Jan. 31, 2009
Interim head coach Russ Pennell Quotes
"First off I just really want to say how proud I am of our guys today. In the first half we started off shaky and really couldn't find our groove. In the second half we came out with a greater intensity and we were a lot more aggressive on both ends."
On Chase Budinger's afternoon
"At halftime we told Chase to keep shooting the shots his was missing. He was getting great looks and we knew it was only a matter of time until they fell. When you play Washington State, they are going to allow you to get open looks."
On team in general
"I really see our team coming together as a unit, both on and off the court. We are playing some of our best basketball right now and that is what every coach hopes for. Our players are beginning to believe in our defense. Sometimes playing defense is about overcoming mental challenges. They are seeing the benefits of good defense and are starting to buy in."
On lack of a road victory
"This team has been challenged on the road so far. Every game from here on out is going to be a struggle and that is what conference basketball is all about. We need to continue our tough defense and eliminate long runs and we will be able to overcome our road woes."
On today's crowd
"I think the crowd has been excellent during this run we've had. They've been great and I really want to thank them for the tremendous support. Our players, especially the younger guys, really feed on the energy from the crowd and it gives us a great boost."
Arizona Player Quotes
Junior Forward Chase Budinger
Key to win streak?
"The biggest thing is we're stepping up our defense. We've been aggressive trapping the ball. We're putting a lot of pressure on the ball, and teams don't like that so we're able to get turnovers."
Last year at this time vs. current status of team:
"Last year was very opposite. We were losing close games and we were just not getting it done down the stretch. Our chemistry is better this year and the coaches are doing a great job of getting us to play hard and give all that we have. They're keeping us healthy and rested. They just let us play."
On his second half improvements:
"I knew I kind of had to stop settling for jump shots. I had to get to the rim and get to the free throw line and that's what I did. I was more aggressive taking the ball to the hoop and getting easy free throws."
On being able to win a fast paced game Thursday and slow down game today:
"It shows our versatility. It shows we can run and we can play a slow down game. Now we have put these games behind us and move forward. We're playing better as a team and our confidence is very high right now. We're finally ready to win one on the road."
Freshman Guard Kyle Fogg
On defensive adjustments on Aron Baynes in the second half:
"In the first half we were just letting him have his way in the paint. In the second half we were able to get that guard down there and trap him in the post. We were able to frustrate him and make him kick it back out. Sending that guard down really helped out J-Hill and kept him out of foul trouble."
Sophomore Guard Zane Johnson
"If I'm confident, I know I can make my shots. The last few games I've been missing my shots, going through a little slump, but I was definitely confident tonight."