Nov. 12, 2012
Louisiana Tech head coach Teresa Weatherspoon
"We asked our kids to box out and rebound the basketball with every ounce of energy. We had to put a body on people. We didn't do that very well. We didn't go down and execute offensively. We weren't very sure of ourselves in any facet of the game. It's disappointing. I am disappointed in the way we competed and represented ourselves tonight."
"If you never get down on defense ... you have to meet them early and not allow them to plant themselves and turn and score. These are the things we worked on the last few days. I don't know if it was jitters or if we were afraid to compete. It didn't translate over. We know they are a good team and a well-coached team, but we didn't play like we are capable."
"I thought Lulu and Jasmine came to play. They enjoyed the physicality of the game. We have other kids who can do it but they have to do it and do it on a consistent basis. We can't just do it in practice. We have to go back to the drawing board. We know that there are going to be bumps and bruises this year.”
"It's about growing up and learning from all of these mistakes we are making. We don't want to lose confidence. It's a matter of putting it out there night in and night out. We will find a way to get it done."
South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley
“Overall I thought it was a great game. I thought our players really executed what we planned to execute. I always felt throughout the game that we could never get away, they were always around, always into the game. Thankfully at the end of it we pulled away a little bit.”
On Ashley Bruner and Aleighsa Welch:
“We knew coming into the game that post play would be important and it was. The two fouls that they each got in the first half really allowed Louisiana Tech to stay around. I think it was part of their game plan to zone in on our post players and they did a good job with that. Our post players played with a couple fouls early in the second half and played through it.”
On Ieasia Walker:
“Ieasia has been our leader all season long. She has done a tremendous job of sharing the ball. I was happy to see her take some shots and hit some shots. Hopefully we will get the ball rolling with her distributing the ball as well as putting some points on the scoreboard.”
On coaching against Teresa Weatherspoon:
“It was a real fun game and I knew that both teams would be well coached because of the positions that we play. Spoon is a perfectionist. I think she has a very, very good team. They play disciplined basketball and you know where their shots are going to come from. That is the mark of a good coach, when your kids are able to execute it [the game plan]. Tonight I thought we were just a little bit quicker to the ball and sometimes it is like that, especially bringing in two young basketball teams into the game.”
On Tech making a run late in the first half, early in the second half:
“They put us back on our heels. The primary reason was our two starting post players were on the bench and that allowed them to open up their game a little bit. Lulu Perry is hard for us to handle. I thought she came out and did some tremendous things. The point guard did a good job of running her basketball team and setting people up. For us, we are lucky to come out with the win.
On what they saw versus what they expected:
“They were the team we saw on film. I thought they would probably not stick to the game plan as much as they did only because of their youth. Spoon has them playing and she is coaching them up. I think they will be a team that will hopefully make it to the NCAA Tournament because I always want to see my fellow Hall of Famers make it to the tournament.”