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Arizona vs. UCLA Postgame Quotes
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Release: 01/20/2007
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Arizona vs. UCLA

January 20, 2007

 

Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano Quotes:

 

“The team (Arizona) played very well, particularly when they were coming back toward the end of the second half. They are a young team with a lot of injuries, and I really respect the job that they do.”

 

“I’m not (a coach), but the coaches here at the University of Arizona do a phenomenal job when working with the students and the players, it’s about the game but it’s also about the education.”

 

“Coach Bonvicini has done a great job and has built this program. Like I said, this program is going through a rebuilding time right now and you just have to keep your head down and keep working, and that’s exactly what she is doing.”

 

Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes:

 

“This was a tough one to lose,” head coach Joan Bonvicini said.  “We worked hard but we played in spurts. When we are focused we play really well, and when we lose focus, which we did in the last few minutes of the first half, that puts us down in a hole.”

 

“We definitely need to improve our shot selection. Jessica Arnold has to do a much better job of picking and choosing her shots. Joy (Hollingsworth) had a very solid game; she did everything out there. Ashley (Whisonant’s) shoulder is bothering her a little bit. She needed to work with her short jump shot, and she did a good job with that today.”

 

“We have improved this week in practice and it showed against USC. We just need to finish things out and play a full 40 minutes and not lose focus.”

 

On Arizona’s three points shooting...

“We should be shooting one-third of what we shot today. Joy should shoot a bunch, but everyone else should pick and choose. We shouldn’t be shooting more than eight or 10 (three pointers) a game, but the problem is you get down and try to play catch-up.”

 

Senior Guard Joy Hollingsworth

 

On the importance of free throws...

“They are very important.  We had a lot of chances to take the lead and that falls on us players, because the coaches do a good job of getting us prepared.  We have to perform and play harder.  We definitely need to play smarter too.”

 

On the team’s confidence...

“We are still confident.  We need to know how to win.  We need a win to propel us so that we can learn how to finish.  We are so close.”

 

Junior Guard Ashley Whisonant

 

On being the point guard

“Losing has been tough on everyone.  But being the point guard, I have to step up to help the team.  I need to do a better job of being a leader.”

 

UCLA Head Coach Kathy Olivier

 

“I thought both teams were very hungry and looking for a W.  The end of the first half we had a 10-0 run and that was huge for us; it was a big confidence builder.  Arizona never laid down.  They kept plugging away and they kept coming after us.”

 

On rebounding from the ASU loss...

“We were hungry.  It is never fun to go on the road and get taken deep.  The girls responded well.  We have good leadership with Noelle (Quinn) and Lindsey (Pluimer).  You want to win both games on the road but to at least split is good.”

 

On the difference in three point percentages...

“It was a little strange.  Arizona didn’t shoot well in the first half.  They got offensive boards and they got more looks than us.  To their credit they kept plugging away and down the stretch they shot better.”

 

On Lindsey Pluimer’s game...

“She came up huge.  If it isn’t Noelle (Quinn) then it’s Pluimer.  She missed her first couple of shots but she came back.  For her to get to the free throw line is always big because she is very productive from there.”

 

Senior guard Noelle Quinn

 

On her near triple double

“Two previous times I have been one rebound away.  I was almost there but we got the win so I could care less about stats.”

 

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