UTA (19-7, 12-4) 53 vs. South Alabama (9-18, 4-12) 41
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
College Park Center • Arlington, Texas
UTA Head Coach Krista Gerlich
Opening Statement ...
"It's always a good win when you win on your home court on Senior Day. I thought we started the game really well. I thought the first and third quarters we really defended well and that's how we want to defend. We did let them go on some runs, but part of that was the foul trouble we were in and the inconsistency of trying to get into a flow of the game. Overall, I thought our kids stuck to our game plan and they played really hard. I know they wanted to play hard for our two seniors. I'm really glad they were able to get on the floor and get minutes and get the W."
On the team's mental strength and emotions on Senior Day ...
"We talked about that after playing Troy and getting that win that we knew it was going to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride. I thought that they did a nice job of preparing themselves and coming out and playing well the first quarter. It spoke volumes. And then to be able to sustain that was good. It's difficult, the highs and lows that you manage with your emotions this time of year, especially because it's Senior Day and our team is close. These two have been a part of our program for a long time and it's going to be able to see them go."
On Miranda LeJune's play ...
"Miranda was really big for us. I thought she really stepped in and hit some timely 3's for us that got our momentum back. She was confident, but to begin the game, she seemed shaky. I pulled her over and we talked about it. She gives us good energy when she goes in the game, so I was glad to see those shots fall for her."
On the focus for next game ...
"We want to continue to get better and play our best basketball. We're really starting to focus on the defensive end. Against Troy, we really stuck to our game plan and defended well, and tonight we did the same thing. We want to do that moving forward and we have two big games on the road to improve that. We want to continue to shoot the ball well and stay in rhythm and gain confidence and mometum. We want to be in second by ourselves going into the tournament."
#25, Sr., Ally Te'o
On the meaning of Senior Day ...
"It kind of hit me out of nowhere. Our coaches always talk about how it's going to hit us one day and it literally hit me this morning. Not even in shoot-around, but right before we played. The only thing going through my head is where we're sitting this year compared to previous years, and how far this team has come, this year and in previous years. I thought about how far this program has pushed me to be a better person and player, and how grateful I am for the opportunities I've had while being here."
#4, Sr., Breck Clark
"I was thinking today how it feels like last week I was just walking onto a college campus, scared to death as a freshman. Now I'm a senior and it's my last home game. I'm thankful to be a part of a program like this where everyone is so close. I'm definitely going to miss just being part of a team all the time and having a group of 15 sisters. I'm glad we pulled out a win in our final home game."
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