WBB Photo Gallery: Georgia vs. Alabama

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WBB Photo Gallery: Georgia vs. Alabama

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Georgia Head Coach Joni Taylor On today’s win… “We came out really hard with a lot of confidence and made shots. I was really proud of the way we played in the first and second quarter. We got out in transition. And then in the third, we didn’t do so. With that being said, we had great resolve on our home court and figured out how to win the game.” 

On the resilience of the team to get the overtime win… “What’s crazy is that I think this is four out of five games with Alabama that has gone into overtime. Once we got into overtime, I told them, ‘Guys we’re comfortable here. Protect our home court and take the shots we took in the first and second quarter that got us this lead and then defend.’ We were able to do that.” 

On what Georgia can improve on moving forward… “Not giving up a 20-point lead, for starters. We fouled way too much. I think we sent them to the line 32 times. We just got down on penetration and we couldn’t get the ball stopped and were giving up and-one’s. We were giving up 3-point plays and we just cannot do that.” 

Georgia Players #23 Que Morrison | Jr. | Guard On her emotions following the overtime win… “My emotions are really for my coach most importantly. Coming into this game, we really needed a win and we came out with a win. It puts a smile on coach’s face, so it means a lot to me.” 

On the resilience of the team to win in overtime… “We just stood together. We knew we had to lock down on the defensive end and stop them from penetrating, which we still had a tough time with. But in the end, we came out with a win.” 

On what Georgia can improve upon moving forward… 

“Slot drives. They killed us in the slot drives and moving our feet defensively. That’s when they went on their run in the third quarter. So, if we can move our feet and get some slots, we’ll be fine.” 

Jenna Staiti

#14 Jenna Staiti | R-Jr. | C On the breakdown going from a 22-point lead to an overtime victory… “We have to stop fouling. We let them back into the game with and-ones and free throws. In the first and second quarter, we were being told that we had to stop fouling because they were going to continue to get a lot of confidence and they did. They played really well the second half.” 

On how it feels to get the win… “It feels good. I did not think we were going to lose that game, I had confidence. We have been playing really well and practicing a lot of short clock situations. I had faith in us.” 

On close games with Alabama and how it feels winning their first overtime game of the season… “Those close, last-shot type of situations make you very nervous. We have been practicing short clock situations since we know that every time we play them it is a two-point or one-point game with 30 seconds left. Credit to the coaches, they really prepared us for this one.” 

Alabama Head Coach Kristy Curry On the comeback… “It was just about emphasizing how important it is to defend. In the first half, I don’t think we defended very well. They were 6-for-9 in transition, and we weren’t getting back and doing our job. We adjusted and just stayed as positive as we could in the huddle. They shot the ball really well at the start of the game. Our kids really fought. That’s just tough right there at the end. To get a backdoor cut that we gave up. The clock just really strained at the end. It’s just tough down the stretch. We just didn’t do enough that we needed to do, but our kids were fighting to get their way back in it and showed a lot down the stretch.” 

On sophomore guard De’Sha Benjamin… “I thought De’Sha had a really bad start. She’s had two bad starts to games, but the way that she has adjusted as the game has gone on is good when we can get her in and get her going. I thought she made some big free-throws and some big plays there at the end. She has a confidence about her. We really like that about De’Sha. Defensively, she has to continue to get better. She takes too many rests, and I’ll tell her. That’s a tough one. Man, our kids really fought.” 

On redshirt-junior guard Jordan Lewis… “I thought she adjusted to how they were pressuring her in the first half. We got down the court and got what we wanted. We started getting some open windows and driving lanes. If you look at our free throws, we missed three of the last few and missed ten today. We’ve got to do a better job from the free throw line. It was just a great effort from our kids to fight our way back in.” 


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Greg is closing in on 11 years writing about and photographing UGA sports. While often wrong and/or out of focus, it has been a long, strange trip full of fun and new friends.