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March 28, 2000

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Texas Tech Head Coach Marsha Sharp:
"First, let me congratulate Tennessee. They did what they had to do to win the game. They came out in the second half and made a lot of plays to give themselves a chance to win. They have a lot of different weapons, a lot of different ways to hurt you and we just didn't make enough plays in the second half to give us a chance to stay in it."

"I thought three things hurt us the most in the second half. I think there was a one rebound difference at halftime, and they outrebounded us significantly in the second half, and I think Michelle Snow made a huge difference in the middle. She did not play a lot in the first half because of foul trouble. Then our inability to score against the zone late was the part that really killed us. We really couldn't find good shots and they were big on the boards. Those are the three things that in the second half made a difference in the game.

On the first half:
"I felt like we let some opportunities slip by while Snow and Catchings were both off of the floor for such a long period of time, and I think that it probably came back to hurt us a little bit because we had to expend so much energy just to stay even. We missed some shots that I was hoping we could get to go down so that we could take a little bit of a lead into half time. I think it hurt us a little bit that we couldn't distance ourselves at that time."

Senior forward Aleah Johnson:
"There is a big difference when Snow is in the game.... They tend to go to her a lot because she is so much bigger than everybody and she can really take it into the post area and make layups."

Freshman forward Plennette Pierson on guarding Tennessee forward Tamika Catchings:
"I think we did a good job guarding her, but you have to think about the fact that they have other players besides Catchings on the floor. You have to get out and get after them and not let them get hot. She did get them a few shots that put them ahead and got the momentum rolling."



Tennessee Head Coach Pat Summitt:
"It was ugly, but it was also beautiful. Offensively we struggled, I told our basketball team that we were in this situation a year ago, the ball wouldn't fall and we just couldn't come up with the plays that you have to come up with."

"I think the switch, going to the zone, late in the game was very effective."

"We struggled on the offensive end and a lot of times when that happens, you see players really relax and worry instead of compete and play with an attitude."

Junior guard Kristen "Ace" Clement:
"In the post-season now, the key is knowing personnel and I think we did a great job."

"This is where I thought to myself (when Catchings went down) we need to rally around Tamika and pick this up and regardless of she came back in or she didn't, we weren't going to let her down by giving up and backing down."

"This team is about role play. I think at the beginning of the season we had emphasized Holdsclaw so much we put too much pressure on Semeka and Tamika."

Junior forward Tamika Catchings:
"The were a really physical team. I think probably coming into this game their game plan was to play really physical out there. They followed their game plan."

"I was just not playing in tune with the offense. I made a lot of turnovers, to counteract with that I just made sure I went down and rebounded and played great defense so that I woudln't be sitting on the bench with Pat."


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