Junior forward Ayana Mitchell and sophomore guard Khayla Pointer spoke to the press after the tough 23-point loss to the University of South Carolina.

While the play from each team was somewhat even throughout most of the game, the first quarter told a different story.  

The scoring from each team was very close during the second, third, and fourth quarters.  However, the score by the end of the first quarter was 29-11.  According to Ayana Mitchell, it was already too late.

"In the SEC you can't start off slow," Mitchell said.  "We lost the game in the first quarter."

The Lady Tigers prepare to take on Kentucky on Thursday in the Pete Maravich Center.