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By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 11, 2003
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Jan. 11, 2003

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Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes

"When we had all five guys playing defense, we made it hard for them to run their offense. We still need to work on getting all five guys to put pressure on the ball at the same time. We did a good job of attacking the basketball, and we made them turn the ball over quite a bit. We also got some turnovers on full-court pressure. We were able to get a big lead as a result of our ability to force turnovers and convert on those turnovers."

"We still need to do a better job of taking care of the ball. Our offensive board work was not good; we are not anticipating well, and we need to get that straightened out very soon."

"It was great to see Salim (Stoudamire) end up with 29 minutes. He did a very good job of not turning the ball over. He really added a lot for us. His conditioning is much better now, and his shot is much quicker, and he has better lift. He took good care of the ball, he drew fouls, and he knocked down his free throws."

"Andre Iguodala played very good defense, and he did an outstanding job with five assists. It probably was his best game overall. Defensively, he really gave (Doug) Wrenn a lot of problems."

"Dennis Latimore played great for us off the bench. It was nice to see that out of him; he did a nice job with six rebounds in 16 minutes."

Arizona Player Quotes

Senior Jason Gardner:
"He (Salim Stoudamire) is a great shooter. His shot is starting to come around. He's been banged up and now he's starting to get his strength back."

"We've got a big road trip in California ahead of us. We have to start tough right from the jump ball. By then, more guys will be healthy so hopefully that will wear other teams down. Coach Olson's biggest thing is that he wants us to wear teams down."

"They (Washington) came in with a lot of fire. But the biggest thing was that it's our home court. We hit some shots and they didn't."

Senior Luke Walton:
"Salim is doing well. It's taking him a while to get his groove back."

On the team's slow start:
"It happened again, we need to stop doing that. It shows how good of a team we can be defensively. We're not playing as tough mentally as we should be. We're just not coming out with the intensity that we need. If we let them come out and make some shots, we let them get some confidence that they can stay in it."

"I was not really on top of my game, but it felt good to be out there. They (Washington) are a good team, they've got good players. (Doug) Wrenn got in some foul trouble, but they are going to make some noise in the Pac-10."

"Even though we all are comfortable playing with everybody else, knowing who's starting and who's coming in is a little something extra."

Senior Rick Anderson:
"We've just got to get ready to play. Everybody played well, we gave it our best shot but some shots just weren't falling."

"The team is starting to click and develop that chemistry."

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