MSU survives UT Tyler second-half comeback attempt

Quotes:

MSU coach Christopher Reay

On having an 18-10 advantage on the offensive boards:

“That shows our toughness and Haevyn (Risley) is one of our toughest players and we need to relax and see through the pressure when they’re over-rotating and over switching and take our time on offense so we can score a little easier.”

On ending three-game losing streak:

“That’s huge. What I’m about to tell the girls in the locker room is that in the Lone Star Conference a win is a win whether it’s by one point or by 50 points, it doesn’t matter. It’s one more win and that gets us one step closer to making the conference tournament.”

On Mica Schneider’s recent performance:

“She’s playing with confidence and she knows what she’s capable of – I have the utmost confidence in her and so does our team. Our team is finding her and as long as she plays with a clear mind and has some fun she’ll play well.”

On defensive performance in the first half:

“The pressure was good defensively in the first half. If we let up at all in the second half it was with our ball pressure and being in the gaps – it was there in the first half where it wasn’t in the second half. For example, Kaki Simpson jumped a pass and got a wide-open layup in the first half. We needed more of that in the second half.”

UT Tyler head coach Jeannette Mosher

On second-half comeback falling just short:

“It’s disappointing when you play well and you’d like to see a W. It’s really hard to be upset about how we competed and played hard on the road – we’re short-handed on the road anyway and undersized. I was really proud of our effort. Number four (Mica Schneider) is a great shooter. She came out and hit some shots and got us in a hole right away but we came back and closed that gap in a hurry. I really enjoyed watching our kids play, I just feel really bad for them because I wish we could’ve got a W for them.”

On halftime adjustments after shooting 23.8 percent in the first half:

“I think as a collective group sometimes when you’re getting beat up the way we are in our infancy in Division II and the Lone Star Conference, it’s hard to have confidence. We felt we had good shots but they weren’t going in so maybe we’re overthinking it and we’re not confident. Somewhere in that second half, we let that fear go and hopefully that continues.”

On the performance of Beezy Birchette:

“Beezy’s just going to give us everything – if we need scoring, she’s going to give us that and the same goes for defense and rebounding. She’s our leader so we’re fortunate to have someone like her.”

Notes:

Mica Schneider has scored 82 points in her last three home games for the Mustangs; MSU broke a three-game losing streak; UT Tyler has lost nine consecutive games; MSU leads the series 3-0; MSU continues a four-game homestand when they host Arkansas-Fort Smith on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.; UT Tyler returns home to meet West Texas A&M on Thursday night at 5:30 p.m.

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