February 10, 2001 - McKale Center
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes"We played really well tonight, and I am pleased with our overall team effort. We were solid defensively for the majority of the game. We had great ball movement, but the stat that really sticks out is the number of assists. We had 30 assists for 35 baskets, and it is almost unheard of when that happens. That is an unbelievable stat."
"We were patient with the ball, we moved well, and we did a good job of getting the ball to the open man. We had a few more turnovers in the second half than we would like, but that tends to happen when you have so many guys off the bench. We were solid defensively, and we held them to only 34 percent from the field. We reacted well to their shots, and the guys stepped up and made it difficult for their big shooters to get big numbers."
"Loren's (Woods) presence under the basket means so much to us on both sides. He was aggressive and played strong right from the start, and I think he gained a lot of confidence. Loren took the ball strong to the basket, and even though he was taking some hits under there, he still managed to find the shots."
"I am pleased with the team's progress, but we still have a very tough road ahead. We are getting better each game, and our defense has remained solid for the last month and a half. The guys are doing a much better job of moving the ball. I think our depth is going to make a difference for us down the stretch because we need to have people out there who are fresh."
Arizona Player Quotes
Senior Loren Woods"I want to get excited (about tonights game) but I cant because I expect myself to do that every night. The team got off to one of the best starts weve had since Ive been here."
"Im not going to give up on myself and the team is not going to give up on me. Its upsetting that anyone in McKale Center who is an Arizona fan would be booing an Arizona player. We still have a good-sized crowd and good fan support and that is good for the program."
"We know UCLA can play with anyone in the country when they want to. Thats one of our toughest steps left before the tournament. Weve got two tough road trips left. I just have to keep this momentum going into the L.A. schools."
"Even though this Washington State team isnt at the top of the Pac-10, they still have some good athletes."
Sophomore Gilbert Arenas"I think thats our best start except for when we were in Maui. I knew we had to just come out and play team ball."
On Loren Woods performance:
"We saw him open, we gave him the ball and he scored. We were moving the ball well and when you move the ball well, everything opens up a lot better."
Sophomore Jason Gardner"I think we came out with a lot of intensity. Coach Olson always says we need to come out and play better in the first half. I think we did that tonight."
"I think the good thing (about a large victory like tonights) is that you always have to get better. I think we forced a lot of turnovers and got things going. The defensive pressure started the fastbreak. Gilbert (Arenas) and Richard (Jefferson) love the fastbreaks."
Senior Eugene Edgerson"A win anyday is fine with me. But when its your birthday, its extra special. Were playing the way we should be as opposed to the beginning of the season (when we werent). We all know we dont have room for error."
"Ive only got two more games left in the McKale Center, so every time I step on the floor, Im playing like its my last time."
Sophomore Luke Walton"There have been so many upsets (in college basketball) that we cant afford to not come out and give our all."
Washington State Head Coach Paul Graham"They are just bigger and stronger than us. They pounded it in, and on the glass. They are just better, especially with (Richard) Jefferson and (Luke) Walton off the bench."
"They have good guards, they can shoot. They are bigger and stronger on the inside, they just out-manned us."
"I asked Milton (Riley) why did you do that? We have to play better than this to compete with them."
"I think that they were in awe of this team. There are a lot of new guys on our team. They are nationally ranked, there were 14,000 people in here, and they are in position to win the title."
"We got a split on this trip. You have to play a hell of a game to beat them. We just ran into a team that was better than us."
Washington State Player Quotes
Guard Marcus MooreOn Offense:
"Arizona put a lot of pressure on the ball and we didn't move the ball well. As a team, we a re not used to switching so much and against a team as quick as Arizona, you have to."
"Arizona has a lot of big bodies and all of the pushing and shoving got to me after a while. The way you beat a great team is to hit your shots and we didn't do that last night. Now we have to get back to practice and work hard. We know we can win, we just have to continue to improve."
Forward Milton RileyOn Arizona's offense:
"Their (Arizona's) inside presence makes you body up and give it all you have . The bottom line was that we needed to rotate better. We just came up a little short tonight."