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Dec. 19, 2012

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Auburn vs. Tennessee-Chattanooga
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012
Auburn Arena

Auburn Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy

On tonight's game...

"It wasn't the prettiest of wins, but we'll take it. I thought we really started the game on a good note. We got a good lead, and I think that really gave our kids a lot of confidence, especially with a very good UT-Chattanooga team. It's a game of runs. They made their run. We had a scoring drought which really took away from our lead, but our girls held on, and we won the game."

On how Auburn was able to shut down UTC from the start...

"I think a lot of times it's really hard to simulate our press. It doesn't really matter how much you can work on it during the week, with Tyrese Tanner and Hasina (Muhammad) and Blanche (Alverson) and Peyton (Davis) in the back, they're really big. It becomes very hard to see over the top of them, and they can get out and contest the 3s, as well, as long as we don't let people just drive right past us."

On if Auburn stayed with the half-court press to contest the 3-point shot...

"No, not really. We really thought that they were going to put their shooters deep in the corner, which is something that we worked on because that would've been very hard for us to guard. Once we saw that we could move our pressure up a little bit, we started bringing it forward a little bit more. Tyrese Tanner is very hard to pass over up there. I thought she really gave (Alex Black) and the other point guard that came in, I thought she really gave them some pressure up top trying to pass over the top of her."

On rebounding being critical in tonight's game...

"They're just such a hustle team. They just chased down rebounds. A few times they got two offensive rebounds in a row. We knew that. They shoot a lot of 3s, and 3s go long. They know to go chase them, whereas we're going this way, and they're going that way."

On how big of a win this was going into the end of non-conference play...

"I think it's a big one when you start to think about heading into SEC play. We beat a team that beat two teams in the SEC; beat Tennessee, beat Alabama. If it doesn't do anything, it gives our kids confidence that we're a good team. As long as we play defense, we can win ballgames."

On if this is the best team they've played...

"I don't know. I think we've had some really good teams that we've played. We lost to two. San Diego State was really good, and N.C. State was really good."

Blanche Alverson, Sr., F

On how they were able to build the lead in the first half...

"I think the difference in the game was just us getting out and contesting the shooters. I think they were 4-for-31 from the 3-point line. That was something that we put a lot of emphasis on in practice was contesting their 3-point shooters because they've been shooting the ball very well. They're averaging about 75 points a game, so that was a big emphasis for us in practice was to just help and recover and make sure we contest all the shots, and then box out and get the rebound. I think that was the difference for us tonight."

On if they were surprised that they were able to get a big run at the beginning of the game...

"I think this year we've really tried to just employ our press on everybody. We've noticed a trend. When we can jump out and get on teams early, we kind of deflate their confidence. I think that's always a goal of ours. Our goal is to get the first five stops; don't let them score in the first five possessions. That's something that us as a team, we've given ourselves that goal. I think for us to come out and jump out to the lead we did and shutting them down offensively, I think that was the difference."

On if she is surprised the team is 9-2 or if they expected to be playing this well...

"I think we're a very experienced team. Hasina, even though she's a sophomore, she plays like a senior on the floor with all the experience she was able to gain last year. We're a very experienced team, and I think the new system just boosts our confidence even more in that we're all really buying into the system and believing that our defense is going to win us games this year."

On how much better the team can be this year...

"Like Coach Flo was saying earlier, we had the scoring drought, and I think we need to minimize those droughts as much as we can. Even though we were making stops, we weren't building our lead anymore. I think we just need to take care of the ball more and really focus on running plays and making hard cuts and still scoring offensively, as well as making the defensive stops."

Hasina Muhammad, So., G

On the difference in her scoring between this season and last...

"I feel like last year I didn't emerge as a leader, but this year is my year to come out and help put the team on my back with Blanche and (Tanner) and then just carry us to the win."

On if this style of play fits her better...

"It does. It allows us to let our athletic side (show) and use our quickness."

On if she is surprised the team is 9-2 or if they expected to be playing this well...

"When Coach Flo first introduced her system to us, I believed that it was a system that was going to work. It turns out that it's working for us, so we're going to keep winning and see how far it takes us."

On how much better the team can be this year...

"The only way to go is up. It wasn't a pretty win, so we just have to clean up a few things on the defensive end and the offensive end, and I think we'll be pretty good."

Tennessee-Chattanooga Head Coach Wes Moore

On tonight's game...

"This is a team that averages about 72, 73 points a game. I cannot be too disappointed with the defensive effort, but offensively, first of all, we have worked so many days on this press and for us to come out here and just be intimidated by it or whatever. I am not sure what. We hesitated against it instead of attacking it, but at some point it comes down to knocking some shots down. You would like to think we could have gotten it inside some, but with that zone and with that press we came down, we had open looks and unfortunately when you are 4-of-31 from the 3-point line, you are in trouble. Maybe we shot too many threes, but at the same time I thought we had good looks. It was just one of those nights, but you've got to get in the gym and shoot and work at it. As I've said before, you can't hang your head and feel sorry for yourself. You have to get to work and do something about it. Hopefully, we will do that maybe over the break or whenever we get back. "

On wanting to get Ashlen Dewart more involved in the game...

"Again, we were trying to go inside to her. Ashlen (Dewart) had a good game. Ashlen was sick all day. She was throwing up and everything else. She showed a lot of heart going out there and battling as long as she did, but she was effective. We needed to get it to her more, but at the same time, we feel like at some point, you shuffle some people in and out. We had a lot of different people shoot 3s, and you feel like at some point we have good shooters so they are going to start knocking some shots down, and it is going to be a different game. Even at that, we cut it to seven there in the second half and Ashlen played a bit part in that, but that was as close as we could get. Twenty-two turnovers, 10 assists that is not good, but again, you do not get an assist unless you knock the shot down. We had plenty of opportunities and did not capitalize on it. You have to give them credit. They are doing some good things and they give you some different looks and they make it hard on you to run your stuff. At some point, you just have to pretty much play basketball. You have to make good decisions against the press and knock down some shots hopefully."

On the importance of being able to stop another team's momentum...

"We used a couple of timeouts there in the first half, which I don't like doing normally, but we had to. They were making runs. You get some stops and you hit some shots. It is hard to stop a run when you are not scoring yourself. Again, the scary thing is this the same style that Appalachian State plays and we are going to see it some more and we are going to have to hopefully knock some shots down and handle the press better than we did tonight, but it is discouraging. It is a game that you feel like, if you play well, you have a shot at. We just did not play well. Again, it is hard to blame a kid for missing shots. The only thing you can say is get in the gym and work on it."