UCLA-Tennessee Postgame Quotes
Nov. 28, 2009
UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell
(On family support at Thompson-Boling Arena): "It was great. I brought a bag full of stuff for them to wear. It's always good to have my family around. They are loyal fans. I threatened my mom today. I told her, `Three-hundred-and-sixty-four days out of the year you can be all about Tennessee, but this one day that we play you have to wear the blue and gold.'"
(On her assessment of the Bruins): "I thought we played hard, but didn't always play smart. We didn't finish on our defense. I thought we threw different looks at them, but we didn't capitalize because we didn't keep them off the boards. We gave up second and third opportunities and I think that really hurt us. Then putting them at the free throw line was another area that we struggled at. All in all, I'm very pleased that we did not give up and that we fought on every possession.
(On freshman Markel Walker, who had game highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds): "Walker has been very consistent for us. She's a kid that pretty much averages a double-double. I like her ability to take the ball off the glass, penetrate and look to kick. I was very pleased with her effort coming into one of the bigger crowds she's played in front of ever. I thought she stepped up to the challenge."
(On if it was strange being in the visitor's locker room after being a Lady Vol player and assistant coach): "Today at shootaround I just went and sat at the visitors' bench and I thought, `wow this is a little different.' It was different going into the locker room because I had been used to going into a museum, with all of the trophies. I never feel like a visitor coming back home, though. It's a game. We both went out there and competed. Anytime you can be on TV promoting women's basketball and bringing more attention to your program, you accept that challenge."
(On Lady Vol Head Coach Pat Summitt deciding to have the team practice tomorrow on what was originally an off day): "I think (Pat) Summitt looks at the future. Everything that she does is for a reason. I would probably be in agreement with her if I was still on staff here. There were some things we were able to exploit that I know didn't please her. If we didn't have to catch a plane and could stay the night, I would try to get some gym time too.
Tennessee Head Coach Pat Summitt:
(on what she said to the team at halftime): "You couldn't hear me? I said a lot. I was disappointed. Shekinna (Stricklen) didn't run the team like she should have. She looked like she was about to fall asleep. We have upperclassmen now. We have no seniors, but they have to take accountability for bringing intensity. Give Nikki (UCLA head coach Caldwell) and her staff credit. They were far more motivated than us and outplayed us in the first half. Our accountability wasn't there, and it's got to be there."
(on junior Angie Bjorklund): "Angie did a lot of good things. We had low energy today. It's not like we've been doing a lot of training. We've been preparing and doing our scouting report defense. It appeared that we didn't respect UCLA. We've got to grow up and get ready for every opponent."
(on UCLA): "Obviously, they did a great job defending us one-on-one, especially in the first half. They did a great job of breaking us down. They had dribble penetration wherever they wanted to go. Nikki (UCLA head coach Caldwell) did a great job. I never doubted that she would be successful. They'll win some games in the Pac-10. Their guard play was really good."
(on UCLA head coach Nikki Caldwell's family): "I knew they wouldn't have on orange. I love her family and have ever since I started recruiting her. And they can cook. They're great people. Nikki is a class act. I'm proud of her and proud for her. She gave her family strict orders there would be no orange or there would be no tickets."
(overall thoughts): "I'm not happy. I'm glad we won. I thought our maturity level would be above what it was."
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