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Matthew Mitchell Talks Ahead of Game at Mississippi St.

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Kentucky WBB Pre-Mississippi State News Conference

Joe Craft Center – Lexington, Ky.

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Head Coach Matthew Mitchell

Opening Statement …

“Well, big challenge ahead with Mississippi State on Sunday. What a fantastic season they’re having and off to a great start, having a great SEC season. Tough, tough team, playing at a high level. So, we’ll have to work hard today and tomorrow and see if we can just have excellent preparation. It’s going to be so important. Got to be able to take care of the basketball and find some way to rebound. They’re a powerful rebounding team too. So, we’ll work hard, try to prepare for what would be a great victory for us.”

On if the team is where he wants them to be defensively …

“Well, I think everybody’s working to try to improve. We’re certainly not where I would like to be, but we are getting better. Last night we were able to make an in-game adjustment to try to slow Missouri down a little bit. Wish we’d had that going into the game. Wish we didn’t have to make an adjustment, but at least we were able to. So, if you think about some of the earlier games that just sort of turned into routes and were routes, we could not adjust and improve through the course of the game. So, last night Missouri was relying on tough, physical, veteran players. One of the players I was so impressed with was Jordan Frericks. She’s a fifth-year senior down there against our three freshmen that really played hard last night, got some valuable experience, but not exactly ready to do everything the way we want them to do it, but we’re working at it. Trying to get better. We need to be able to go from zone to man. We need to show people multiple looks with this particular team. We can’t just do it one way. So, that’s difficult for these kids too, but they’re getting better at it and working hard at it and we’ll just keep trying to improve.”

On Tatyana Wyatt looking more comfortable against Missouri …

“Yeah. She’s really, really had a tough road there missing all those games with the concussion. Do feel like that is a process to try to get back into some rhythm and you’ve seen her grow every day. I’ve been really impressed with her practices over the last four or five opportunities she’s had and the thing about our team, everybody wants to do well. They want to win. They want to get better. You just can’t believe the energy and the enthusiasm they come out with every day. Real proud of that. We just got to hang in here and just keep getting better. But Tot wants to do well, wants to have a positive impact on the team and I thought she took a step forward last night.”

On the future outlook for this group of freshmen …

“Yeah, I think last night they were in there against some grownups last night. I’m telling you, they were big-time veteran players that I don’t know if you’re going to see a more hard-nosed opponent from just a physical standpoint one through five. There’s some physical players, but those freshmen really had to play against some tough kids last night. I thought it was a great experience for them and I thought they responded well. They didn’t do everything exactly the right way, but you know, all three of them that were in there last night got really valuable experience. Gonna be good players.”

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