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Nov. 26, 2013

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Head Women's Basketball Coach Robin Pingeton

Opening Statement:
"We have some work to do on containing dribble drives, I felt like we had too many unnecessary fouls in the first and second half. I think us getting in foul trouble early changed some of our rotations and it was hard to get an offensive flow going in the first half. I thought we did a much better job in the second half. Doty had one heck of a game for us tonight and I am very proud of her poise, toughness and leadership on the court. I felt like Tania Jackson, in the first time she has seen extended minutes, did a very good job for us. That is the great thing about having a deep bench you never know what night what kid is going to be on and I felt Maddie Stock did a good job and hit some key shots for us. We found a way to get the job done tonight and we will absolutely take the win, but we are very realistic in regards to knowing we have a lot of work to do, which you are supposed to this early in the season."

On the progression of the team so far...
"I feel like we are in a good position, but we are a long way from being satisfied. Sometimes you look at the scoreboard and it can be deceiving in regards to where you are at. We had one heck of a win at Tennessee-Martin against a very talented team. We came back from 19 down. I thought we came out a little flat tonight. Was that our players looking ahead to traveling tomorrow to Miami? For one reason or another I didn't feel like we were locked in at the level that we needed to be, but I am proud of where we are at, we have a young team."

On the upcoming schedule...
"Miami is going to be a great tournament. We are going to face some really athletic teams and traveling gives you the opportunity to continue to build relationships within your team which is great. You face different kinds of competition. Maybe teams you have not faced or would not have an opportunity to face. That will be good going top warm weather but coming back to your home court is something that is really important to our players and we talk about the pride that you have to take on the court night in and night out. You have to find a way to protect it. You have to win the games you are supposed to win and try to sneak out a few other ones along the way as you go through the journey of a season."

Sophomore Point Guard Lianna Doty

On the factors that led to the struggles on defense...
"It is a mentality we just have to be able to get down and flat out D-up and keep your defender in front of you. We talked a lot about it is just a mentality." On embracing her leadership role as a young point guard...
"I love it, it is the best position on the court, sometimes it is the most stressful position, but I love it."