Dec. 9, 2012
Tulane Head Coach Lisa Stockton
"First of all I am just really proud of my team. I thought that we fought out of a hole. At the end we had some opportunities, turned the ball over and then came back and played really good defense. One of our goals in this game, LSU's offense is just so effective and efficient, we really challenged our player's defensively and wanted to hold this game under 70 points. I thought that was the key for us and our success."
On LSU's Theresa Plaisance
"She has been their player. That wasn't a surprise to us. She has really been a go to player for them. I thought that we were pretty aggressive with her. Although she had a great game, I feel like offensively us attacking her on the interior and getting her into foul trouble was an important thing. She is having a super year. She is a New Orleans girl. We know her. I told her at the end of the game, `good luck and have a fabulous year.' She is really playing well."
On the series between the schools
"I think the one thing is that a rivalry is not a rivalry unless it is close and there is good games every time you play. I know that Coach Caldwell had said some things about it earlier in the week. We are just down the road. It has been very competitive between the programs the past couple of years. It is always going to be close. The program here is a real quality program. For us to come in and win here is a really good win for us."
Tulane Sophomore Forward Whitney Bibbins
On coming back to Baton Rouge
"It is always exciting coming back and winning at home. There are always a bunch of fans at home. I was a little nervous at first. I did kind of shake out of it. It was really good to come back home."
On free throws at the end of the game
"I haven't been shooting very well from the free throw line and I was a little nervous, but I knew that I needed to knock these down. I just relaxed and focused."
LSU Head Coach Nikki Caldwell
"First off, I want to give a lot of credit to Tulane. We knew going into this game that it was going to be a battle. We talked about it being a battle on the boards and having the effort and mentality to finish off plays, and I felt like Tulane did a much, much better job trying to finish off their plays on the offensive end by getting second and third opportunities. But they also found gaps in our matchups on the strong side which allowed them to get some easy looks. A lot of credit to Tulane for executing their looks and playing better than we did."
On the recent play of Theresa Plaisance
"Theresa [Plaisance] has been a solid player for us down the stretch. Not having her in the game could obviously have a different outcome. But I like that Theresa [Plaisance] is playing more aggressive and trying to challenge shots and getting eight blocks in one game. She is someone who is doing a very good job for us. And offensively, she has really stepped up and been that go-to player for us."
On the struggles of the offense
"Our guard play, we cannot be so consumed with the jump shot. And sometimes, we as guards think that that's the only option for us and our patience wasn't there. It's one thing when we work the ball - we got some inside and outside looks - and then you take the shot, but I really felt like the guards put a lot of pressure on the jumper. And Theresa [Plaisance], she does a great job for us in the paint and even knocked down a couple of perimeter shots for us. But the guards need to understand when we're running our offense, let's be a little more patient, let's get a little more ball reversals, let's make sure our post players are touching the basketball and let's play like a unit. And the times that we didn't, again, we came up empty."