Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 04, 2003
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Arizona Player Quotes

Freshman Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk
"We were very pumped up for this game. We know that we are going to be leaving, and we have our fans here. So we get pumped up and that helps us throughout the game."

"We always want to win a big game like this at home. It is great for us. I really liked the way we played defense tonight. It was really good as a whole team and throughout the whole game."

"Any time I can get some rest, it's good for me. It also helps the team a lot. We can get some other players in there so we know what to expect when we play some big teams."

Freshman Natalie Jones
"This was a really good game for me today. We all have different roles on the team, and we need a defensive threat. That's what I see my role as. I'm not out there to score so much, but to help out defensively. I feel very comfortable going after the rebounds and helping out defensively."

"A lot of how we played today had to do with our intensity. At Ohio State, it was slow, but at home, our intensity is high and goes throughout the whole game. When the bench is cheering, we stay pumped up even with the subs in the game."

Sophomore Dee-Dee Wheeler
"I credit the defense for today's game. We allow our defense to spark our offense. When we get traps and great steals, it helps our transition offense."

"Before games, people make some great shots. I hope that we can keep on shooting over fifty percent."

"We've been away from McKale Center for a long time. It's great to be back and get two big wins."

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes

"We started the first half really well, and we set the tone for the game. I thought that we played a very good defensive game. We were mixing up our defense, and we did a nice job of anticipating and forcing turnovers. We also had a good inside and outside game on the offensive side. We are really coming together as a team, and we have good balance and team chemistry."

"Our defense has been very good, and we are forcing teams to play our style. We are doing a good job of playing smothering defense. We also are getting scoring out of a lot of different players, so the opponent can't just focus on a few players."

"Shawntinice Polk had a very good game. She not only dominated on the defensive end, but she also dominated on the offensive end as well. She was very intimidating today."

"Dee-Dee Wheeler's quickness really sparks the whole team, and she really showed her athleticism today."

"It was our first Pac-10 sweep at home, and now we need to get a sweep on the road in order to have a chance at winning a Pac-10 title. Our upcoming road games against Washington and Washington State are going to be huge. We just have to take it one game at a time."

Oregon State Head coach Judy Spoelstra

"Arizona was on a mission today. They played well. They have five people on the team that are on the same page. They played very good defense. Defense made opportunities for them."

"They have very good athletes. We have so many young players and we have a problem getting them to understand that this how it is in the Pac-10."

On Arizona's Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk
"Polkey makes a huge difference inside. We got the ball in good scoring position and every single time she was there. We tried to box out on her but every time we were late. She is the biggest difference from their team last year. They can get a lot of scoring inside. I don't know how people will play her."

"Arizona executed their game plan to a T. The only edge we had was when they brought in their bench, that's when we could keep up with them."

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