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Arizona vs. No. 23 New Mexico Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 06, 2006
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Arizona Women’s Basketball vs. New Mexico

December 5, 2006



Head Coach Joan Bonvicini


“This was a difficult loss.  New Mexico came in from the get-go and their guards lit it up.”


“We did not counter well and we definitely did not put enough pressure on them.  Our post played well, but we need to be able to show an inside and an outside game.  This loss was not acceptable; we have better players than this.”


“We did not communicate well, so we need to be more vocal.  We have to know who the shooters are.  New Mexico had too many open looks tonight.”


“Going big is good, we scored a lot in the paint.  But we need an outside game.  Tonight, we also had a defensive breakdown.”


Arizona Player Quotes


Forward/Center Shannon Hobson

“It feels good to be back out there, but it’s never good to lose on your home floor.”


On starting her first game of the season

“It’s good to know that my coaches have confidence in me, but I’m really just here to do what my team needs me to do. If that means starting or being a spark off the bench than that’s fine.”


Senior Guard Joy Hollingsworth

“The last four minutes we showed how we can play defensively. We should have played with that same intensity throughout the entire game.”


On the play of New Mexico’s Julie Briody, who scored a team-high 25 points

“She’s a great player and shot amazingly tonight. She was moving well without the ball and coming off a lot of screens. We had some miscommunications on those screens and that gave her some good looks at the basket.”


New Mexico Head Coach Don Flanagan


“We ran our offense well.  We started getting good opportunities and spreading them out.  They switched defenses several times and I thought we did adjusted quite well each time.”


“This is another Texas game, a confidence builder.  They are good team and it’s a road win.  We shot well and played with poise and confidence.  We did about everything we could do against them and we did it well.”


“We weren’t very good against Arizona State earlier this year.  That was good, it woke us up and got us more focused and determined.  Were 6-2 and that doesn’t look so bad.”


New Mexico Player Quotes


Senior guard Julie Briody


On Arizona’s zone defense

“We worked on it in our few days between games.  It helped prepare us for what we saw tonight and it helped us get easy looks.”


“We came out on fire and that helped our confidence.  With a good team like this if you’re not getting shots it can get in your head.”


On Arizona’s post defense

“They have really good post players.  It is hard to guard their posts one-on-one but you can’t really commit because they have good shooters to kick it out too.  We did a good job but they still scored in double digits.”


Junior guard Brandi Kimble


On her rebounding

“I look at the ball before it hits the rim and I can tell how it will come off.  The far ones I can’t get to.  I just crash the boards hard and eventually I’ll get rebounds.”


Sophomore forward Angela Hartill


On defending the post

“We tried not to let them get good position as we did in the beginning of the game and just stand our ground and push them as far out as we could.  We do need to do a better job blocking out.”


“They are a very physical and very strong team.  We need to get use to that kind of pressure.”


“All of our guards and everybody had a lot of confidence and that showed throughout the game.”


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