Mizzou 82, Auburn 76

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Jan. 6, 2013

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Mizzou vs. Auburn
Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013
Mizzou Arena
Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Robin Pingeton Quotes

Opening Statement...
"I appreciate the fan support, I thought they were outstanding and it really meant a lot. Happy for our players, that was a great win."

On outrebounding Auburn...
"I think this team was so determined coming out at home and we had a great opportunity in front of them. We talked before the game about the toughness and the fight we had to compete and every possession and really playing in the present. We certainly knew they had a height advantage and a girth advantage. We just really wanted to get at their knees and limit their second and third shot opportunities. I just felt like our kids fought and they played with the kind of toughness that you have to play with night in and night out make yourself successful."

On building the program...
"I don't know how many of you guys have been around what it takes to build a program, but I tell you this: it is all part of the process. I don't know if where we are at today if we didn't have a tough, challenging loss at Memphis and you don't play at Georgia. There is not one game that is going to define this team or this season. No loss or no win will define this team. This is a process. We are laying a foundation, brick by brick, and there are a lot of lessons that can be learned from wins and from losses. We are going to continue to stay the course. We are going to continue to get out of every game and situation and practice situation and we are going to continue to stay the course and get better as a team, collectively. Building a program does not happen over night. It takes a lot of time and hard work."

On Morgan Eye's historic night...
"This kid has brought me to tears a couple of times in a positive way. I am really proud of her. She is such a great team player. 100 percent committed to what is on the front of her jersey. This is a kid that could easily be in the lineup. She puts in a lot of time. I think she had an outstanding freshman year, and I see a different maturity in her this year and that is something you expect with season under your belt. I love her focus. I love her intensity, whether it is a team meeting or a practice, game. She is pretty steady and dialed in."

Mizzou Sophomore Guard Morgan Eye

On what was working from the 3-point line tonight...
"My teammates just kept working to get me open, I kept getting some awesome looks. I think I could have had that one; Bri Kulas hit me with a really good pass but my hands were sweaty and it went through my hands. My teammates just kept looking for me, kept hitting me, and kept giving me some really good looks."

On how were you able to get open so many times...
"I think our girls do a good job of penetrating the paint and they draw a lot of attention and then I would try to sneak in behind and they are looking for me and I think that is how I got a lot of my looks today."

On dealing with the full court pressure...
"I think they know we want to get the ball to Kyley Simmons and Lianna Doty to dribble it up the floor. They know that they want to put pressure on Maddie Stock or myself, but I think we just need to have poise and we can get our point guards open, but we can dribble it up the floor as well."

Mizzou Freshman Guard Lianna Doty

On how was Morgan Eye able to get open so many times...
"I think it goes back to, I want to say Liz Smith, did a really good job of screening her and rescreening her and that is a hard cover because if you do switch then you have a post switching out on her and she can shot fake and drive the lane. Just attacking the paint, Bri Kulas was attacking really well and I was just getting into the lane and they have to collapse, unless they want to give you that wide open layup. So that's really important. Yesterday Morgan and I were working on how she gets open and giving her passes on a lot of flares and things like that. It's just us working together and her knocking them down; as a point guard you want to give her the ball because you know she is going to knock it in."

On having multiple options of offense on your team...
"Yeah, I mean definitely on the offensive end, we have a lot of weapons everybody can shoot it. All of us get in the gym and get up shots, or most of us. So we step in with confidence and that always puts a lot of pressure on the opposing team when they think they can just guard one person, that's not how it is. If they are going to leave me wide open then sure, I'll shoot it."

Auburn Head Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy

On the 82-76 loss to the Missouri Tigers...
"I thought we did all the things that we normally do to win a basketball game. We forced them in to 22 turnovers, we had numerous starters in double figures, we had 17 assists - we did everything that we usually do and everything that we've done to be on our winning streak, except defending the three point line."

On defending Missouri behind the 3-point arch...
"I think it was the difference in the whole game (Missouri's three-point shooting). Every time we made a run, we went down and gave up a 3 and that takes a lot out of you. The majority of the game, we were not really down by a lot of points, but if you're down by four and you give up a three, now you're down seven, so I really think that was the problem all game long. They run a very good offense, they execute well and keep you spread and if you're one step late, it can hurt you.

On Morgan Eye historic night shooting the basketball...
"No. 30 (Morgan Eye) is a flat out shooter. She could have come out tonight and shot it with her eyes closed. When shooters come out and feel confident and knock down those first couple of shots, there is really nothing you can do about it.

 

 

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