Mizzou 56, Alabama 59

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Feb. 9, 2014

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Mizzou Head Coach Robin Pingeton

Opening statement...
"I really appreciate the fans that came out tonight. We talk so much about trying to get that sixth man. This one hurts quite a bit. We felt like our backs were against the wall. I felt like we came out in that first half and played tight. I felt like everything seemed to pile on top of each other; everything got magnified. We took one possession and carried it over to the next possession. We had a chance at halftime to regroup a little bit and just talk about the mentality that you've got to play with for the next 20 minutes. I thought our girls had a good second half of basketball, but in this league you've got to be able to put 40 minutes together."

On how to jump start the offense...
"This is a really invested group and they have worked so hard and they want this so bad and they understand that we're trying to build a program. I felt bad for them at the beginning of the game because you could tell they were a step slow on everything. At some point, you just have to relax and have some fun out there and play the game. I think our offensive woes out there tonight are a little bit different than what they have been. Tonight we actually had some really good looks and we just weren't able to knock them down."

On the three post player strategy...
"It's something we toyed with in practice. We run a lot of motion, but we do have some sets and entries. I think it can be challenging for some of our personnel to learn multiple positions, so we haven't had a chance to look at that a lot, but we felt like tonight that we were really struggling from the perimeter."

On competing during the final few weeks...
"We're not going to quit. We're going to keep fighting and keep working hard. I think it's important for our staff and our players to remain focused. I'm a long way from surrendering."

Mizzou Freshman Kayla McDowell

On what made the difference in the game...
"I don't think it was the last few minutes, it was the whole game. We talk all the time about every possession counting and that's what it was."

On playing three post players...
"I think we have a little bit of size with all three of us combined. And Bri Kulas is a great shooter; it helped having her outside because it gave me and Jordan [Frericks] a little more room inside."

Mizzou Junior Morgan Eye

On what it will take to jumpstart the offense...
"For me, I felt like I got extremely good looks and I'm a junior now, so I expect to knock those down. I've got to do a better job of knocking down shots, and I think all of us do. We put a lot of time in the gym so we've got to knock them down."

On the difference in the second half...
"We had more of an emphasis on post touches and not just taking one pass and then shooting a three; maybe a little bit more of a rhythm shot."

On the first half struggles...
"I think we all just want it so bad. I know, for me, I got some really good looks that I'm not used to always getting - really wide open looks. When I miss it, I get very frustrated about it because I expect to make them because that's my role on the team. I think there's a little bit of frustration from that aspect because we knocked down threes but we have to make sure that we don't let our offense dictate our defense."

Alabama Head Coach Kristy Curry

Opening Statement...
"I am just really proud of our grittiness on the road today and finding a way to make a few plays down the stretch. It was a great game. This Missouri team plays the game so hard and shoots the ball so well and so much fun to watch. We are really fortunate to sneak out of here with a win. This is a hard place to play and I have experienced that in the Big 12. There was a great crowd today and I appreciate all the support of Play4Kay and we are just really fortunate."

On the solid defensive effort in the first half...
"I thought that early we had to make sure we did not give their shooters a lot of confidence. We wanted to have a hand in their face and change our defenses in the first half. I thought that was able to keep them off step for a second and find a way to have them miss a few. We are fortunate. They still got some great looks, but we were just fortunate."

On junior, Sharin Rivers' fifth straight start...
"She is just toughness. She has had one of the best junior college coaches in the country in Madonna Thompson. You can get after her and she is not scared of anything. It is kind of one of those things that dynamite comes in small packages and she just has really brought toughness and a level of no fear to our team lately. It makes a big difference to our team on the road or at home. She is just a gritty, little player."

On improving before the SEC Tournament...
"We just have to continue to be better. Our goal everyday is to be better than we were the day before and to win the day. We talk everyday at Alabama from the moment we stepped on campus about win the day in the classroom, the court and the community. I have just been really pleased about how this team has rallied behind the things we have asked them to do. You are starting to see that carry over into the 94 feet."

 

 

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