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Arizona vs. California Postgame Quotes
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Release: 01/28/2007
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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Arizona vs. California

Jan. 27, 2007

 

Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes:

 

“This (loss) was a tough one to take because we had good momentum going into this game. Cal is a good team; they were able to pick us apart and we got in foul trouble early. We were very impatient and didn’t score as well as we should have.”

 

“Today we just didn’t play well. I thought Jessica Arnold played well, but Joy (Hollingsworth) struggled shooting. We have leaned on Joy a lot; she has carried us throughout the season. So this was just a disappointing (game).”

 

“We shot really quickly, we were not patient at all in our offense and we didn’t put our players in a position to get boards.”

 

“Our shooting percentage was so poor in the second half and we got in trouble early with fouls. Our post struggled defensively against them.”

 

“The last time we played we sat in a zone (defense) and that is what we did a lot of the first half (of this game). We did O.K. with that, but we struggled right away when we went to our man defense.”

 

Cal is a good team, they are smart and they do a nice job.”

 

“It’s very disappointing (to not pick up a win at home). We need to keep plugging away, continue to practice and put time and extra work into shooting and defense. A lot of it is keeping confident, but also making smart decisions on the floor.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior Forward Joy Hollingsworth

 

On shooting...

“Personally, I shot the ball badly, but my teammates kept me going.  It was really frustrating, but we just have to put this game behind us and look to the Washington trip.”

 

“I try to do other things (when shots are not falling), like passing or rebounding.  I have to move without the ball.  I did lose a little bit of confidence, but I am not going to hang my head.  We will come back against the Washington schools.”

 

On the team’s confidence

“Our confidence is good.  We were confident coming into this game after our strong second half against Stanford.  It was good to see Jessica (Arnold) step up, because we know that she can do that.”

 

Junior Guard Jessica Arnold

 

On her role for the team

“There comes a time in the games that I know my team needs me.  I have not been consistent, and that is something that I need to be more often for my team.”

 

On missing outside shots

“When my shots are not falling from the outside, I try to do other things, like taking it to the basket.”

 

California Head Coach Joanne Boyle

 

“I thought it was a great game.  Coming on the road, I felt Arizona has played some of its best basketball recently.  They haven’t won, but the last five games have all been close.  Our focus was to make them take tough shots.”

 

On defending Joy Hollingsworth...

“I don’t know if she has been doing something different but she is a great player.  We tried to make her take tough shots and contain the three.  We did a better job defensively in the second half.”

 

On Cal’s post play...

“Our post players have been playing some of their best basketball.  They are the anchor we have to have defensively and they have really bought into that.  They have been working their butts off out there.”

 

On the team getting to the free throw line...

“It’s something we try to take advantage of.  At Arizona State we shot 47 percent at the line.  When we go on the road we have got to make our free throws.”

 

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