Coach Stockton's Quotes Following Tulane's 89-73 Win Over Saint Francis



Dec. 21, 2013

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Overall thoughts on the game
"It was a much better second half for us. We took care of the ball better. Fourteen turnovers in the first half really kept Saint Francis in it. In the second half, we did a better job with that. We took better shots in the second half, even though we shot equally as well but we just had more shots at the basket. Also, we got a little tougher defensively. We gave them one shot and out and didn't put them on the free throw line as much. Probably one of the biggest problems we had was foul trouble and trying to rotate people in and out, and our kids did a great job of staying in it."

On having to play with a small line-up due to injuries and foul troubles
"First of all, I'm glad I have very tall guards. That helped. It's been good for us because I certainly think there are going to be those kinds of situations. Obviously we hope we don't have Tiffany Dale out for too many more games because that really changes our rotations, but when you get in foul trouble different people have to come in. I thought our players did a good job. It probably made us better because these things happened, and we were able to get away with playing guards in the post."

On Tulane's ability to pull away in the second half after squandering an 11-point lead in the first
"In the first half, we played a lot more of their game. In the second half, we played more of ours. We broke the press and our rule was we weren't going to shoot off of a press break unless we had a layup. We had a few of those. Otherwise, we came out, ran our offense and got really good looks in our offense. I felt like we found the open player. When you look at our shooting percentage, we shared the ball really well. That was a real key in the second half."

On another solid performance by junior guard Danielle Blagg
"I think you see Danielle get her timing back after missing so long. Also, having that exam break really helped her conditioning. I felt that that was part of it - her conditioning and her timing. She really looked good today and honestly, I think her all-around game is so much better than she's had. When you look at rebounds tonight, she had a lot of rebounds. She's really being aggressive. Defensively, she's being aggressive. We're a much better team when Danielle plays like that."



On the upcoming Tulane/DoubleTree Classic
"We look forward to that tournament. It's an opportunity to play at home and play good teams. We've also had a good run in that tournament and have been successful there. Hopefully, we can keep that going. I really like the way a lot of our players are playing. Adesuwa had a great weekend. Hopefully, we can carry this into that tournament. We've got three non-conference games left and those are really important for us."