Dec. 2, 2005
HEAD COACH Nell Fortner
On the game...
"We're a work in progress. We have to learn to win ball games. They have an experienced team and knew how to step up in the end and win. We had opportunities too. We got a good look from Nitasha Brown at the end, and some good penetration by (Whitney) Boddie. We're just living and learning."
"I thought the difference in the game was the first two minutes of the second half. Suntana Granderson had 10 of their first 12 points in the second half. But that's the mark of a young team. They (Auburn) don't understand how you have to start the second half. That let Xavier back in the ball game, and off they go."
On DeWanna Bonner's long shot on the second to last possession...
"It wasn't what we wanted, but again, that's the mark of a young player. We wanted her to go to the hole, and if she can't go, give it to someone who can get in there. That's just something she has to learn. She's a good player. They just have to keep learning."
On lack of penetration...
"Right now we're not a penetration team, and that's what we have to become. Right now Brown is really the only one comfortable going to the hole consistently. We're capable, it's just not something most of them have done for a large part of their basketball careers."
"In the first half, we had too many quick shots. We were taking too many long-range shots. We just need to have more patience offensively. We need to trust the offense, and we're in a stage right now where we're not trusting the offense all the way."
Quoting Auburn guard DeWanna Bonner:
"When it comes down to it, they just had more seniors, while we had more freshmen and sophomores. They were more prepared for that type of situation at the end. They seemed like they wanted it more. We got too comfortable with the lead."
Quoting Auburn forward Alexis Ogubie:
"I feel like we played well as a whole. KeKe Carrier and Marita Payne did a good job in the high/low. In the first four minutes we played hard. If we had done that in the second half we would have won the game."
On KeKe Carrier...
"She was prepared. It was her first start, and she was ready. They knew what we were running. They just did a better job on defense."
On Xavier's Tara Boothe...
"She did what she was supposed to do. She's a senior. We knew what she was capable of, and that we had to defend her--we just needed to do a better job of it."
Xavier Head Coach Kevin McGuff
On this year's game compared to last year (vs.
"It was really similar in that it was a close game down the stretch. Last year they made the big plays to win the game, but this year we made the big plays to win the game."
On Xavier's post defense...
"They are really big, strong and talented on the low post. What we did tonight is double team them to try and frustrate them and make them throw the ball back outside, and we had some success with it. I was really happy that we executed (on defense)."
On halftime adjustments...
"It wasn't so much X's and O's but rather we needed to win the game. I think we got out there tonight and we saw 6-7, 6-5, 6-4, and we didn't know whether or not we were going to be able to do this. We played well enough in the first half to have a chance and give our kids a sense that they could win. When we started feeling like we could win, we started to play with a little bit of confidence and shots started going in."
On Xavier's second-half shooting...
"I don't know that we got many different shots, it was just that we believed we could win the game. When you have that confidence that you can win the game, shots tend to go in."