Jan. 7, 2012
Head Coach Robin Pingeton
On offensive struggles in the second half....
"I think it was a little bit of both; I'm not surprised they went to their zone. They did the same thing to us last year late in the game at Tech and so we had prepared our girls for that. I think we got a little less aggressive with it. But with that being said we still had some open looks. I was more disappointed in our defense. We gave up 41 points off offensive rebounds and our turnovers. We had 41 out of 69 coming out of those two stat lines. We talk to our girls a lot about it being a 40-minute game and I felt like that first 20 minutes we were where we needed to be in terms of mentality and toughness and being locked in our focus and following the game plan. I felt like we lost that edge a little bit. That's part of changing the culture. It doesn't happen overnight, it's a work in progress to have that mentality where you expect success and you expect greatness and you have that discipline to execute for 40 minutes. It's a process."
On the mood after the game....
"Well, not very good. I just felt like we had our opportunities and we didn't finish it. Again it's a 40-minute game. I couldn't have been more pleased with the first half. It wasn't perfect, we had some breakdowns, but for the most part I felt like we were dialed in, our focus was where it needed to be. We followed the game plan. You know I just don't feel like we were able to sustain that mentality and that focus for 40 minutes and its unacceptable, it's absolutely unacceptable."
On offensive confidence....
"Confidence, offensively, comes from getting into the gym and continuing to work on your shot. I can't give them confidence they have to have confidence by putting the time and the work into that. To me the focus is on what we didn't get done, simply with our rebounding, taking care of the ball offensively, and losing that edge mentally. Not having that eye of the tiger, that killer instinct. We had an opportunity to do something they haven't done here and a while. We came close, but we didn't get it done."
Senior Christine Flores
On the upcoming road challenges.... "Every team in the Big 12 is a tough team, it's a really tough conference and we need to have the same mentality whether we are playing the number one team in the nation or whether we are playing a non-ranked team. The mentality, the focus, the intensity all has to be the same and consistent."
On focus at home versus on the road...
"It's a little bit more difficult on the road than it is at home, but it's something that once again that we have to be consistent with, we can't lose our focus or lose our intensity because we are on the road we have to have the same intensity we have here, but having our fans and having home court advantage is a big plus."
Junior Sydney Crafton
On her game developing over the last few games....
"I think I'm getting more confident. I would say that my teammates are more confident in me and that's helping me there and just getting comfortable and getting back into that groove."
Freshman Kyley Simmons
On her first games as a Big 12 point guard....
"I don't know, it's just basketball really. I guess the speed of the game and the size of the girls I'm going against is different, but it's still just basketball."
Texas Tech Head Coach Kristy Curry
Opening Statement... "I credit Missouri for doing a great job today, Coach Pingeton is doing a very good job and she is going to take this program to a very high level. We are just a couple of years ahead of her in the journey, and it takes time. She has done an unbelievable job and I love her team and the things that she is doing with them. Secondly, I think we talk about three things: to defend, to rebound, and to take care of the ball. I think there was about a ten minute stretch in the second half where we did those three things at a very high level. Those are the three things you can always control with great energy and great effort. I was pleased with those three things at the critical times down the stretch."
On the always finding a way to win...
"It says a lot about their character and their commitment and their hearts. They are a great group of kids who have worked really hard to get to this point. It was another first for us today. We hadn't won here and I am really happy for these players who have done something we have never done. We have got to stop playing spurts, but I have always said that the Big 12 is so good from top to bottom and there will be a three to four minute window that determines the game. We have got to continue to play together and to hold on tight to each other."
On defending Brock and Flores in the last few minutes...
"I think we just did a better job of going back to the game plan and scouts from the first half. I think that was a big disappointment. Everybody in America knows that Sydney Crafton is the penetrator and she has not shot that many threes and we just let her keep getting drive-bys and putting her on the foul line. We challenged the team at halftime to take away the strength of the perimeter players."
On not scoring in the paint for 20-minutes straight...
"They were really packing it in on us, but I challenged them at half time. We looked at the three touches at the shot chart, and we didn't do much on penetration and getting the ball into the paint. During the second half, we did a better job of reversing the ball out and going side to side. So, there are times where we have to be a smarter team, and I thought Missouri played very smart tonight." ________________________________________________________________________________
Senior Kierra Mallard
On the tradition of the Texas Tech program and overcoming struggles over the past few years...
"I think, for me, after being here for four years is our bonding on and off the court. We don't really argue anymore and when we do have a problem with somebody we go to them and sit down and talk to them. I just feel like we are all sisters now."
On playing in foul trouble...
"I had my coach in my ear telling me to keep my feet moving. I just had to get the help of my teammates. They were coming to double me and told my teammates to shoot the ball and I will try to rebound it."
Junior Chynna Brown
On the tradition of Texas Tech program and overcoming the struggles over the past few years...
"For me, I have played with all these girls now. I feel like the chemistry is all there now because we have all played a few years together. It is a good feeling and we always communicate with each other. If there is a problem, we go to each other and I feed off my teammates."
On scoring from the outside... "Most of the time, I come in knowing that I will score from the outside. At Missouri last year, I had a pretty good game, so I just came in this year trying to be aggressive. I try to make a play. Mostly, I try to play defense and make free throws."
On making a layup instead of pulling up for a jump shot...
"Most of the time I know that I will do a pull-up. I always feed off my teammates, and to see them jump up and the way they talk to me it also makes me feel good."
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