March 20, 2014
"It was a well-played game on both teams' parts. Both teams competed really hard and that's what the postseason is all about. Mississippi State did a tremendous job in those first 10 minutes of the game. Their rebounding and all the extra possessions allowed them to really take control. I'm really proud that our team was able to battle back and get back in it after that. Again, I thought it was a well-played game. It's tough to end like this, but we're really proud of our kids."
On Tulane's early second-half run
"At the beginning of the game, the offensive rebounding was killing us. At halftime we got it to eight because the rebounding margin was one. In the second half, we came back, played some defense, got some stops and were able to convert on offense. We made a little run there before the 16-minute media [timeout]. We came out with some intensity after halftime and that really helped us."
On Jamie Kaplan setting the Tulane single-season assist record with 209
"She's had a tremendous season of finding people. She's got a knack for really creating on offense. I coached [former record holder] Ashley Langford and I didn't know many people could break that record. It's really a testament for what she was able to do this season, not only with her passing but her floor leadership and what she's done for us. We got 20 wins and I can contribute a lot of them to her."
On how improved Mississippi State is from the two team's preseason scrimmage back in October
"In a scrimmage you do a lot of different things, so I don't think we had a great feel for each other. The thing that we remember them being very good at was their rebounding and they certainly did a good job of that tonight. The confidence of their perimeter has probably developed. We contained the inside pretty well as far as their scoring up until the last 10 minutes or so. Their perimeter players were hurting us getting to the basket and creating offense that way."
On Leslie Vorpahl only playing 16 minutes
"She got hurt. She originally got hurt about three weeks ago with a high ankle sprain and battled back. We lost her for a few games. She battle back in time for the conference tournament and was still hurt. She felt good coming out today and tweaked it again - probably the second possession of the second half. That was a big loss to us. I think she's a really special freshman."
On the impact of not having an injured Danielle Blagg over the last five-plus minutes
"She's our leading scorer so I think that was certainly significant. Again, we had our chances. We had some layups that we didn't make. We got some steals and didn't convert them. And we actually had some stops there. We had our chances and just couldn't make it happen. I told the team I was really happy with the way we battled all the way. Even with just a few seconds left, we really battled."
On her feelings when Mississippi State answered Tulane's second half rally with a 10-0 run of its own
"This is a game of back and forth. When it got to two, four and then six, I felt we were still in it. It was a game of momentum and when they got the four-point lead, we felt that we had to answer. We got a pretty good shot and just missed it. That's the way basketball is. We've had a lot of close games and we've won a lot of close games. In our last few, we've had some opportunities and we just didn't convert them. This is really a team without seniors and I'm excited to get this group back."