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Post Game Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 21, 2004
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Arizona Quotes

Head Coach Joan Bonvicini

On tonight's game...

"It was a physical game and we knew it was going to be. Michigan State did a great job establishing its inside presence and they were able to break our stand. The big difference was the rebounding. We were also able to get to the free throw line tonight, but we couldn't convert those chances into points. I'm proud of the girls. They battled and it's disappointing (our season) ended like this. We had a season with a lot of firsts and you can't judge your season off of one game."

On Shawntinice Polk's personal fouls...

"I don't like to put Polk on the bench because she affects the game. She intimidates players and can do a good job with picks. However, she can be too aggressive at times. She's still a young player and I'm glad I'm her coach."

Sophomore Center Shawntinice Polk

On her early foul situation...

"The two fouls that were called early they didn't call the rest of the game and I was doing the same thing (later). I didn't even know where the first foul came from. But I went in playing like I already had three fouls so it didn't really bother me."

Junior Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler

On not being able to convert down the stretch...

"We had three-straight turnovers. Our defense usually kick-starts our offense but, towards the end, we just couldn't convert. We didn't do a good job of executing and getting the ball in the basket."

Michigan State

Head Coach Joanne P. McCallie

On the game...

"It was a physical game with exciting twists and turns which made it a lot of fun. The thing that sticks out to me is our 41 rebounds. I think rebounding always seems to make a big difference. Thirteen rebounds for Liz (Shimek) is pretty outstanding, so I think that's a critical statistic for us. I also like five players in double figures. I like the balance and I like our team attack. Arizona is a very good team and they made their runs. I think it was our leadership that slowed those runs and allowed us to attack and really do what we like to do."

On her young team's performance in its first tournament win...

"This team is full of quick learners. I think last year's experience helped especially with Kristin (Haynie) and Lindsay (Bowen) who exude confidence. We have played a lot of very good games this season like those against Iowa, Penn State - even though we lost that one - and now this game. Now, we have another tough one with Texas. We know how tough Texas is and I know they'll be excited to play that game and play together.

On the Michigan State's offensive execution...

"I couldn't have known that we would score so many points (72). I'm most pleased that we were able to do so against the zone they played on us. We worked hard to prepare for the zone and it takes a mature team to play against it. I thought we matured from the beginning of the game until the end."

Junior Center Kelli Roehrig

On defending Shawntinice Polk ...

"We knew we had to protect the paint. (Shawntinice) Polk is a good player and we had to step up and defend her. We knew she was going to get her points, so we just had to play defense."

Sophomore Guard Lindsay Bowen

On the team's performance ...

"We came out ready and focused. We controlled the tempo and were playing together. We knew we had to play our top defense against Arizona. We are experienced and knew it was going to be a tough battle."

Sophomore Forward Liz Shimek

On the team's overall performance ...

"We just had to come out and play our game. We had to work on our rebounding and our defense. We had to play Michigan State basketball."

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