Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 02, 2003
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Arizona player quotes:

Shawntinice (Polkey) Polk
"It doesn't matter if I play or not, we will win. We are a well rounded team. I know that this team can go in there and perform. We have a lot of depth on the bench."

On losing to Stanford:
"Everyone was down about losing to Stanford. We just had to pick up our game after that and we have. We played good team ball tonight."

On having 50 rebounds
"I didn't think we had that many rebounds. We haven't been rebounding like we should. We wanted to pick up and rebound tonight and we did. I should be averaging 15 rebounds per game. There's no excuse for me to not have that many. I think it's a good goal to push for."

Krista Warren
"The coaches emphasized rebounding for this game. Our goal tonight was to pound into Polkey. That's been good for us and we need to keep it up. I wouldn't score if Polkey wasn't in there."

"Last year we had a good preseason but we started to lose. It feels good to win our Pac-10 home opener. We're trying to come strong to the Pac-10 this year."

Julie Brase
"I don't think that we can compare ourselves to last year. We try to go out hard every night. We're playing a lot better defense. Having Polkey inside, really helps us. Defense and rebounding is key. It helps out our offense when we play defense. Rebounding was really the focus tonight."

On freshman Shawntinice Polkey Polk
"She's hard on herself. She doesn't like to lose. She likes to do well. She'll learn that she doesn't have to have a double-double every game."

Oregon player quotes

Andrea Bills
"We didn't execute our game plan very well. We let them get easy positions and let them take easy shots."

On Arizona freshman Polkey
"I played her a couple of times in highschool. She got an easy position on me and I couldn't stop her. She's a good player."

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes

"This was a great team victory. This was a big win for us because it was a great way to open the Pac-10 season at home. I also think that this was our best game as far as our substitutions and how much they contributed."

"I felt like we could rebound, and we focused on playing good defense. I challenged our players, particularly our guards, to get to the boards. Our goal was to outrebound Oregon by 15, and we definitely exceeded that goal."

"Our guards had to be ready to shoot the ball, and we also had to show that we have a balance with both our inside and outside shots."

"Julie (Brase) just sees the court and can really step out and hit her shot. She is a very smart player, and she was at the top of her game tonight. She passed, rebounded and shot very well."

"We need to continue to improve each day. We feel like we have something to prove, and we just have to go one game at a time."

Oregon Head Coach Bev Smith Quotes

"Hats off to Arizona. They really crashed the boards, and we didn't meet their intensity. We weren't very aggressive, and we allowed Arizona to get into their game."

"(Shawntinice) Polk is a very good player, and we didn't make her pay a price when she had the ball. We didn't battle hard enough down low, and our post players need to realize that they have to come with more firepower."

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