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Transcript: Georgia Head Coach Joni Taylor Post UK Hoops 82 vs Georgia 61 Comments

Georgia Head Coach Joni Taylor Post UK Hoops 82 vs Georgia 61 Comments

On the difficult play in the SEC…

“I always say that the SEC top to bottom is the best conference in the nation. Night in, night out, if you don’t show up ready to go, you’re going to get beaten and embarrassed really and I said that. I think for our team playing a really tough game on the road Thursday where we showed very well and had a chance to win in the end, then coming back today – I’m not sure how mentally prepared they were as much as we have talked about. We have a young team. We have kids that have never been on the floor before. We have situations on the road back-to-back. It showed early. We have gotten off to slow starts and we have been able to recover from that, but tonight we didn’t. I think Evelyn (Akhator) scored the first six or eight points and Kentucky never looked back and we didn’t have answer for them in the first half.”

On the resiliency of the team…
“Kentucky is really good and they were clicking on all cylinders today, but our next step for this team was to handle the loss and come back today and compete, play well and be locked into the game plan and we didn’t do that.”

On Double teaming Evelyn…
“We were going to play her 1-on-1 and if that didn’t work, we were going to double her and that is what we did. I think in the third and fourth quarters we did a much better job of that. Again, you have a different situation and you have doubled before but in this situation, Kentucky has Macy Morris on the perimeter, 22 (Makenzie Cann) comes in, it’s hard to double off of those players. It is not as easy to double those players as it is some of the other teams we have in the past.”

On Kentucky’s pick and roll defense and offense...
“They know what they’re looking for and they execute it very well. Any mistake we’re going to make, you know they’re going to capitalize on it. We just made too many mistakes. For us offensively we wanted to get the ball inside and we didn’t do that. With Caliya, we were fading away from the basket. We weren’t taking it out of them. We just got out of sync and that is something where we have to weather the storm and continue to fight and stick to the game plan.”

On whether the frustration of players led to bad play…
“I think you know they’re frustrated. It’s frustration at themselves, or it should be. I think they put themselves in bad positions defensively and they have no choice to foul. They pass up on the first shot and shoot a forced shot, and so we’ve got to be mature enough to do what we do in practice. Sometimes we get into games and we don’t do the things that are worked on in practice. You could see they were frustrated and their play is more frustrating than anything.”

On getting the team to play after being down by such a large deficit…
“The message at half time was about your effort and energy. The third and fourth quarter was about your effort and your energy. We wanted to win the third and fourth quarter and we did. We came out and played much harder. We were more locked in and we won the third and fourth quarter, which is what we wanted to do so the game wouldn’t continue on that streak, and I thought they played with great energy. We just couldn’t overcome the deficit that we put ourselves in.”

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Transcript: Georgia Head Coach Joni Taylor Post UK Hoops 82 vs Georgia 61 Comments


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