No. 2 Appalachian State vs. No. 3 Chattanooga
March 4, 2012
Appalachian State Mountaineers
Head Coach Darcie Vincent
On team's performance
"It was really nice to see our team out there enjoying each other and having a lot of fun out there...Today was one of those days where we were reminding to have fun...Chattanooga played a tremendous game on Monday to take away the outright title from us...but we responded very well and our ability to bounce...I'm very proud of them."
On Maryah Sydnor
"Yesterday she struggled shooting from the floor...what did people think of her second game? Pretty doggone good...she was having a lot of fun and not listening to Coach Heather (Kearney) and she's out there still shooting...You can't say enough about her, even when they locked down on her. She rebounded well and played well...It makes you smile...I think she's the happiest person in the room today."
On second half runs
"You saw a pep in our step when we needed it most...the player's smelled blood in the water and attacked like sharks...To sustain runs over a long period of time...your kids have to want it and our girls wanted it."
Senior Chakeitha (TC) Weldon
On facing Samford for the championship again
"I'm past hungry...I'm excited and can't wait to play them again tomorrow."
On halftime speech
"We have to stay hungry and not let them go on a run."
Freshman Maryah Sydnor
On her performance
"Luckily tonight I was able to knock down some shots unlike last night."
On tomorrow's game
"I'm going to have to go focus and get ready to play Samford...Tonight is a great night...but tomorrow is what we are after."
Chattanooga Lady Mocs
Head Coach Wes Moore
Statement on the game ... "We got dominated. There is just no other way to put it. (They were) just a whole lot more physical than us and a lot more aggressive. Obviously the full court game, they did a good job in transition in the first have in particular. They ran the floor on us. Defensively, the press, they got out of it pretty much in the second half and went half court and did a great job of being physical with our low post, making it hard to go inside. Again, give them all the credit. We've got to regroup and reanalyze where we're at as a program and try to get back."
On the seniors... "They given us everything they've got. The whole team has. They've worked hard and fought through some nagging injuries to overcome a lot. It's always tough when the season ends. I guess there is still a chance for the NIT or something but that is not the ultimate goal. It's disappointing and it will take a while to get over it. Like I said, we have to learn from it."
On Maryah Sydnor's play... "We knew she was a great fifteen foot jump shooter. We knew that she's automatic. She got a lot of her points in transition and just being around the basket. She was physical. They did a great job in the paint. They dominated in the paint. That's what you have to look at. It was 42 to 14 in the paint. That's your ballgame right there."
Sophomore forward Taylor Hall
On the difficulty to match the intensity of Appalachian State... "We started hitting some shots against Furman and that got us going. Every time we hit a shot today they would answer it seemed like. It was hard to get the momentum on our side."
Junior guard Kylie Lambert
On the difference from the previous game and tonight's game... "Our intensity, I don't feel like it was as high as what it should have been and our energy too. That's when we need to come in during the offseason and work harder so we can compete during tournament time."