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Post-Game Quotes - Jan. 9 vs. Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 10, 2005
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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Jan. 9, 2005

Arizona vs. No. 8 Stanford

Post-Game Quotes




Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini: “We really hit a lull in the middle of the second half. We started well in the second half, we had a good lead, and we wanted to sustain it.”


“Polkey was getting tired in the second half. We need some other players to step up. Dee-Dee (Wheeler) was trying to do too much. She tried to put the team on her back.”


“We need other players who can execute and make good shots. Natalie (Jones) needs to step up. Ashley (Whisonant) needs to step up.”


“Stanford is a really good team. They’re smart and they make their free throws.”


“(The winning streak) was a great run. A lot better than we’re getting credit for. It hurts. We need to start another streak at home and we need to be appreciated for it.”


“We’re getting better. We’ve got our big girl back. We need to stop fouling and stop getting the other team to the free throw line.”


“(Stanford has) a good inside game, and they have a good outside game. We did a really good job on Brooke Smith. She wasn’t really a factor. Unfortunately, they got to the free throw line a lot.”


“Polkey’s not 100 percent. She played a very good first half. I knew we were going to need her today. We need a couple of other players to really step up and we need to rebound.”



Senior Guard Katrina Linder: “We’re hurt. It really hurts to lose this streak. But we have to keep our heads up and look to next weekend. It’s sad to see the streak end. But we just have to start another one and carry on.”


“We went on a patch where we didn’t score and we put them on the free throw line.”



Junior Guard Natalie Jones: “It’s a pretty tough one. She [Candice Wiggins] was one of the best athletes I’ve guarded.”


“We had our intensity in the second half, we just put them on the foul line to much.”


“As guards we have stuff we need to work on for next weekend for the Southern California schools.”


“One loss in all my time here hurts. We have to start up from the bottom. Our intensity goes up when we play here and it is a totally different atmosphere.”



Senior Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler: “It was a hard loss. We can’t worry about it that much.”


“Yes, it [having Pokey out on the court] is great. That’s my combo. I’m not saying the other posts aren’t good, but no one has stepped up since Pokey went down.”


“Just like Coach B has been saying, we’ve got to have heart. We lost it today.”


“Last year we got swept in by the L.A. schools. We want revenge.”


“[Candice] Wiggins is a great player. She is one of the most athletic players I’ve ever seen.”





Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer: “I think Arizona has a quality team. I know that (Shawntinice) Polk was not 100 percent. For us it was a good game for our guards. Today the guards stepped it up. It was great to have Susan (King Borchardt) back in our lineup. Overall, we made some great shots from the perimeter and that was the difference. (Dee-Dee) Wheeler was tough to guard. Towards the end of the game we did better with guarding her.”


“This weekend was huge. It gave our team the confidence that we can play anyone anywhere. We still have some areas where we need to improve. We played better in the second half.”


On ending Arizona’s 34 game home winning streak:

“That is a tremendous accomplishment. They are a tough team and we came in and played with confidence. We really had to defend. It is a compliment to what Joan has done here.”


“We talked about rebounding at the half. In these types of games when we play small we have to rebound. If we’re going to play three guards we have to rebound offensively and defensively.”



Stanford senior guard Kelly Suminski: “I think we are starting to shoot better. We were more aggressive. We realized that we had to rebound and try to win the game with defense.”


“Arizona is a tough team. We always expect a tough challenge from them. It just shows how competitive the Pac-10 as well as women’s basketball overall is getting.”



Stanford freshman guard Candice Wiggins: “I don’t know when the last time was that I made a three-pointer in a game. I’ve been working on improving my three-point shooting percentage and making smarter decisions on the court.”


“I feel like everything is falling into place for me. This weekend has helped me get some confidence in playing the game.”

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