good job getting to the boards. Ty did a good job getting to the boards. Blanche (Alverson) and Hasina (Muhammad) did a good job of keeping the ball alive. As we tell them all the time as one of our offensive goals, `Get to the offensive glass. As many times as we can give ourselves an opportunity to score, why not?'"

On if they talk about making a run for the WNIT Championship...

"We don't talk about it. They should be talking about Bowling Green or Drexel. Those should be the only two words coming out of their mouths right now. But it's an exciting time from them. You really don't want to take anything away from them. After tonight, we'll get back focused again tomorrow at practice so that they can understand the bigger picture."

On if it's natural for players to look ahead to the big picture...

"Of course. They always see the big picture. They have to figure out how to get there, but for this team and they're playing so well right now, they're hungry. They feel it. You can't help but think, `What's next?'"

On what the postseason success means for the program...

"I think it's so much for our young ladies. It's a great opportunity for our seniors to have the chance to finish on a good note. It's a great opportunity for our young ones to understand the postseason is where you want to be. We're starting with the WNIT, but once again there's another bigger picture, so let's understand where we want to be."

On if she knows anything about Drexel or Bowling Green...

"I know a little about Drexel. I don't know anything about Bowling Green, but I will soon. I told you I take it one game at a time."

On Tyrese Tanner's postseason performance and having a player step up to that role...

"It's amazing. I don't know what has come over Tyrese, but I hope it stays with her throughout the rest of the WNIT and into her senior year next year. I don't really know what it is, but she's playing with a lot of confidence, and her teammates are really feeding off of her and feeding her the ball, as well. I think she's figured out the top of our press. She's getting really active up there, and because she's usually up there, she can be the first one to break when a steal happens. I think right now, Tyrese is just doing a great job for us."

On if the single-season records in steals and turnovers forced are good signs that the press is working...

"That's always a good indication that we're doing what we're supposed to be doing. You might want to look at our turnovers in transition. We hope that that evens out a little bit with the assist-turnover ratio on the year to see how we did. To put in a whole new system and get them to understand our philosophy and how we want to play, because the one thing that they need to understand is it is our system that's really helping us to win games. The system is our defense."

#14 Blanche Alverson Sr., G/F
On Najat Ouardad's 3-pointer...
"That was definitely a big shot. I felt like they were starting to make a run. That was a big shot for her to hit, and I think that just sparked us. It was good to get a basket and get back in and play some defense."

On Tulane's small runs...
"I think we were trying to be really aggressive at the front. Our back line was coming up a little too far on the press. We were trying to get steals, and then they would send someone back and go layup. I think we were being overly aggressive instead of being smart and aggressive. I think that was something we corrected later in the game."

On rebounding...
"We've put a big emphasis on using our abilities to get to the offensive glass. If we can do that, we have an advantage over everybody, because we're long. If we can do that and get easy put backs that just fills us and we can jump to our press."

On thoughts of this tournament as a senior...
"We want out last game to be a win. Not many people can say that. That's my goal. I want to play my last college game and I want it to be a win. We're looking to do that and just keep on moving forward."

# 3 Najat Ouardad Sr., G.
On 3-pointer...
"I was already ready to knock it down. I knew it was going to make a big difference so we could get the momentum back. I knew it was a big shot and I knew I would knock it down, so I'm glad Hasina (Muhammad) found me."

On shooting with a high arc...
"I usually have people running at me and trying to block my shot so it comes naturally."

#32 Tyrese Tanner Jr., F.
On her scoring in the WNIT...
"I'm glad it's happened. I just want us to keep winning and for us to get a championship."

On winning a championship...
"I feel that we're pretty focused for these next games. Everyone has the drive and the hunger to get this championship."

On her role in this tournament...
"Since I'm at the top of the press, I'm closer to the basket. They're setting screens for me and I'm coming off and getting great passes and able to get to the free-throw line."

Tulane Head Coach Lisa Stockton
Opening statement...
"It's always tough to lose your last game, but I thought Auburn played very well tonight. I thought we made some really good runs and were able to get some momentum back after some of their runs, and then they answered them. That was the key. Obviously the game got tight toward the end, and we just weren't able to make shots. They got to the free throw line and sealed the victory."

On how big Najat Ouardad's 3-pointer was...
"It was big. We had cut the lead to four, and we felt like we had contained them pretty well. If we got the ball back and she misses that shot, then we're back down four. That shot was key, and then (Blanche) Alverson hit one right after that. That took a little bit of the air out of our sails."

On Ouardad's 3-point shooting not being very high coming in...
"I mean you have to pick the players who you're going to guard. I think when it comes to the outside shooting, you have to find Alverson, and you have to let somebody else beat you from out there, and she did. That was a testament to the team and what they were able to do. That probably took the momentum from us and the game went from there. I hate that the final score is what it is because I think it was a pretty tight game, and after that, it was just hard to get back in it."