Coach Stockton's Comments Heading Into Wednesday's Regular-Season Finale



March 4, 2014

On the matchup with Middle Tennessee
"Middle Tennessee has certainly had a great season. They've done an amazing job of being very consistent on the defensive end and they have a legitimate candidate for Player of the Year in Ebony Rowe. It's a tough challenge, but in many ways it's nice having a good opponent going into the conference tournament. This will really test us."

On if Wednesday's game is a must-win for her team
"It really isn't. When you get to this time of year, it would be nice to have that double-bye and we're right there in the mix. But if we don't, we still get one night off to watch and we'll have to play our way in. There have been several teams that have won four games and been able to win the tournament."

On the four individuals participating in their final home regular-season game on Wednesday
"When you take the quality people that we've had in our program, everyone has played different roles and the two players exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete. Our managers have been so dedicated to the program when they're not really getting paid that much money and they have to put in a lot of time in. They're all quality people and I think quality people most certainly make your program better."

On the emotions that get tied up in a `Senior Day' contest
"This is a tough challenge here and it has to be about us making this as good of a game as we can. We've got to handle the emotions of that. I hope that we can get a good crowd to honor those seniors after the game and send them off in a very good way."

On her team's mindset going into the regular-season finale and the upcoming C-USA Championship
"We've certainly had a tough schedule to finish the season off and there haven't been any games that we've been able to cruise through. We've had to play at a high level and we're going to have to play at a high level again on Wednesday. It'll be nice to have that week to kind of sit back and see who we'll prepare for. The tournament is what you get excited about. Every team goes to the tournament. It's a new season. I think it's going to be a great tournament, especially with the parity in conference, which should make it very competitive."