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Matthew Mitchell Called Tennessee Tech 'Great Team Victory'

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“Great victory for the team today. Did not have a lot of time to get ready for this game so we just tried to make it about hustle and getting better. I thought Tennessee Tech played so hard and aggressive, they really gave us a great effort today and our players had to respond and I thought they did. I’m proud of them. We are a work in progress, we have to keep working and try to improve but really proud about the effort today. “

On if the team’s mental focus meets what he has wanted to see …

“We said in the locker room at Baylor if we let that get us down or we were negative, if we did anything besides just learn the lessons and just make that game about the lessons learned and areas to improve. If we would do that we were going to have a positive experience. You can turn that into a negative if you want to. It’s just not that time of the year for our post players to be ready to operate at a high level in that game. We just took all the positives we could. We were very clear on what we want to improve on and we’re not backing down from that. The outlook of the team and their mental approach I was really proud of them. They are a great group of kids, a hardworking group and I was proud of the way that they bounced back but I’m not shocked.”

On the rebounding effort today …

“I was really happy with that. We need to work hard and be a tough rebounding team. Alyssa Rice is setting a great example for the rest of our team. She’s going as hard as she can as a player. She’s jumping as high as she can she’s grabbing the ball and trying to clear those boards. I saw all three of our young post players doing that throughout the day. I was really pleased with that.”

On the team’s shooting performance …

“Our starters are really shooting the ball great. Everybody is doing a good job and that’s good and important. We’re not operating at full capacity right now defensively we just need some more reps. It’s really great to see the ball go in the basket, though.”

On Tennessee Tech being able to stay competitive in the second half …

“I thought Tennessee Tech was battling all day and playing really hard. In the fourth quarter we were able to get a lot of our younger players in the game. We were able to get them extended minutes and that was really important for them to get that experience than for us to be concerned with what the score was. We don’t have a lot of practice time over the next week. Today was extremely valuable for us to get us a cushion to go in and work on some things.”

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