Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb

Vanderbilt Head Coach Melanie Balcomb


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Vanderbilt Coach and Player Quotes


Head Coach Melanie Balcomb:

(Opening statement)

“There was a really long practice and filmwork, and a sermon. We had a long day yesterday. You know how we felt after the last game and we wanted to make sure we didn’t learn just from our losses. We want to learn from wins also.”


(On preparing for this game)

“The players really took it to heart, they talked about it and they were ready to play. It was mostly mentally. They really took some of the suggestions to heart. Most of it was effort. Their aggressiveness, assertiveness, active ? and then I run out of “A” words because I didn’t go to Vanderbilt.”


(On Miami)

“This was a good Miami team, they’re well coached. There wasn’t a big difference in our opponent tonight and Thursday night, but there was a big difference for us. We were a different team tonight.”


(On Caroline Williams scoring 22 points in the first half)

“I wasn’t surprised. I was just surprised that she had the looks that she had early. She didn’t take a bad shot in the first half. I’m very balanced in shooting and we’re not looking for Caroline specifically, she just took some good shots. I think they were very worried about our height advantage and our high-low. In the second half those shots weren’t there, but we were able to go inside.”


(On Christina Wirth not shooting the ball as much)

“Tina didn’t have the looks today. Another night it could be Tina with all the looks Caroline had. It depends on whether Dee goes this way or that way and it just happened that Caroline was over there a lot more. They run the same spot most of the time and it’s interchangeable, Caroline just got the looks tonight.”


(On the production from Williams, Sherwood and Thomas)

“Caroline and Liz and Carla should be putting up points. You look at a team and see if they have players who are capable of scoring 20 points any given night and my first three that could score 20 points any given night is those three.”


(On preparing for UNC)

 “I use the break to let the kids get there legs fresh and there minds fresh. And then we’ll get them geared up for a big game. And I don’t think that will be a problem, I think they’ll be excited and motivated to play North Carolina.”