2002 Fiesta Bowl Classic Quotes
Head coach Joan Bonvicini
"When you host a tournament, you definitely want to win it. We feel we have a chance to win it."
"We had moments in the first half that were great, but our defense didn't really clamp down until the second half."
"We didn't take Riverside for granted. Every time we step on the floor, we're a target."
" 'Surrender the me for the we'...Our play was unselfish tonight."
"We'll have to play a good defense tomorrow against Illinois. We'll have to do a much better job defending the post and preventing three-point penetration."
Arizona Player Quotes
Freshman Center Shawntinice Polk
"Dee-Dee (Wheeler) played really hard throughout the game. I don't think she came out here trying to impress anyone. She plays hard like that in every game."
"A lot of the girls wanted to come out here and win our own tournament this year. We were going to pick it up and play hard, which is what we would do anyways."
"We dropped off here and there during the game. Our intensity level was not as high as it has been. Tomorrow we can't play like that. We played hard and scrapped and came away with a victory."
"We discussed as a team that we needed to play hard today. We can play well against good teams, but we can't drop off for unranked teams."
Senior Guard Julie Brase
"We weren't thinking about last year's tournament, but we did want to come out and win our own tournament, especially the first game."
"I thought that UC-Riverside is a great team. They got after us and came back within ten points several times. They did a great job of sticking with it throughout the game. They gave it 100 percent. I give them a lot of credit for playing a great game."
Sophomore Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler
"Of course I wanted to play Illinois, but I came here today focused on UC-Riverside. Illinoise recruited me, but I look at them just like I look at any other team. I am excited for the game tomorrow. We just need to come out and control the tempo for the whole forty minutes."
"Towards the end of the game, I just wanted to keep the tempo going. Our defense was doing it all. I just wanted to keep the flow of the game going. I wasn't looking to break any records there at the end. I wanted our freshmen to get in there and have some playing time."
UC-Riverside Head Coach Jennifer Young
On team's performance
" We just didn't piece together a forty minute game. We played a thirty minute game, which is ok. But, we will come out and play forty minutes tomorrow against North Texas. In the last ten minutes they started to press us, we got happy feet and they started to make some easy baskets. Our main focus is going to play a forty minute game."
On Arizona's Shawntinice Polk
"Well, most everyone knows now how great she is. We saw a lot of her in high school as well. She does a nice job and she is creating a bright future for Arizona."
On Dee Dee Wheeler's Performance
"We did not expect Wheeler to shoot like that at all. In fact, we wanted the ball in her hands. Wheeler had been shooting 28 percent from the floor, but today she did a real nice job."