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Arizona vs. USC Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/19/2007
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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Arizona vs. USC

January 18, 2007

 

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini

 

“This was a game that we should have won.  We played good in the first half.  We played good defense and got to the free throw line but we couldn’t sustain it.  I didn’t like how we put them on the line early in the second half.  We had moments of being very good, but we need to put a whole 40 minute game together.”

 

“I didn’t like how, when things went bad, the body language would change.  It’s because we haven’t won.  This team is right on the verge, but our mental toughness has to start.”

 

“Joy showed that she can play and score with the best in the Pac-10.”

 

“I think we need to focus on fundamentals and encourage the players.  It’s not what happens, but how we handle it.  We will have a good practice tomorrow and come out and win on Saturday.”

 

(On Governor Napolitano coaching on Saturday)

“She has been a big supporter of our program since the beginning.  We will be honored to have her on the bench on Saturday.”

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Senior Guard Joy Hollingsworth

 

On the mental game

“I think that mental toughness comes with winning, so we don’t have it right now.  I take the blame for not stepping up and being more of a leader for my team.”

 

On losing

“We are on the verge of winning.  What is going to help is if we can sustain the sense of urgency that we have during the first half.”

 

“During the first half, we had a lot of energy and we were moving the ball.  But in the second half, we fell apart.  We got down on ourselves and we basically beat ourselves.”

 

Sophomore Forward Amina Njonkou

 

On her individual performance

“I think that I played hard at times, but I know that I have to get better for Saturday (against UCLA).  I need to play harder for the entire 40 minutes.”

 

On her physical play (rebounding, defense)

“That’s my game.  That is just how I play, but I just need to bring that sort of play in every game.”

 

 USC Head Coach Mark Trakh

 

“I thought it was a good game.  Both teams played well.  There were some exciting things.  We did a good job defensively in the last couple of minutes.  Either team could have won down the stretch.  It was a situation where some of our shots fell at the end.  We were fortunate because this is not an easy place to win.”

 

“I think it was physical on both sides.  It was about even; both teams were physical and went at each other.  Amina (Njonkou) was fantastic.  So was (Joy) Hollingsworth.  Amina was a load.  They killed us in transition.  They have great guards that push it up the floor.”

 

On Shay Murphy

“She has been a good leader but a reluctant go-to player.  We finally said, ?'hey you have to be a go-to player.’  She is learning to step up.  After her sophomore year we had some success and it really kicked in for her.  She is a great kid and I am privileged to have her on my team.”

 

Senior guard Shay Murphy

 

“The coaches, staff and my teammates told me to stay positive and keep shooting.  I tried to attack and I got to the free throw line.  After that shots started falling.”

 

 

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