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Quotes Following Tulane's 74-49 Win Over McNeese State

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Nov. 11, 2013

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Head Coach Lisa Stockton

Overall thoughts on the win
"I thought there were a lot of good things in the game today. We came out in the first half and they really made some runs on us, but we responded. We stayed in there, they got up by five and then we came back and took the lead. I felt like we got some momentum after that."

On holding McNeese State guard Allison Baggett scoreless in the second half
"This time of year, you have to adjust to different players. She's a player that didn't play a huge role for them last year but is this year. I thought our team did a great job of finding her in the second half. She didn't have a point in the second half and she is a big key for their offense. For us, I thought we did a nice job of sharing the ball and really shooting the ball well in the second half."

On the play of guards Jamie Kaplan and Leslie Vorpahl
"Both of them really stepped up tonight and did such a great job. One thing about playing a team like this is really keeping your composure. We did a great job against the press, didn't turn it over, came down and found our post players. We felt we had a size advantage. They did a great job of getting the ball inside when we could and just controlling the game. We got a nice lead, we didn't start taking any quick shots and I thought we ran our offenses really well in that last 10 minutes."

On fouls playing a key role in the win
"That's something that we really worked on, to make sure we're not in foul trouble. I thought some of the fouls were because of our aggressiveness on offense. Tierra Jones came in, did some great things and drew quite a few fouls. You look at Chinwe, who drew some fouls. The guards were driving to the basket and were getting some tagging calls. We were the aggressor tonight."

On the team posting back-to-back wins of 25-plus points to open the season with so many new faces playing different roles
"It is new and I think our players are playing some different roles. Obviously for Leslie, this is her second college game. She and Courtnie have had to adjust and play some significant minutes for us. It's good to see people accepting their new roles. We've got Adesuwa on the wing instead of being in the post all of the time. Chinwe Duru is playing a bigger part. I think every game that we play, our players will mature and that will help us find our identity. It's good to have these, but we've got a really tough schedule ahead of us so we're going to have to keep moving in the right direction."

On what the team has to do to keep things going early on
"It's both sides of the ball. Offensively, it's being able to execute, knowing our players and know each other well. Tonight, I thought we had an edge in size and we took advantage of that. That's something that we've got to do in the future. Defensive is probably our biggest challenge just because we have some youth being able to go out there and guard some tremendous wings and post players. We're going to have to really adjust to that. I thought tonight in the second half really showed that we can. Our zone was really good. I thought they executed the zone as well as any team I've had in a while. That can be a real key for us, to have that in our pocket and know we can go to that."

On the performance of her freshmen so far
"One thing that's good is that Leslie and Courtnie are getting a lot of minutes early. That's really going to make them better. There is no substitute for game experience. Some of the things we had to do last year are hard this year, but I'm just happy with how they're progressing. This is really their fourth game against Division I opponents with a pair of scrimmages."

On the Green Wave shooting well from the outside during the 15-0 second-half run
"The nice thing is that we have some balance. When we have players like Tiffany, Chinwe and Tierra in there providing an inside force there, your shooters have better shots. We have the perimeter players, but a lot of times, we're not able to get those shots because we don't have that presence in the paint. This year, I think we're a lot better in the paint. That's going to free up different players, and it's good to see the confidence of our guards to step out there and hit them. Jamie hit a couple of big ones that really broke it open for us."

Junior Guard Jamie Kaplan

On tying a career-high with 20 points
"I thought we played a lot better tonight then we did on Friday. I think the team is progressing every day - even in practice we're getting better - and that showed tonight on the court. I'm glad I was able to do what I needed to do to get the win and my team definitely helped me out as well."

On Tulane having 17 assists and shooting 48.1 percent from the field
"I love it when I pass the ball and the shot goes in. It's definitely a great feeling. The team is shooting the ball very well right now and I think that's because we're executing well on offense. Like Coach said, we're going in and out which really opens up some shots. Forty-eight percent is a great stat tonight."

On the 10-second call coming into play tonight
"One 10-second call because they were just walking it up, but I think we pressured them very well. It's something that you've got to get used to and it helps when the other team might not be used to it yet."

Freshman Guard Leslie Vorpahl

On her performance in her first career start
"I came in and didn't know if I was going to play the one or the two. I was going to do what Coach wanted me to do. Wherever she put me, I was ready to go in and play. Everyone has been encouraging me and that gave me some confidence coming in. My teammates definitely helped. It's not just me doing all of that. They're setting me up with good screens and getting me open off of them. And then when they get their points, it's drawing (the defense) off of me to help out them, so everyone was just kind of doing their thing."

On holding Allison Baggett scoreless in the second half
"We've been preparing for her all weekend. She's just like her sisters - a big shooter. At halftime, we had to make some adjustments. We had to come out and put it on her. We started trapping her in the second half and we all really bought into what the coaches were telling us."

On the team being able to break McNeese's press defense
"Offensively, we didn't have much problem with it. We had a couple of good passes to get off of that first-line trap. I think we did that well tonight."