Coach Balcomb: I just think that tonight was definitely a team effort. I liked the way that our team responded to the full court pressure that they put on. I think they had a great game plan. They pressured us for forty minutes, and they put us in a tough situation down the stretch. They hit big shots. I think the biggest thing I was proud of is my players played as a team and got the ball to the right people at the important times, and different people stepped up all games.
The Press: Can you talk about Carla and Ashley . . . ?
Coach Balcomb: Well, Carla was a lot more aggressive
tonight than the last time we played Florida, and she got real
aggressive early from the high post. We knew that they would front Ashley and
come around a lot in the low post, and they did early, and we couldn't
get Ashley any looks on the block, so it was really important that Carla
was aggressive from the high post; I don't think she scored a point
inside, it was all from the high post. And then in second half as they
tired, we were able to get the ball in at the low block, and they adjusted
and did a better job with Carla at the high post, and it's kind of like
their emphasis was to shut down Carla because she had a big half, and
then we went inside to Ashley. So it was a really good combination to
have, to be able to go to one or the other.
The Press: Coach, what did you talk about at halftime?
Coach Balcomb: : We talked a lot about ball pressure.
What I thought we did a good job of defensively was ball pressuring
them, and . . . every time they picked it up, we had good ball
pressure,and we did a good job defensively until-- you take away those last two
3's, and-- last time we played them, they scored a points on us. It was
just a shootout. So our goal was really to focus on our defensive
intensity. And then I talked a lot about check out because they're so
athletic, and I knew they would come crashing even harder in the second half.
The Press: And how about down the stretch when they
were making their run and the crowd got loud? What were you talking about
during the timeouts during the last several minutes of the game?
Coach Balcomb: I think it was really important down
the stretch that we take smart shots and that we execute our offenses
through and not take quick shots. We got a big lead and then took some
quick shots and kind of lost our head for a few minutes, and they went
down and scored. And we needed to be careful and come down an execute our
offenses and either get fouled or score. Make sure that we have great
shot selection at that point. And I wanted sure I knew that they were
trapping Dee and that everybody was coming back and being available to
her to get the ball and not running away from Dee.
The Press: What differences did you see in the Florida
team from the last time you played them until this time?
Coach Balcomb: I didn't see that much of a difference
other than that they pressed full court which they didn't last time,
and I had seen that on film, and we were ready for them to press. They
were much more aggressive in the full court than they were last time.
They didn't press us until they were down at the end of the game, and they
pretty much played us halfcourt man to man. That's the biggest
difference is they played a full court game and ran and trapped all game and
were very very aggressive defensively.
The Press: Do you think a team like Florida if they
get up to .500 can go to the NCAA tounament this year from this
Coach Balcomb: Yeah, I think that the conference is
very strong this year. I don't know what people are saying on a national
level, but I've only been in the league for three years, and I think
this might even be the strongest year that I've been here as far as depth
in our conference. I think our conference is very deep. I think Florida
is a very good team, and a lot of it just has to do with your schedule,
and who you've played so far. There are still more games to go and the
SEC tournament. There's a lot of who've you played on the road and
who've you played at home and who you play twice. I just think it's a
really strong conference this year.
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