Mizzou 43, No. 6 Kentucky 69



Jan. 13, 2013

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Mizzou vs. No. 6 Kentucky
UK 69, Mizzou 43
Jan. 13, 2013
Mizzou Arena - Columbia, Mo.

Mizzou Head Coach Robin Pingeton

Opening Statement...
"First of all I appreciate everyone coming out today. It's been a challenging week for us. That's an awfully good Kentucky team. I was proud of our girls. I thought that we improved since Tennessee. Every game we will get better and as we figure out what this league it like. We still have a lot of work to do but we are very growth-minded; we know what we did do well, what we need to work on and what we need to improve on.

On having next week off...
"I think it is a great week off. It's been a tough couple of weeks. Just the way the schedule worked out for us and we have respect for every team you play. Anything can happen on any given night, but when you are looking at three top-20 teams right out of the gates, it is pretty challenging for a young, inexperienced team. Also, I think that if you go into it with the right mind set and these young ladies do. We talk through the process and we can't be defined by that scoreboard. We need to get better and make adjustments and grow through these experiences and then I think it will be very beneficial."

On adjustments made this week...
"I personally feel like the adjustments and the growth we have seen since the Tennessee game. I think we got taken to the woodshed at the Tennessee game for our transition defense. I know that Kentucky scored a lot tonight in transition and there is a positive. We finally got Sydney Crafton playing again at the level we know she is capable of playing at. That is a positive. I feel like we can continue our rebounding, but we are battling on the boards. Offensively, we are still working on playing with poise. I think as you continue to play these athletic teams to understand transition and getting open looks."

Senior Forward Sydney Crafton

On 3-point shooting...
"We knew after a couple of games that we are known for 3-point shooting so we knew they were going to guard it harder. Everyone did a good job of reading how they were playing and we adjusted to that.

On things that went right...
"I just remember getting in the huddle and we got together and were just like: `if we are going to do this, we are going to do it together' and we just played team basketball. We played team defense, we boxed out, and we moved the ball. That's how we got our shots. They were open looks and we ran the court. It was just a team effort. We calmed down and gathered ourselves and played."

On playing three top-20 teams in their first four SEC games...
"It's definitely tough, but I think it helped us a lot. It has helped us since our first game against Georgia. We know what to expect. Going into these other games, they shouldn't be as nerve-racking since we know what to expect, how to react, and what it takes. I like it; we can only get better from here."

On ending the beginning of game scoring drought...
"I think it starts with defense. When you get stops, you can come back on offense. I think it's a defensive mindset to get the stops and come back on offense. It doesn't help when they keep scoring and scoring."

Junior Forward Bri Kulas

On Kentucky defense...
"I think they pressured us a lot, it was pretty good. Probably the best we've seen all year. I think it is frustrating but we just need to keep our composure and be poised with the ball and limit our turnovers."

On playing three top-20 teams to open SEC play...
"I think what coach said - we need to continue to grow every day and those games helped us for our future games against other competition."

Kentucky Guard A'dia Mathies

On their defensive against the 3-point shot...
"We know that, we have on our scouting report, that they were leading the NCAA in 3-pointers per game and their team, every player that shot 3's was shooting over 35-percent. So we just knew that that was a big part of their game and we wanted to shut that down in particular. And I think we did a great job of that and just chasing them off of the three-point line."

On getting the road win... "I think it's very important, especially on the road just to get a lead on the team in their hometown when they've got their home crowd in front of them. I think any win we can get on the road is a great win."

On getting through scoreless 8-minutes...
"Just believing in our defense and trying to make stops and not letting the lead get too far and having them come back. I think just running our defense and believing our shots were going to fall.

Kentucky Center DeNesha Stallworth

On Kentucky's start of the game....
"Getting off to a great start definitely helps our team and it brings a lot of energy so I think the team did a great job on their start today."

On handling adversity ....
"I think the main area of progress is just staying as a team when adversity hits. Just having he confidence in the team. You know, A'dia may have 30 in one game and I may have two in another game but we just don't worry about that. We're really focused on playing as a team and I think that that definitely plays in our favor."

Kentucky Head Coach Mathew Mitchell

On defending against Mizzou's potent 3-point shooting...
"It takes great commitment from the players. I asked them to hustle first and focus second. We have a lot of respect for Missouri and their offense, especially their movement and ability to shoot the ball. I couldn't be more happy with my team - it was a supreme effort - I'm very impressed with their hustle today."

On Mizzou's future in the SEC...
"I talked to Robin before the game and I'm absolutely convinced that by playing a unique style - which Missouri does - that you can have great success in this league. A couple of years ago we adopted a style that was different from the rest of the league and it's been very successful for us. Sometimes being different can really help you. Vanderbilt is another example of a team that plays a unique style and they too have been wildly successful. Robin does a great job here and we had to battle today to get this win - I expect them to do very well in the Southeastern Conference going forward."



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