Postgame Quotes vs. Mississippi State



Feb. 20, 2014

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Alabama Head Coach Kristy Curry
Opening Statement:
“I’m just proud of our kids with the perseverance, character and fight down the stretch, and finding a way to make plays. I thought we made free throws when we had to, and obviously that’s an area of improvement. I thought the biggest key to the game down the stretch was following the scout and the tendencies and understanding exactly what the game plan was defensively, and we stuck with it and were able to get a few stops.”

On what changed in overtime:
“I thought that we took good shots and really let the game come to us. The shots that we hit were the tendencies of who shot them. We need to let the game come to us and take good shots and were fortunate down the stretch that they went in. I was pleased that we kept shooting. Shafontaye (Myers) seems to have ice water in her veins sometimes, and I knew it was going in. To want the ball in that situation says a lot about her.”

#33 Sharin Rivers, Guard
On her confidence in taking on a scoring mentality when others aren’t hitting shots:
“If my teammates aren’t hitting shots, then I know that it’s my time to step up and try to help my team out in the best way that I can.”

#12 Shafontaye Myers, Guard
On what was the difference in overtime:
“We just stayed together. We’ve been here before, so we just kept our composure and fought it out and were positive the whole time.”

#20 Ashley Williams, Forward
On building on this victory going into the next game:
“We just need to come out the same way that we came out today. It’s one game down, and we have three left until the tournament.”

Mississippi State Head Coach Vic Schaefer
Opening Statement:
“Hats off to Kristy Curry and her staff and her team. They battled all night and obviously they did a lot better job in the second half of attacking us. Twenty three points in the first half, and then they turn around and get 36 points in the second half. Hats off to them and their kids. They certainly made big shots when they needed to and got some big stops when they needed to.”

On what the difference in the game was:
“At the end of the day, execution, our inability to stop dribble penetration and their ability to get to the rim. We’re in basically a zone with 5.6 seconds (left in the second half) and they still get to the rim. We are playing like we are inexperienced and young and immature. That’s who we are. That’s our team. Our freshmen are playing a lot of minutes. Both of our four players foul out tonight. The freshmen are going to learn. They’re going to get it. It’s just painful right now to go through some of the things that are going on with our basketball team. We didn’t play very smart tonight, and we take pretty good pride in that and we just didn’t play smart. That’s the first thing I wrote on the board in the locker room after the game. That killed us.”

#10 Martha Alwal, Center
On her night tonight:
“It is my fault. I had a lot of shots right under the basket, and I need to be stronger and finish, so it’s all on me.”

On the team’s execution tonight:
“For one we know that they like shooting the three, and there were so many times that they were uncontested. I think that was a big part of it. We didn’t play defense with our feet, and we kept hacking the whole game. I think that really killed us. We didn’t talk on defense, and that was a big part of it.”

#00 Dominique Dillingham, Guard
On playing point guard tonight:
“It was kind of scary at first. I was a little afraid, but I thought I got into it and felt more comfortable.”