Quotes Following Tulane's 68-61 WNIT Win Over Mississippi Valley State



March 15, 2012

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Head Coach Lisa Stockton

Overall thoughts on the win
"I thought it was a hard-fought game on both ends. Defensively, we did a much better job in the second half. In the first half, we gave up way too many points in transition. Only giving up 23 points in the second half was a much better effort."

On if she felt fatigue played a factor in tonight's game
"I thought at times we played really fatigued. Whether that's energy, whether that's mental or whatever, there were times after that first five minutes that we just didn't have that same energy out there and that's something that we have to make sure we're ready for on Sunday."

On Brett Benzio and Olivia Grayson both posting double-doubles
"Those two have been good for us. When we really needed to lock them down at the end, we gave up one shot and out and those two came up with the rebounds. I thought overall, it was a good performance. It was just defensively in the first half, we weren't as strong as we usually are."

On if she made a concerted effort to use more bench players in today's game
"We're trying to. We're a little beat up and have some injuries. I'm really trying to use them as much as I can as early as we can. We did that in the (C-USA) Tournament and I think we're going to have to continue doing that in this tournament. We're going to have to get good play from the bench."

On if she was saving Danielle Blagg for the end of the game
"I was trying to save Danielle. There were times that Ty, I left her on the bench a little while. We really needed her fresh in that last few minutes. Especially when a team is going to make a run, I think your guards have to be a lot fresher."



Senior Center Brett Benzio

On being just 13 rebounds away from the all-time Tulane record of 1,048
"I feel really blessed to be in the position. I never thought it would be a possibility, but just by playing hard every game I've set myself up. Thirteen rebounds is doable in one game. Hopefully, I can get it solid in the next game and just keep going and push past it."

On being able to rally from behind to win the WNIT opener
"I think that's what it's about, especially with a team like that where they can get hot from the 3. One girl had 15 points in the first half and most of them were 3s. That's a big deal, especially for us being so young. We came off the tournament where we had really big momentum going into the UTEP game and weren't be able to weather storm against UTEP. That's how they beat us. Just to come out, have a lead, lose it due to the run and be able to hold off is really important. With a young team, they've never really had to out-last something like that."

On jumping out to a quick start and seeing Mississippi Valley State respond
"We had a lot of energy coming in. We're excited because it's postseason play. We got out to a lead and just started to relax. We got careless with the ball and started making some bad decisions. That kind of stuff happens when you think you have the game won. Coach has been telling us the entire time that they're not just going to lay down and die for you. The won their conference in the regular season and they're a good team. I think we kind of had to experience them getting the lead for us to get our minds around it that we really need to take them serious."

Junior Guard Olivia Grayson

Overall thoughts on the game
"We definitely got out on them early and we kind of let off the gas a little bit. They continued to fight, so I give them props for that. We just gutted it out and got the win."

On Mississippi Valley State's speed and quickness on defense
"We knew they were going to press a lot. They like to trap. They like to get in the passing lanes and get steals. That's how they get their offense going. So we were prepared for that. I guess they just overwhelmed us a little bit at first."

On the physical play of the Delta Devilettes
"It was physical and the refs weren't really calling anything. It's frustrating when you're turning the ball over and it's because they're fouling you. It's something we all had to deal with. I'm not sure if that's their game, but that's what they did tonight. Maybe it was just a personnel thing they that they worked on for us. I'm not sure, but they definitely executed that well."

On being able to withstand the tenacious pressure MVSU provided all night
"It feels good because it was definitely a growing experience for us. We don't play teams like that. For next year and as we get further into this tournament, this will be good preparation for us."

On getting her second double-double in the last three games
"I was just playing and trying to get rebounds. We knew we were bigger than them, so one of our goals was to out-rebound the. I just crashed the boards."

Freshman Guard Danielle Blagg

Overall thoughts on the game
"I thought we all came out with really good energy and just dropped a little too much and they caught up. In the end, we just fought back."

On if she got tired as the game went on
"Maybe a little bit. It's been a long season, but I'm not going to use that as an excuse. I was excited. It was our first postseason game."

On her ability to hit from beyond the 3-point arc
"In the beginning of the game I definitely missed a lot more than I made, so I'm really happy that I was able to come out and made some in the second half. You can't get down on the missed shots."