Austin: Relieved Starkey Gives Players Credit

By Jean Neuberger - March 20, 2007

The moment of truth came on a timeout. LSU was down 35-24 to West Virginia, and it seemed as if a huge upset was brewing in Austin. However, this was a veteran team, and Coach Bob Starkey didn't need to say much to get his team's focus back.

"He got on us a little," said LSU guard Erica White. "But he also gave us a lot of positive energy that carried us back into the game."

"I told them that we needed to take it one possession at a time," said Starkey. "I told them we had to do better with denying them offensive rebounds, and I told them to go force some turnovers...make some easy points off transition.'

The ball also found its way into the hands of Sylvia Fowles, who was unstoppable late for LSU.

"Ninety percent of the time, Syl can overcome the mental frustrations of missing shots or struggling at times," Starkey said. "Tonight, early, she wasn't overcoming, so I took her out and had a private talk with her at halftime."

The talk obviously worked, as Fowles was the player of the game when LSU needed her most.

Starkey, for one, took no credit for the Tiger victory.

"You know, nothing has changed from before," he said. "We haven't added any new plays, we haven't changed anything we do in practice. I wish I could tell you I had some influential words or something, but the credit goes to our players, who are a great group of kids with a great desire to compete and win."

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 12:49 AM on March 20, 2007

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