Austin: Starkey Pleased With First Game

By Jean Neuberger - March 18, 2007

After the game, LSU Coach Bob Starkey said that he wasn't any more nervous in his first game as acting head coach than he was as an assistant coach for the Tigers.

"Coaching the kids, I wasn't nervous at all," Starkey said. "By halftime, you're focused totally on the game and how you can improve for the second half. The only time I got nervous was when ESPN pulled me aside after the game for an interview. I don't know if I'll ever get used to that."

He might not get used to it, but he can't complain too much, as LSU was on fire right from the start.

"We were perfect at the start, perfect t th end, and perfect in between," said Starkey. "I was really pleased with our defensive play...getting rebounds, getting blocks, forcing turnovers. We played hard for 40 minutes."

When asked if there was anything LSU could improve on for Monday night's game, Starkey's answer was quick.

"We need to get the ball more in Sylvia's hands," he said. "But I loved our intensity. We played with a lot of intensity."

The thing he's most proud of though had nothing to do with the stats.

"We made an effort to play everyone in the first half," said Starkey. "We were so happy with the effort in practice and the attitude of our team that we wanted everyone to play, and let the players take ownership of the game."

Everyone on the LSU roster played at least 11 minutes in tonight's game. And no doubt, they owned it.

Posted by Jean Neuberger at 01:29 AM on March 18, 2007

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