UCLA vs. Arizona
February 15, 2001
Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini"UCLA played hard tonight and we needed every player. It was really good to finally see 11 players warming up for us before the game. It is good to have (freshman forward) Veranda James back and (freshman forward) Shannon Torregrosa played great for her first game. I think (junior forward) Michelle Mitchell also contributed off the bench. This is a game about being tough and winning feels good."
"(Senior guard) Reshea (Bristol) is the heart and soul of the team. When she plays good she is really good. She is just a great player."
"We need to cut down on our turnovers and work on taking care of the ball better. We will work on rebounding and our defense before USC comes in here on Sunday."
"USC is an aggressive team and they play man defense. We need to be smart inside and outside. They are going to come in here fired up and we have to be prepared for that."
Arizona Player Quotes
Freshman Forward Veranda James"It felt great to get out there and play again tonight. I was a little anxious in the first half but overall it felt great to be back with my teammates and just to be back on the court. I was over excited and giddy in the beginning, but I wasnt nervous. In the second half I was more patient and I felt great."
"I hit some and ones so that was nice. She (coach Bonvicini) really wanted us to concentrate on rebounding and defense and we outrebounded them by 11. I wanted to key in on that (rebounding). The last time we played them they outrebounded us so that was something that really got me going."
"Our defensive intensity was amazing, we were encouraging each other a lot on defense and our bench was really impressive."
Senior Guard Reshea Bristol"She (Veranda James) definitely helped us in a big way. She helped us in scoring and rebounding. We can press a lot more with Veranda in because shes so aggressive."
"We can always get better, there is always room for improvement. Having Veranda back really helped with rebounding and Liz (Pickney) also had a good night rebounding. Our defense was a little iffy and I think that we can get better."
"I played alright tonight. Having 10 turnovers is really the down side of tonight. We had 31 turnovers as a team and 10 of them were mine. Coach (Bonvicini) usually says that for every turnover you commit the other team scores a point so tonight I gave them 10 points."
UCLA Head Coach Kathy Oliver"It was hard to get in a good flow tonight because the game was very choppy and a real defensive struggle. We just weren't able to adjust. Arizona did a great job on (guard Michelle) Greco, throwing double and triple teams at her. "
"(Forward) Kristee Porter stepped up with 25 points. She is a real gamer. She improves every day she plays and always gives 100% out on the court. Overall, it was tough because we had a lot of players in foul trouble and it allowed for mismatches on the court."
"This group works really hard and are always upbeat. We've had a tough season but the captains have done a good job of keeping their teammates heads held high."