Alabama vs. Mississippi State: Postgame Quotes



Jan. 12, 2012

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Head Coach Wendell Hudson
On playing better than the last game but not getting the result they wanted:
“We played better and gave a better effort. We played hard. We still had some situations where we didn’t play as smart as we needed to play. We had some people step in and play in some minutes that they hadn’t played before. We have to be appreciative of that. When it got down to the stretch, we got kind of clogged and bogged down. We couldn’t get the ball in the basket. We had some opportunities and just didn’t convert.”

On the stats going in Alabama’s favor except for Mississippi State’s three-point game:
“We knew that they were a good three-point shooting team, so there was not a question about that. Sometimes when we were trying to play our zone, we didn’t rotate out and get a hand up on the shooters. They did a great job of making the shots. You have to give them credit. They did an outstanding job of making the shots. When the score was tied on the next to last play I thought we played pretty good defense and we shot the ball, missed it and didn’t come up with the rebound and they scored. Really they got the lead off of that score. From that point on we were just trying to catch up with 18 seconds left. We were just trying to get a shot off, and we weren’t doing a very good job of that. It always comes down to little bitty plays. It’s not the great plays that end up beating you, it’s the little plays. You have to box out and rebound every play. You have to give Mississippi State credit. They came out and made the shots they needed to make. We did not take care of the basketball and go and rebound the ball and not give them that second possession. For most of the game, we did a pretty good job. If you look at it, they only had 12 offensive rebounds. We did ok for most of the game but every play is important.”

On missing Shafontaye Myers and Jessica Merritt and having 20 turnovers:
“With some of those turnovers though, you have to look at who committed them. Khristin Lee only had two turnovers and she was handling the ball more than some of the other ones. Aneesah Daniels was called traveling on the jump shot at the elbow, and we’ve talked to her the last few practices about shooting the basket right there from the elbow. She’s going to the basket, and they are calling traveling and stepping out of bounds. She needs to just relax and shoot the basketball.”

No. 5 Celiscia Farmer, Guard
On the biggest challenge:
“Really, we just had to stay consistent. There were times when we were really consistent and then we took that break. Tonight that break cost us.”

On how the injuries were an impact:
“It was a big factor, but we trust each other. We knew that someone had to step up.”

No. 3 Jasmine Robinson, Guard
On what they can take from this game into the season:
“We just have to keep working. We need to trust each other to get the job done and fight for it with the people that we have. Just don’t give up.”

On overcoming the injuries tonight:
“For stretches we did. Then we had some mental lapses. That is what cost us. Everyone did a great job and worked together. We just need to learn to do that for 40 minutes instead of half of the game.”