Feb. 1, 2014
Tulane Head Coach Lisa Stockton
"First of all, I am really proud of our effort. I thought we did a lot things effort wise, especially finishing the game. We were as intense as we could be. I give UTEP a lot of credit. They did a tremendous job of scoring. We just had a difficult time stopping them and scoring ourselves. We felt that we had to contain a little bit on the boards. Overall we did a pretty good job on their offensive rebounds compared to what we normally did, but they just couldn't miss at times. We had that one span in the second half where we couldn't make a shot, they made some transition baskets and that got the lead. We just couldn't respond."
On UTEP's second half comeback
"Their transition offense when we missed shots, they just got some easy looks. It happened in a very quick span. They can score very quickly. We controlled the tempo in the first half. I thought we controlled the tempo a little bit, probably 10 minutes into the second half, but when they busted it open it was all them."
On UTEP's Kayla Thornton
"She's a great athlete. She can run the floor very well. In the first half, we put her to the free throw line a little too much. She doesn't miss free throws. That was something we tried to change in the second half and we did a better job with her there. Just keeping her off the offensive boards was difficult. Eight offensive rebounds really contributed to a lot of her points."
On the difference in 3-point percentages
"We had looks, there were times that maybe we forced some but we had good looks. They put a lot of pressure on our guards. We had a hard time getting to our post players in that span there. We had good looks at the basket and just couldn't hit the shots that we normally hit. Tiffany [Dale], when she touched it in there, she was able to score. We just couldn't get it in there enough."
On the rebounding margin
"That was part of the game. We created turnovers. They had 20 turnovers and we had 10. I thought that was a good stat that could even up the rebounds. But we just didn't shoot the ball well enough so that was pretty key."
On UTEP's 15 first-half turnovers compare to just five after the break
"Their point guard was in foul trouble in the first half so we tried to take advantage of that. In the second half, we couldn't set our presses because we weren't making shots. That keyed a lot of that. We are not a team that creates a lot of turnovers, but I thought we were really aggressive defensively and created some that kept us in it."
On where the team is right now
"We're 6-2, we've had a tough schedule and have played a lot of teams toward the top. Obviously we've lost to East Carolina and this one, but those are the teams that are going to be up there. We have to take these next eight games and try not to slip. We still have sights on our goals. We want a championship one way or another. I think we will bounce back and we will be better for it."
Junior Wing Adesuwa Ebomwonyi
On UTEP rallying in the second half
"In the second half, they came in and made a lot of shots. It's like they couldn't miss. We didn't back on transition defense. They got some baskets there. We had some turnovers on them. They just played really well the second half."
On how the team bounces back after a game like today
"We have to learn from this game, take this game into consideration, go to the gym and shoot more. When we go to our next game, play better and use this as motivation."
Junior Forward Tiffany Dale
On her performance against the Miners
"I definitely went out wanting to win this game. We knew Thornton was going to be a big threat. We knew No. 14 [Kristine Vitola] was going to be a big threat. We definitely tried to keep her off the boards. We went in and played hard. We came out hot and then they just came back, taking quick shots and getting hot as well. In the second half, they came out and hits shots and we couldn't get back in transition defense. We will use this game to learn lessons for the next game."
On the rebound margin
"Thornton was a big girl. We should have definitely not taken her for granted and boxed her out."