Dec. 30, 2003
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL December 30, 2003
Tennessee 65 GW 51
Post-game comments GW Coach Joe McKeown on keeping the game close most of the way "That wasn't my goal. My goal was to beat them. When you're GW and you've been in NCAA tournaments, and you have four seniors...this team's not about moral victories. I loved our effort defensively and on the glass. Offensively, I'm disappointed in the way we didn't score when we needed to."
"Obviously, you need to give Tennessee credit because they played great defense when they needed to. But we couldn't take advantage of the opportunities when we had them. Hopefully it's a great gauge to find out where we are, and it'll carry over into the conference. And maybe we'll get to play them again in March."
on Tennessee's edge in offensive rebounding "They're just relentless going to the glass. We got tired, they got loose balls that turned into layups for them, and they were big plays....Offensive rebounding is their speciality, but I thought we did a pretty good job in the last 10 minutes."
"When you play teams at the level of Tennesee and Connecticut, you have to score. Defensively, you can stop them for a while, but you have to put the ball in the basket, and you have to take tough shots."
on the depth of Tennessee's bench "That's why they've been in the Final Four so many times--they can mix and match parts. [Coach Summitt] can send a message and start different players like she did tonight, so she's bringing All-Americans off the bench. I don't have that luxury, but I'm proud of our team. We just have to get a little bit better offensively."
evaluating this Tennessee team after having played them 3 times
"This team is a little younger than the past teams we've played. It's like this Tennessee is trying to find itself. It was a great opportunity to come in and try to knock them off."
on how GW has changed over those games "Tennessee had a harder time defending us. There were a couple of times when we gave them some matchup problems...I don't think offensive rebounds killed us. We missed layups, couldn't convert when we had the chance to. If we had put it together, we would've won by six or eight points."
Anna Montanana evaluating this Tennessee team after having played them 3 times "They are not the same. They are looking for their big-time scorers, and don't play the same offense."
Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt on whether switching the lineup helped get the team back on track "The main thing that paid off was our recognition of what defense can mean when we bring pressure....Our starters did a great job tonight of coming out and playing very aggressive. We knew they were going to get some inside looks, but we wanted to make them work for everything. And for the most part, we did that."
on the extensive substituting in the 1st half "I wanted to go deep into our bench because I thought that'd be an advantage for us. If we could keep the tempo up and rest some people...we wanted to have some fresh legs in the second half."
on starting the 2nd half with six turnovers "It was very careless basketball. We can't be a great team and do that...They were dropping back and inviting us to take the shot. We need to be mindful that it's there, but we need to use the clock...They did a good job of coming out and trapping and disrupting us; we just didn't match their intensity."