Matt Insell Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Matt Insell

Nov. 22, 2013


Ole Miss Head Coach Matt Insell

On the game…
“This is a process and we know this is a process. Our record is not where we want it and we know that, but we’re getting better. We got better in Hawai’i and we lost three games but we got better. I like to get better when we win, but we did not win those games, but as long as we’re getting better I’m ok with that. We’re a lot better basketball team today than we were on Sunday against Washington State and we’re better than we were against Hawai’i. The effort was there, that’s the big thing that I’m asking them to do. We changed some things up with our lineup and I’m happy with the way that Danielle McCray came out and responded by starting. She did really well today. It was a great team win. We’re going to clean up some things, but we’re getting there defensively. It’s a work in progress but we’re getting there and we just keep getting better every day.”

 On the big second half …
"We settled down. We’re not a bad shooting basketball team. We’re shooting horrendous percentages, but we came out tonight and shot 51 percent. We slowed down at the rim, concentrated and made it and that’s what I’ve been telling them to do. When you get an open three, slow down and shoot the basketball, don’t rush. We slowed down tonight and the shots we’ve been missing we made tonight. We got the same looks tonight we’ve gotten every other game, but tonight we slowed down and focused in and we did the fundamental things we were taught to do. The 63 points in the second half, a lot of that was because of defense.”

On changing the starting lineup …
“There is an old coaching slogan that say’s keep throwing mud on the wall until it sticks, so I’m going to just keep on throwing mud on the wall until it sticks . We’re going to continue trying things. Tonight’s lineup looked pretty good. We’re going to go back to that one on Sunday and if it doesn’t work on Sunday, we’ll find some more mud. Danielle has been practicing better and she had a better game against Washington State. For the first time she got comfortable in our system. She came to me and said ‘I can play the three’, she knew we were struggling at that spot. She looked pretty good tonight, I have no complaints out of Danielle McCray and if she keeps playing like that we’re going to be a lot better team.”

On Tia Faleru
"It was another big night for Tia tonight. Tia knows I expect great out of her and I was not happy with her first half performance. For us to be great Tia has to be able to put two halves together. She had an unbelievable second half and if she had done that in the first half, she would have had 35 or 36 points. She knows that. I told her that she needs to come out from the start with the kind of focus that she had in the second half and she came out with extreme focus. The whole second half was because of Tia Faleru. I’ve told everyone that I talk to that she’s an all-league player and she’s getting better each day.”

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