Kentucky-Georgia Postgame Quotes

Feb. 26, 2009

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Kentucky Head Coach Mathew Mitchell

Opening statement …
“We never led in the game and never came out with any enthusiasm that matched Georgia. They played really strong defensive game and had a good game plan. They had Ashley Houts who would not let them lose so I give credit to Georgia. I'm really disappointed for the 5,000 fans that came out to watch us play that we couldn't give them anything better than our performance tonight. It's probably the most disappointing effort that I've seen from our team this season.”

On Carly Ormerod's performance …
“I'm really proud of her and the tremendous effort she put forth. It's so sad to see a player fighting that hard and everybody else just sleepwalking through the game. I don't if it was just Georgia's game plan or they were just really committing to the ball side of the zone. People had a lot of open shots early on and I don't know if we were just mentally weak there or didn't just persevere. I thought our team went into a real shell there offensively and were just looking around for people to do it. Carly Ormerod stepped up big tonight and she can be really proud of the way she played.”

On if the emotions of senior night effected the game …
“I didn't think we got off to a good start and obviously you can't blame it on one possession. We never seemed to have a lot of pep and energy tonight. I can't explain it. I take it very personal and I'm responsible for it. I should have our team hungry and eager to go play. From my standpoint, they did not seem to be that kind of team tonight.”

Kentucky Players

Senior Carly Ormerod #00

On the importance of this game…
We were pumped up for this game. We knew we needed to win this one and we didn't make it happen. We lost the game in the first half.”

On not pulling out the win even with an impressive comeback…
“There were places I could pin point where there were turnovers or missed shots but the game doesn't come down to one play. We could have pulled it out and we should have pulled it out even though we didn't play well. We have to start learning how to play 40 minutes.”

Georgia Head Coach Andy Landers

On Kentucky cutting the lead to one …
“When they cut it to one I called Ashley Houts over and said ‘Ashley you are probably going to have to score the rest of our points'. She said ‘OK.' It often times determines that who has the ball has the opportunity to do something with it. Also, who can make plays and she did. I don't remember if it was after they cut the lead to one. She stole a ball and took it in for a layup and then took another one up off the floor and got fouled. I don't know if there was another field goal involved or not, but as a point guard you generally are going to be in a position at the end of a game like this where you are going to get fouled. We did a couple of different things against the press that didn't work. We missed a layup on a run out and got fouled and missed free throws. At that point, I said we are going to go to Ashley and do whatever we can to get her the ball because we have confidence in the fact that this is a situation that she enjoys being in, getting fouled and going to the line. I have coached a lot of really good players and really good point guards and there are two that are very good in that situation and they are Ashley and Kelly Miller.”

On if he felt like his team just had more energy and wanted the win more than Kentucky did …
“There was a time in the second half that I didn't think that. As we got four or five minutes in, I thought that Kentucky had more energy than we had. Up until, then I thought we both fought really hard and they were making some plays. We were standing and watching them and let the ball go out of bounds a couple of times. We let people run by us and get long rebounds and that concerned me a lot. We talked about that during the timeout. After that, I thought that our energy and determination came back up and we started to fight better. It was a tough game and both teams had players on the floor for a long time and they played a lot of minutes. It is understandable that they are going to get tired, but in a game like this you still have to make plays to win it. We made some plays, Rhoden stole the ball twice off the back of the zone and Ashley made some. Phillips was unbelievable on the weak side boards coming down the stretch and it seemed like she got everyone that came off on that side. After we had built it back up to five or six they came down the floor and made some plays to get it closer. That is what you have to do. They hadn't hit a three all night and then they come down and bam, bam they hit two on us.”

Georgia Players

Sophomore Ashley Houts #1

On Kentucky cutting the lead to one …
“I don't really know exactly what was going through my mind but I knew I needed to score and get the ball down the floor and get fouled because that is what they were giving us at that point. I had confidence that I could knock down a free throw. I just think that we pulled together there at the end as a team and fought as hard as we could. We didn't want to give up and we wanted to get a good win against a good team.”