Women's Basketball
Coach Stockton's Comments Heading Into Thursday's Game vs. Southern Miss



Jan. 19, 2011

On the Tulane/Southern Miss rivalry
"It's always a game where both opponents know each other very well. We go back to before the old Metro Conference as far as the history of our programs. Southern Miss usually brings a crowd, which makes it an exciting environment, and it's always a good game no matter what the records are."

On if she's discussed the winning streak with the team
"No because the streak really doesn't make a difference to us. We know we have to do well in the league. We're trying to achieve some goals and that involves winning a lot of games. We're not really concerned with how many games we win in a row. We just need to show up every night and be ready to win each game."

On Tulane's overall improvement throughout the 2010-11 season
"We've got a long way to go. In the last two games defensively, we've done some things better than we've done all year. Our presses have been more intense and for longer. We still have to work at the rebounding aspect of it to where when we play really good teams, we don't let them get extra opportunities. Offensively, I think consistency for 40 minutes is our focus. Right now, we've been starting off a little slow in the first half and usually play pretty well in the second half. I'd like to see 40 minutes instead of 20."

On the Southern Miss Golden Eagles
"They're very athletic, they play very hard defensively and they're going to be aggressive. Those kinds of teams always scare you because if they get an extra opportunity - even if they miss the first shot and get extra opportunities and just get to the free throw line - that's going to keep them in games. That's what we have to be ready to take away from them - just don't give them extra opportunities."

On having a chance to start 5-0 in Conference USA for the first time in school history
"This team has been consistent and played well, so you'd like them to establish themselves in the history books. But it's not going to make any difference at the end of the season if we don't take care of business throughout the whole 16-game conference schedule. It's obviously one game at a time, but if it happens, it would be nice for this team to have that recognition."




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