Women's Hoops: Florida postgame comments

Vanderbilt head coach Melanie Balcomb talked to the media after the loss at Florida.

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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