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Post-Game Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 23, 2005
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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Arizona vs. No. 10/12 Arizona State

Dec. 22, 2005

Post-Game Quotes



Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini: “Tonight was very difficult. I think that we need to sustain our intensity. We lose our intensity and focus in games. Twenty-eight turnovers is unacceptable. ASU’s advantage is that they are able to run and that they are able to get up and down the floor with a lot of different players.”


On ASU’s size advantage

“Everyone’s taller than us right now. It’s not like we’re real tall. We’re able to play well, but a lot of it is mental. We’re playing and playing well, and then there is a mistake and we don’t have anyone who says they’re able to stop this and keep our intensity up. What we are going to do is go and enjoy our three days off and then come back and then we are going to work, because it is not okay. It’s not okay to lose. A lot of it is toughness and a lot of it is mental. I’m not trying to take anything from ASU, because I think ASU is a fine team.”


On vacation

“Some of the players need to stop hanging their heads. We are going to come back here and we’re going to work, and we’re going to do it the right way.


On Ashley

“Ashley played real well offensively. She is a tough kid.”



Sophomore guard Ashley Whisonant: “The last few games were frustrating, but not like this one because it was at home. I think it’s mental things. Committing twenty-eight turnovers is mental. We’ve got to stay focused. We need to think about what we are doing before we do it.”


On the vacation

“I might have to read through my point guard manual again on the plane ride home. You always miss your family. It clears your mind and you come back and play hard.”



Arizona State Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne: “Wins are never easy. We obviously had to work hard for this victory. We executed well offensively. I think we got away from our defense in that stretch in the first half. We settled in and stopped giving them wide-open looks.”


“I think it [height advantage] was very important. Kristen [Kovesdy] posted strong all night for us. They tried to pack it in at times and that opened things up for Ragan [Pariseau] and our perimeter players.”


On the homecoming of Tucson native and Catalina Foothills High School graduate Kate Engelbrecht

“Kate is really coming on for us. What I love most about her, besides her being skilled and athletic and smart, is that she moves without the ball. She creates her own shots by gapping and cutting and reading the defense. She is becoming a tremendous fit for us.”


“This was a Pac-10 win and a road win for us. It is huge.”


“At the half, the team was really fired up from that run we had going in. We knew we had a lot to give still. We hadn’t played our best in the first half. We started stepping off their posts to cut off the drives to the basket. We got better post play and made some adjustments against their zone.”



Senior Forward Kristen Kovesdy: “It was a great gift for the seniors. We hadn’t won here [since 2001]. One of the seniors from last year’s team called us before the game and told us we had to win this game.”


On the height advantage

“It helped us with our post-up game. Our guards did a great job of finding us. They were driving and slashing. I think the height advantage made it easy for them to find us.”


On winning seven games in a row

“Teams have a tough time playing us because they can’t stop five or six of us. Everyone plays hard. Our scoring is balanced. Everyone works hard and hits the boards.”


On overcoming a brief deficit midway through the first half

“We just had to calm down. We had to play our game. We sort of took a step back and said, ?'Hey, we’re going to do this.’”

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