Post-Game Quotes: TCU 76, USA 45

Nov. 4, 2013

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Post-Game Quotes
TCU 76, Southern Arkansas 45
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (Fort Worth, Texas)

TCU Head Coach Jeff Mittie
On first half performance:
"We just had a lot of players not shoot the ball well tonight and there were a lot of droughts in particular in the first half until we got into transition. We just had trouble scoring in the second half."

On sophomore guard Zahna Medley’s performance:
“She struggled early and then got to the free throw line, and knocked a few down. Coming off of last year we feel that she is an improved player. She’s to the point where if she has an off night she still knows where to find some points and that’s pretty good for a sophomore.”

On senior center Latricia Lovings performance:
“I thought LT did some good things and was able to knock down some free throws, which will be big.”

On Improvements for season opener:
“We didn’t shoot the ball very well, so we have to knock some shots down. I thought our guards were either really good or not very good. We had trouble controlling the ball at times tonight, so we will have to look at that on film, but its good to get the first one under your belt.“

Sophomore Guard Zahna Medley
On whether the increase in height opens the perimeter:
“It definitely does. When they get the ball in they’re doing a good job of reversing it so we get a lot more open shots than before.”

On having more players to handle the ball:
“It is definitely easier because we have Veja (Hamilton) now playing some point guard and I can go on the wing where it is easier for me to get my shots off and be offensive minded. It helps a lot.”

On what she found out about the team from the scrimmage:
“We got to see what we need to work on so now we’re going to go to practice and get better for when we play Saturday. We’ll be able to play a lot better.”

Senior Center Latricia Lovings
On what she learned about the team from the exhibition:
“I think because we played a different team we saw what we could do. We play against each other every day so we know our strengths and weaknesses and we attack those in practice. Now that we’re playing against someone else we see that we’re actually stronger than we are on rebounding, shooting and getting to spots. Playing a different team today was huge because the season starts on Saturday. When we play someone else they don’t know our weaknesses so we’re able to play to our strengths and maximize those weaknesses.”

On her confidence in the post coming from work over the summer or playing against 6-6 freshman center Klara Bradshaw:
“It is a lot of both. I worked really hard over the summer because I knew I wasn’t very strong in the post on offense so I relied on my defense to make my name in the Big 12. I knew coming into my senior year I had to better my offensive game so my defensive game could be better. Playing against Klara only helped me more because she is long and tall. She blocks shots just like I block shots so it helped tremendously.”

On being on the floor with Bradshaw:
“It was so much easier. When we had rebounding issues last year I felt like there was so much pressure on me because I knew I was that person. Now that Klara is here we can both get double-doubles on rebounding, points and blocked shots.”

On what the team needs to work on:
“We could get mentally tough. We’re tough but once we got tired, we got tired and we didn’t just run it through or play it through. I also feel like our spacing could be a little bit better. Once we get into the swing of things everything will be smooth sailing.”



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