Jan. 25, 2014
Head Coach Lisa Stockton
On the difference between first half and second half
"I thought Louisiana Tech did a good job in the first half. They hit some jumpers, they got the ball and they attacked. They were able to hit some jump shots against our zone. They hit a couple of outside shots then kept in it with their rebounding. I give them a lot of credit. In the second half, we did a better job defensively of just giving them one shot. Also we scored a little bit more on transition in the second half which got that lead up to double figures, so that gave us a little room"
On Louisiana Tech's second-half comeback attempt
"They got some shots toward the end that really closed that gap. They rotated our zone a little. We fouled them, we gave them second shots or we gave them too good of looks. We really need to firm that up and make sure they didn't get that. In the last three minutes, I thought we did a nice job of not giving the bad looks."
On getting major contributions from several players today
"That's something we do best. I think we are a pretty balanced team. When we get balanced scoring from everyone, we are more difficult to stop. If we share the ball, we win. I think that has a lot to do with our field goal percentage and the amount of free throws we get. I like the intensity of our team on our offensive transition. I think Jamie [Kaplan] did a nice job of getting the ball out, leading that break and pushing the team. When you have someone as fast as Tiffany [Dale] getting down the floor, it's hard to defend us that way. I like the way we are playing. If we can use more people, you don't have to worry about fatigue as much. I thought everyone who played today did contribute."
Junior Forward Tiffany Dale
On her performance against Louisiana Tech
"I definitely tried to do what I do best and that is in transition. I was making sure to attack on offense and get to the free throw line. What kept me going was that this was a big game for us so I wanted to do everything I could to get that win."
On if the team perhaps looked past the Lady Techsters based on their record
"We go into every game confident. We never go in scared. We always go in prepared. We always try to go in and have a game plan and try to execute what we do best on the offensive and defensive ends."
On going 12-for-12 from the free throw line
"I always go to the line confident and I try to attack on offense. When I made my first two free throws, I definitely felt confident to keep attacking the basket and get back on the line."
Junior Point Guard Jamie Kaplan
On what was going well for her
"In the second half, after they made their run, I think we did a good job of stopping it and boxing out, rebounding, controlling the ball and then getting out, getting some easy layups in transition and executing our offensives. I thought we did that really well today. We knocked down free throws. They fouled at the end, and I think that was huge for us."
On snapping Tulane's six-plus minute drought without a field goal
"Making those were good, but I have to credit the screeners. I wouldn't have gotten those shots off if there weren't good screens. That was huge. It definitely gave us a little pad to be able to go down and play defense a little more comfortably."
On Tulane being 5-1 in league play to date
"We have momentum right now. We knew coming into this game that it was an important game. I think games like this separate good teams from great teams. I'm glad we got the win today and we just have to stay focused as next week comes."
LOUISIANA TECH QUOTES
Head Coach Teresa Weatherspoon
On her team's first-half effort
"The first half was a great start for us - a great start of ball movement then the ball finds the right person at the right time. We were taking our time and being very patient offensively. Defensively we were pretty aggressive, not allowing them to take the open looks that they normally would get and making it a little difficult. There were some miscues defensively. Then they broke loose by getting offensive put-backs. We turned the ball over. They kind of stepped it up defensively on us and we turned the ball over, and that kind of fell in their favor. Momentum kind of shifted."
On what changed after halftime
"Our transition defensive wasn't doing well after turning the basketball over. We didn't have someone in the hole. You always have to have someone in the hole at least to hold up the transition. Then they started getting some open shots and knocked them down. That kind of hurt us and built momentum tremendously in their favor, especially being at home because you have your crowd in it. It was very important for us at that point to get some defensive stops and we didn't execute very well offensively. We weren't in attack mode like we normally would want to be. That was key to us and to give us a chance at least to get ourselves in position to score."
On holding Tulane without a field goal for over six minutes in the second half
"When you get down like that you have the crowd going in your favor, our kids just fought back. We always talk about the power of five - getting five stops then going down and scoring, then the power of five again and going down to score. That was important for us. Our kids did a really good job down the stretch to get ourselves back in the game. But unfortunately we made one of those tic-tac fouls and there they are the free throw line. They shot the ball well from the free throw line."
On fouls being a big part of game
"That's big. I we would have stayed in attack mode maybe we would have gotten to the free throw line a little bit more. Anybody who's the aggressors normally gets to the line."