Texas A&M Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Gary Blair


Opening statement...

“She (Shalee Lehning) is the closest to a Sue Bird that I’ve seen. Of course, we played against her at about 50 percent today. She gave all she had with her 50 percent. We tried to keep fresh people in there to guard her. The difference in our team right now is our point guard play. We’ve been on the road at Iowa State, Oklahoma, and Texas Tech, and the smallest crowd I think I’ve seen was 9,000; until today, and this was the loudest 6,000. We haven’t been able to get it done at the point guard play, particularly when the offense is away from me in the first half. This freshman (Sydney Carter) and my sophomore (Sydney) Colson, who is basically like a freshman, were outstanding today. Look at the stats and what they did. They hit, and when we reversed the ball, we found them. We ran almost every play I had in my book and everything was working on the offensive end. I’d like to give a lot of credit to our team for withstanding what we just went through against Texas and Oklahoma. Those are very, very physical game. Today was not a physical game; it was just an executing game. I thought we played very well on the defensive end. We forced the team who leads the Big 12 with the fewest turnovers into 23. I thought we did an outstanding job and we didn’t even have to press very much at all. Our half court defense was good but it all starts with our point guard play. (Takia) Starks was on (Shalee) Lehning the majority of the time. I told (Takia) Starks before the game Don’t worry about your points; your job is to help us win. Deny the ball back to (Shalee) Lehning, and once she gives it up, try to make those other four beat us.’ I didn’t think they could beat us unless (Shalee) Lehning had the ball making a play at the end of a possession like she normally does. I thought we were very good at that. We just played well. That’s the best overall game we’ve played. Don’t take anything away from your team (K-State); they’re banged up, but that’s as good as we’ve played all year. ”


Freshman Guard Sydney Carter


On her play today...

“I think I got past the nerves a long time ago. It was a lot of pressure, because like Coach (Blair) said, the emphasis was on the point guards really leading the team when we’re not on his end and he’s not in our ear. I think that’s what we did well today. I think my team and my coaches had a lot of confidence in me being able to come in and lead the team, and of course, play defense as well.”