Post-Tennessee: Stanford Player Quotes

Stanford was not expected to beat Tennessee today, but after the Cardinal played toe-to-toe with the #1-ranked Lady Vols and let the game slip away, there was abject disappointment for players post-game. Brooke Smith hurt terribly after a nightmare afternoon shooting the ball. Candice Wiggins dealt with the difficulty of an eight-turnover game.

Candice Wiggins, Stanford Guard

On the play of Candace Parker:
It's great to see her out this year being able to play again.  She's basically the same, from when I played with her the past few summers.  Still very mobile and versatile in the post and doing a lot of things like rebounding.

On playing point guard:
I've had some experience [playing point guard].  When Kelley Suminski was in trouble, I'd run the point.  It's definitely different when you are trying to play 40 minutes at the point.  It's not really difficult; it's just different because I'm not necessarily looking for my shot all the time on offense.  I have a tendency to be more of a scorer, I just need to know when to do something and when not to.  It's not like it's a stressful situation; it's something that I'm comfortable with and learning.

On comparing the Tennessee loss from a year ago:
I think the disappointment comes from the fact that we all know we could have won this game.  It's the little things that we are capable of doing: boxing out every time, grabbing loose balls, making easy shots – we know we can do those things, and that's the most difficult and frustrating part.  It's not like a buzzer-beater beat us – it's the disappointment in ourselves.  It's not necessarily what they did, but what we could have done.

On the charge called against Kristen Newlin late in the second half:
I just knew that in the game, she helps us so much.  She gives us an inside presence, on offense and defense, and I think that was her fourth foul.  It took her out of the game physically, and it gave them the ball and the momentum.  It was hard on us, having her out of the game.

Brooke Smith, Stanford Center

On the play of Tennessee's post players:
They are big; they are athletic.  But it went both ways - we got the ball inside as well.  They made plays down the stretch.

On Tennessee's defense on her:
I think I missed some shots that I think I should have made.  It wasn't necessarily anything different than any of the other teams I've played against.

On Candace Parker:
She's just extremely versatile.  She has a great turnaround jump shot that you can't really block.  When she goes up for a rebound, her arms grab the ball.  She's very long and lanky.  She's so mobile.  She's got a great feel for the game and is great with her back to the basket.

On her first loss at Maples in her career:
It makes it more frustrating because we did have the crowd behind us, and it's obviously harder to go to Tennessee and play.  It makes it a bit harder.

On whether she was nervous or not before the game:
I don't think I came into this match nervous, honestly.  It was a big game and we were excited, but I didn't think I was nervous and that's why I missed those shots.

On learning from the loss and improving for the season:
That's what we're hoping to come of it.  You can learn a lot from a loss, and hopefully we'll do that.

On whether or not Tennessee will be the toughest team they'll play this year:
We'll see.  We still have a lot of tough teams to play this year, and you never know who we'll see in the Tournament.

On recovering from a tough game loss and how long it takes:
We'll go watch video, and at our next practice, we'll talk about it a little bit.  From there, we'll move on and see how we can improve.

On comparing this year's Tennessee team to last year's:
They are always extremely deep and talented.  They've got All-Americans all the way down the bench.  The team is quite similar [to last year].  Candace Parker is quite good, and she helps them out a lot.  They've always had big versatile fours; Shyra Ely was on the team lat year.  They have pretty much the same team as last year, I'd say.

On a rematch with Tennessee:
Yes.  Candice and I were just saying how we were ready to go again.  It's just really frustrating.


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