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Arizona vs. Stanford Postgame Quotes
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Release: 01/26/2007
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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Arizona vs. Stanford

January 25, 2007

 

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes:

 

“The first half was one to forget, but the second half was one to remember and to build on.”

 

“(In the second half) I liked our passion, I liked our intensity and I thought we were good defensively. But more than anything we were aggressive and our intensity and passion carried through the team.”

 

“We were much more fired up (in the second half) and I am proud of the team. I’m not into any type of moral victories, but this was a game that we can build on and that will help our team because we definitely got better today.”

 

“Kelsey (Burns) has been patient. She has worked through things and I could tell in practice this week that she had gotten her legs back. The last thing we want to do is put any pressure on her because when her shot is on; her three pointer is like a lay-up; she feels that confident.”

 

“I thought that our players were getting each other open especially when we got Stanford into foul trouble early in the second half because our penetrations and kicks (were a lot better) and it was great to see.”

 

“I thought Malia (O’Neal) had great leadership on the floor. She hit some threes and opened up the floor, while Joy (Hollingsworth) hit a few (threes) as well. We had four players in double figures and that was great to see.”

 

“(At halftime) I was upset. I didn’t like our energy or a lot of other things. I’m the coach and I think that I’m a pretty good motivator, but you have to do that within the team and within each other and that really stems from your guards. I really got on Ashley (Whisonant) pretty hard and she needs to mature and grow from this. But I thought Malia and Jessica Arnold did a great job.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior Forward Joy Hollingsworth

 

On catching up in the second half

“We were just trying to chip away at the lead, but not lose our focus.  If we play like we did in the second half during the first half, then we can be a tough team to beat.”

 

“At halftime, Coach Bonvicini fired us up and told us that we have to play with heart and intensity if we want to win.”

 

On the play of Malia O’Neal and Kelsey Burns

“Malia stepped up and that is what we needed from our point guard.  We play off of our point guard because the point guard is the reflection of Coach Bonvicini.”

 

“Kelsey did a wonderful job tonight.  She took some great shots that opened up the court for us.”

 

Sophomore Guard Kelsey Burns

 

On being back on the court

“It was good to be back on the court.  To be playing again is a great feeling.  I just came in prepared for anything and I took what came.  It is amazing being out there with my teammates.”

 

Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer

 

“I thought we did a good job in the first half.  Arizona came out and played hard in the second half.  The team made big plays and we let them back in.  Candice (Wiggins) made big shots, played hard defensively and got some big offensive boards.  It is great having five players in double figures.  Now we just need to figure out how to handle a big lead.”

 

“I think Arizona is better than its record.  They have good shooters and we learned that last year.  We come in with a big target on our back but we have had great play all season.”

 

“I think we looked good in the first half but we didn’t come out aggressively in the second.  We need to put together two halves though.  They made too many threes and that was how they got back in.”

 

On the team’s post play

“I think they played really well, but I was disappointed with the foul situation.  Brooke (Smith) has had a great season.  Jayne (Appel), I think is the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.  We’ve got big kids that can score and can move.”

 

On the team’s poise

“I think this is a championship team.  We have been in tight games before and performed well.  Candace (Wiggins) hit some big shots for us and we have some very experienced players.”

 

Junior guard Candace Wiggins

 

“I felt good coming into the game.  I love this road trip to Arizona.  I knew they would come out hard.  I love the city and the atmosphere.  It is a great place to play.”

 

“I rely on the three point shot.  I think you have to have the mentality of a 50 percent three point shooter.  If you miss two than you know the next two are going in.  I shoot if I’m open and sometimes when I’m not open.”

 

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