Dec. 18, 2002
Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini
"I think we played a pretty good first half defensively. I knew after the first half that New Mexico was going to focus on going into Jordan Adams and crashing the boards and we did a good job dealing with both."
"I'm proud of how our team played tonight. I thought that the shot Polkey blocked that lead to a layup really sparked our team and the crowd and gave us confidence emotionally."
"This was a great game for us. New Mexico is a great team. I'm really proud of how our team was able to bounce back after being down."
"Our team can do a lot better from the free throw line. We did a much better job rebounding the ball tonight against a good rebounding team."
"Our main goal is to be consistent. We have to be consistent rebounding, taking care of the ball and especially on the road. We have another chance to play consistent on the road against UNLV."
On New Mexico's pick on Natalie Jones:
"We take that personal. It's about protecting our teammates. Last year New Mexico laid out Aimee Grzyb and you don't forget about that."
Arizona Player Quotes
Freshman Shawntinice Polk
"When Natalie (Jones) went down, I was upset. I couldn't believe that they were trying to hurt one of our players, especially my roommate. I thought it was disrespectful."
"The team talked about how we need to pick up the intensity. We have to keep our legs moving. We have to work hard all of the time."
On New Mexico's Jordan Adams
"She is really good. She came into the second half and lit it up."
"We play UNLV before we start Pac-10 play. I haven't faced anyone in the Pac-10 yet. I know that we're going to do great."
Senior Krista Warren
On Shawntinice Polk
"I like to watch her play. She has great talent."
"Our team is for each other out there. When Natalie got hurt we wanted to get the win for Natalie. Last year when we were at New Mexico it was Aimee (Grzyb) who got hurt. We were just thinking, not again."
New Mexico Player quotes
"In the second half I had more confidence. In the first half I was playing scared, like the rest of the team. In the second half we got more aggressive."
On Arizona's Polk
"I didn't expect her to be this good. She passes more then we thought. She was taller then we expected. She surprised me a lot."
"We can't go into scoring droughts. If that means that I have to score, then that's what I'm going to do."
New Mexico Head Coach Don Flanagan
"We got out rebounded tonight. Rebounding and turnovers are what hurt us."
"(Shawntinice) Polk is a big time player who is difficult to defend. She is quick and has excellent hands. She will get a lot better as she gets older."
"I thought Arizona played well. The played with a lot of effort and were more aggressive then us the whole night. Their intensity was better then our intensity."