Coach Stockton's Comments Heading Into The 2014 WNIT Opener At Mississippi State



March 19, 2014

On making the postseason for the fifth-consecutive season
"We're certainly excited to be playing in the postseason. Starting out with an SEC opponent and a strong Mississippi State team, it's going to be a fun matchup. It's going to be one that we're really going to have to be ready to play."

On if playing Mississippi State over the last few years and in a preseason scrimmage is an advantage
"I think that both teams are different than we were when we played back on October. At least our players have matched up with them. They are familiar a little bit with their personnel and how they play. We can go back and look at the mistakes we made - both the good things and the bad things - from the scrimmage. We can also see how they've evolved. This can definitely be an advantage."

On opening the postseason on an opponents' court
"It's always difficult to go in and play an SEC team on the road. One of the things we've done well as a team is we've played well on the road. We've played a good schedule. Again, we played at N.C. State, we've played LSU over the year, at Auburn, and we're familiar with those kinds of environments."

On her team's mindset entering the WNIT
"We've had a tough schedule. Along the way we've done some good things and some not so good things. This is the start of a new season. We've talked about this being our fourth season. This is the postseason so we're re-gearing. With a team that is returning so many players like we're returning next year, we can use this for momentum going into next year."

On if Tulane can make a run like it did a year ago
"When you play the quality of teams we've got ahead of us in this WNIT, you've got to take it one game at a time. You've got to go out and try and play your best game every night. It's a little different pressure than trying to get seeded for a conference tournament. You know that when you lose, you're done. Hopefully that'll give us some motivation to play a little harder."



On what Tulane has to do to control the game against Mississippi State
"They have a dominant post player who leads the league in blocked shots and she's their leading scorer. Handling a big player like that and being able to contain her a little bit is one key. Another is their defense. They use a pressure defense and they're going to try and create steals. We're going to have to work for our shots and use screens. Their defense really is their trademark and we're going to have to handle that."