The Press: What do you think happened in the second half?
Coach Balcomb: Well, we came out flat. We didn't
defend, and they got wide open looks and went on a 9-0 run. Frankly that's
how we've been coming out in the second half, not with the energy
defensively like we have been doing in the first half. We gave them a lot of
open looks in the first half; they just didn't knock them down. In the
second half, they knocked those open looks down. We made a lot of poor
decisions on defense, couldn't cut off the drive, left the shooters
wide open that could shoot, and they knocked them down in the second half.
We also got in foul trouble and fouled too much. The difference is 22
out of 29 free throws and us 5 out of 7 -- and the difference was the
same at halftime. When I saw what they were shooting at half, they were
shooting really poorly and we were only up 8, free throws were the
problem, and it continued to be the problem.
The Press: Were you surprised that they
(inaudible) matchup? I think they went man pretty much the second half from
what I could see.
Coach Balcomb: Yeah, they played man most of the game.
They've been playing zone all year. They've been pressing like they
did, but they've been going back into a zone, and against us, nobody
really zones us, so we had worked on some zone, but figuring their best
defense against us probably would be man, we were prepared for it, just
didn't execute well against it.
The Press: 25 turnovers and foul trouble. It's
happened before this year. Is there any rhyme or reason to it?
Coach Balcomb: No, the tough thing is we're getting a
lot of turnovers by everyone, not just the guards. Our posts are
turning the ball over a lot. That's how you get a lot of turnovers. Your
guards have the balls in their hands a lot and get a lot of turnovers, but
our posts are getting offensive fouls, which is a turnover, and they're
getting 3-second calls, and we've been doing this since the start of
the season, and haven't made a lot of those changes, and in SEC play,
it's really going to hurt you.
The Press: You had a lot of points in the post
tonight, unlike your game earlier in the week. Especially early in the first
half, your posts pretty much dominated. Did you intentionally change
anything in the second half?
Coach Balcomb: No, we still tried to get the ball into
the post. We were very pleased with our posts getting the touches they
did, because we were disappointed against Tennesee we didn't. A lot of
it depends on the defense and what they're giving you. They were giving
us outside shots, especially Caroline hit two for three, and they were
letting our posts just go one on one in the post. In the second half, I
thought they did a much better job getting around in the post and did
not give us near as many looks insidie as they did in the first half.
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