Post Game Quotes
Tulane 73, Southern Miss 71
Jan. 19, 2014
Head Coach Joye Lee-McNelis
"First of all, I think it was a great ball game, and hats off to Tulane. I'm a believer that big time players make big time plays, and that's Blagg did. We've not helped off of her all game, and we made a mental error and left the best shooter in the house open. I don't think anybody in the stands can compete with Blagg the way she shoots the ball, and why we left her I'm not quite sure, but the mental error obviously was the one that we will all remember. Overall, I think it was a heck of a ball game on both team's parts; I think it's something that we can learn from, I think we had many opportunities to seal the deal, and we didn't make the critical decisions in the key situations to be able to finish it off, and Tulane did. I think when you look at the stat sheet, you'll see we forced them into a lot of turnovers, but I think the bottom line is free throws. You have to knock down free throws; when you are 17-32 from the free throw line, you're not going to win many ball games, whether you're at home or on the road, you have to knock down those free throws. The other thing is it's very critical that we keep people off of the offensive glass, and they had 20 offensive rebounds, which gives you a second-chance. I think that rebounds and free throws are two aspects of the game that you can control; I thought that our kids really buckled down in segments of the game, I thought that it was one of our better defensive games, but again, the glare goes to the last play of the game that you remember. I was really proud of the way our team performed, and it was a great battle between two very good teams, and hats off to Tulane they hit the final buzzer."
On the key run in the second half...
"Our defense generated the run for us; our defense got the boards, allowing us to get up the floor and get a couple easy baskets in transition. That provided us with the energy and the momentum that we needed. In addition, we also executed really well in half-court offense, but we just had some mental errors defensively in the second half. Our defense affects our offense, it just does, that's the way we operate. After those errors, you could see our offense's confidence go down a little bit, because we were making those defensive errors. I think Tulane did a great job defensively in that segment as well; we missed a lot of easy bunny shots, and they were able to close the deal. I just didn't ever think they would take that lead, obviously they did there, but even at the end of the game we just kept our head above water; I think our team played well, but Tulane just was better tonight."