The Press: What happened on the possession where you had a chance to go ahead with about 9 seconds left?
Coach Balcomb: All we wanted to do was see if we
could get a quick look for Abi, and they defended it well, and then we were
going right into one of our zone offenses - they'd been in zone all
that time -- and we just over-penetrated into the zone. We just rushed
things instead of being patient.
The Press: At that point didn't you just need somebody
to get a shot up to get a stick back or something?
Coach Balcomb: Yeah. I'd love for somebody to have
gotten a shot up. Abi just over-penetrated and threw a pass that Carla
didn't catch. Yeah, you want to get a shot up. It's disappointing that we
The Press: Coach, is it kind of disappointing how
sloppy the game was, being the last non-conference game coming into the SEC
Coach Balcomb: They're very very athletic, and I knew
that they would trap us a lot. I think that made it tough, handling the
pressure, and we hadn't seen that pressure since Western Kentucky, and
I thought they did a great job pressuring us, and yeah, they forced us
into more turnovers than we've probably had all year, and that's
something we've been working on and gotta continue to work on.
The Press: You said this was kind of a test game for
the SEC. You wanted to be challenged. Can that be a positive out of this
Coach Balcomb: I hope so. A lot of good things came
out of our loss against Western, and our kids I know will want to come
back strong after this game, and we'll learn from it, and I'll have their
attention. You can count on that tomorrow.
The Press: Was that a little bit of a factor tonight
with Katie sitting on the bench?
Coach Balcomb: Yeah. I'm certainly not going to make
an excuse, but Katie Antony plays 40 minutes a game, and she plays five
positions. I call her "the glue." She plays every spot on the floor.
She starts at the 3 and backs us up at the point and backs us up at the
post and backs us up at the shooting guard. You name it, we've had her
learning every position. To be honest with you, it really was tough
because you had Caroline and Cherish playing a lot more minutes than they
normally play. .And Katie had been the fourth post player, and Carla
got very tired and had to play more minutes. So she's been filling every
gap and every hole, but I certainly don't want to use that as an
excuse. But depth was-we definitely lacked the minutes that we needed in a
game like this.
The Press: Without having looked at the film, what
positives can you take away from this game?
Coach Balcomb: I think we played in spurts. We had a
10 or 12 point lead in the second half. I think the positive that we can
take from it is that we did get some big shots in certain situations.
Not at the end of the game obviously, but there were times where they
went ahead, and we came back strong, which we didn't do at Western. And
then they went ahead, the see-saw back and forth. I thought we carried
ourselves much better in the second half. Our body language and our
confidence and came out stronger in the second half than we did in the
first. And a lot of it's maturity. We're a young team and have the ball in
young people's hands. And like I said tonight, Cherish and Caroline,
guards going against this kind of competition that haven't played that
much is different. And Abi and Dee had to play every minute, and they
knew it, so that's difficult.
The Press: NC State obviously got back in the game
shooting 3's. What was going on there?
Coach Balcomb: What was going on there? [#2] hit four
3's in a row, and we never made an adjustment and never made her put it
on the floor. Those are again learning situations. They have to make
those adjustments on the floor during close games, and they know that.
They were told what to do, but didn't go out there and do it, so those
are adjustments they're going to have to make in game situations, and
those are the things we already have started talking about with them.
The Press: Coach, I know it gets lot in the grand
scheme of things, but can you talk about Abi breaking the 3-point record?
Coach Balcomb: She's been the best 3-point shooter
that I've had since I've been here, and I know today her percentage
probably wasn't real good - 4 for 13-but she's one of the best 3-point
shooters in the country. It's such a huge asset to have a player like that
because -- I know we were talking about this the other day -- even if
she's not hitting, somebody has to guard her all the time, and it opens up
other people, especially our post players, and it's just nice to have
that shooter you can count on, night in and night out.
The Press: Coach, Ashley didn't score in the last
6:30. Were they doing something to take it away or were you all just not
Coach Balcomb: They went zone and packed it in.
Absolutely. They went to their zone and just packed it inside, and our guards
had to make plays and take shots and didn't make those plays and didn't
take those shots or make those shots. But year, they really packed it
in on us and we didn't hit from the outside.
Coach Balcomb left, then senior guard Abi Ramsey and senior forward
Ashley Earley came to the table for questions.
The Press: Abi, what was happening for you defensively
with Stockdale, #2 for them?
Abi: Well, we just didn't make an adjustment. She hit
a three, I think she might have hit two in a row, and still we gave her
two wide open looks, and luckily she missed those. I mean, we went into
our full court press and just didn't make the adjustment once we got
back down the court. That's something that's shown while we play these
more athletic, more competitive teams. You can't lose a scorer.
The Press: Does playing forty minutes and having to
D-up on Stockdale, does that take your legs out from under you when
you're trying to shoot?
Abi: Well, this probably is my first forty minute
game, but I don't think I blame it on just that. I was rushing shots. They
did a good job of pressuring me on the guard playing with me. I don't
think it was so much my legs. I felt like I didn't have a good hand on
the ball all night.
The Press: Can you talk about the play where there was
10 seconds left and you didn't get the shot up? There was a turnover
there. Coach said it was saying it was over-penetrating and having
nowhere to go with the ball. Describe what happened.
Abi: Yeah, well, we ran a special offense, and they
took away our first option, and instead of keep on running the offense,
we kind of all froze, picked up our dribble. We didn't have anyone - we
could have drawn, dished, done something. We just-I think just kind of
freaked out. That was the first time we've been in a situation like
that this season, and it's just something we're going to have to learn
The Press: Is there a sense of relief knowing that the
record's behind and not having to have questions about it?
Abi: I don't think I knew until just a few days ago
that I was that close to beating it. That doesn't-It's a bittersweet
feeling right now. Like, I mean, it's nice to have a legacy here, but at
the same time I would rather not have gotten that tonight and gotten a
The Press: Ashley, what kind of adjustments did you
try to make at halftime?
Ashley: Coach said we were winning the game, but we
were losing in every category. Rebounding was a big thing. They were
getting a lot of offensive boards, a lot of put backs. That was one
adjustment we had to make. What was another one?
Abi: One thing also she said before the game was we
needed to be low and slow. And we definitely didn't do that. We were just
like run and gun the whole first half. It just kind of progressed into
the second half. If we could have been patient and just run our
offenses through and through to the second, third and fourth options, it would
have been a lot different ball games.
The Press: Ashley, what do you feel like the team can
learn from losing a game like this at home?
Ashley: Take every possession like it's the last, I
think. There are a lot of little things we've been doing and been getting
away with. We've been beating people by, what, 40 points a game? But
this was an every possession game, and we learned that the hard way
tonight. We lost by, what, one point? I mean, there are lots of little
things you can go back and look at - free throw checkout. I let a girl get
a board on a free throw checkout and we lost by one point. It was a
two-point bucket. We just have to take better care of the ball and
understand that basketball - the kind of basketball we're about to play - is
an every possession basketball game.
The Press: Is it kind of frustrating for you
personally to go the last 6 and a half minutes - I'm not even sure you touched
the ball, I know you didn't score -- to not be able to do anything more
for your team offensively?
Ashley: It's just - I have to communicate, and I have
to be more aggressive. You know what I mean? I think that if I would
have demanded for the ball, they would not have looked the other way. I
have to want the ball at the end of the game, and I have to be more
talkative. I think that's what it is.
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