Nov. 5, 2001
Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes
"Obviously we have a lot of things that we need to work on and we had too many turnovers in the first half. The good part about tonight was our rebounding. We rebounded well in crunch time and showed a lot of poise. We made clutch plays towards the end as well as free throws and rebounds."
'It's (rebounding) going to win games. Our guards didn't do a good job of moving the ball tonight. We had a lot of good shots off of offensive rebounds, not ball movement."
"Defensively we need to put better pressure on the perimeter, players were getting to the baseline too easily. At times we didn't rotate out of the trap and that was frustrating. But we improved in the second half and our rebounding was excellent."
"I thought that (freshman guard) Dee-Dee Wheeler had a great opening night, and she's going to be a heck of a player."
"The players we played against were obviously seasoned veterans, they all have college experience and some of them have even played pro ball."
Senior Center LaKeisha Taylor
"I believe Team Concept had very good defense. In the first half, we tried to reverse the ball, and they were always in the passing lane. It was not a good start. By the end of the first half, we changed things and started to have a good half."
"I am thankful to contribute especially in such a close game. They played good defense and good offense, too. I was not satisfied with my fouls though, but I can work on that."
"I think that Team Concept's defense was able to over-deny wings in the reversal. We expect to change the reversal with the guards. Hopefully we'll see it in our next game."
Junior Guard Julie Brase
"It was our first game, and we have a lot to work on. I feel like my shooting stroke is getting there. I am going to keep working on it."
"On offense, our guards look for the posts too much. The guards need to take their shots. In the first half, a lot of turnovers came on getting the ball to the post."
"Dee-Dee is a great player especially for coming in as a freshman. Her intensity up front motivates everyone else. You can expect a lot out of her during the season."
"As a team, we can work on a lot. The guards need to work on the ball reversal and penetrating the gaps. I need to calm down and just play."
Sophomore Guard Candice Allen
"In the first half, we struggled to get used to them. In the second half, it was clutch time. Every time we held the ball, it was a turnover or something."