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Nov. 27, 2011

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Texas Tech vs. University Louisiana at Monroe

November 27, 2011

Head Coach Kristy Curry

Opening Statement

“This weekend gave us an opportunity to improve as a basketball team to put ourselves in a lot of different positions. We had three teams that really gave us different looks and I feel like we are going to be better from this weekend. Thankful that we came through it healthy and obviously we have a lot we can still learn and grow from, we can’t be a second half team. We’ve got to continue to do a better job of understanding and continue to grow. Obviously we’ve had a special opportunity for us this week just to continue to be better from the past two days.”

On Tech’s post play

“We feel like we need to have a power post presence with our post as far as getting back to the basket and we don’t need to be so finesse, those four don’t and I love our depth and the energy Shauntal and Ebony are bringing off the bench. I it wouldn’t have mattered what the situation was, obviously we’ve been going to Ebony and Shauntal in the first half and I love the energy. I thought Baker really got better with each game, starting the first night she looked a little glazed over and the second night she looked better and then the third night she looked better but we’ve got to continue to improve her stamina and conditioning. It’s amazing the number she can put up in 19, 15,14 minutes and if we get her around 22 to 25, it’s about being having those four together more powerful, we really need their presence with back to the basket post play inside, they’ve got to bring that all year.”

On the improvements of Kelsey Baker and Ebony Walker

“I think the biggest stride that Kelsey has made has been just being ready to play, not accepting the fact that she’s a freshman or a sophomore, age doesn’t define who you need to be. She’s really done a great job of maturing. Ebony I think is our most improved player and I’ve said this throughout interviews in the preseason on who I feel like is most improved, I think of Ebony because of how hard she worked and again I think she has a chance to be a special player. She’s someone who has bought into the team concept of whatever you need from me I’m willing to do and it’s a great compliment to her and she’s the kind of kid that everyday in practice you don’t want to practice against because she’s so physical and has such a great edge but you want her on your team and that’s hard to teach and I think she has a chance to be a really great player in this league and she is right now and we’ve got to have her all year.”



On what Tech wants to accomplish against Texas State so they will be ready for Penn State

“I think it’s just about us getting better in all areas, we will spend film time in the next 48 hours, individually, our staff on how can we grow and how can we get better in every aspect. It’s not so much about Penn State right now it’s about Texas State, and that has to be our focus. We will enjoy the rest of the day and then tonight at midnight it’s about getting ready for Texas State and getting the job done on Wednesday night."

Player Quotes

Texas Tech vs. University of Louisiana at Monroe

November 27, 2011

Ebony Walker

On what helped her improve this season

“Well I play with some great post, and to play behind Kierra and Shauntal and Jordan, they are all really great posts and I just try to be ready when I can and when game time comes I just try to the spark off the bench and do what I have to.”

Monique Smalls

On what this tournament has showed team about each other

“We’ve seen a lot of growth, Ebony from freshman year had her moments and then now seeing her improve and come out in the games, rebounding like crazy that’s what we need. When our post players get into foul trouble it’s good to have Shauntal or Ebony or Kelsey to come in and back up Kierra and Jordan, and to see our post players work really hard in practice and then show it in a game, as guards we have faith in them and then at the same time they have faith in us to get them the ball.”

On what she gained from this tournament and being awarded the MVP

“I gained a lot, more trust in my teammates, I’ve seen what they can do and what we should’ve done better and I already know what I need to improve on, and we all do. MVP, the whole team is MPV we worked our butts off in this tournament. To have three games back to back to back is tough, so it just prepares us for the conference mentally and physically.”


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