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Arizona vs. Fresno State Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/19/2006
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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Arizona vs. Fresno State

December 18, 2006

 

Head Coach Joan Bonvicini

“This was not a good game for us. I thought we did a good job on defense in the first half. In the second, we just didn’t keep that up. We missed layups, and most importantly, they dominated the boards.”

 

“I thought Joy (Hollingsworth) and Amina (Njonkou) played very well. I think Amina played her best game as a Wildcat. She was great for us down low. Joy’s a warrior, you can always count on her to play her hardest, but we need more from the whole team.”

 

“I said to our team before the game that they needed to be nastier, and I didn’t see that attitude on the court. All of these games start with the attitude you bring coming into them.”

 

“There are always two things you can control: your effort and your attitude. Effort is something that can always be better, but as far as our attitude you could say that at times we didn’t play with enough heart.”

 

On the final two minutes of the contest

“We just weren’t smart out there. We had some good shots, we had some bad ones, but were never in position to grab a rebound.”

 

Arizona Student-Athlete Quotes

 

Senior guard Joy Hollingsworth

 

On the team’s offensive approach:

“We wanted to establish our posts. We are a better team when we play from the inside-out. That is how you open up the outside shots.”

                                

On the team’s offensive struggles:

“A lot of our shots weren’t falling. We missed a lot of layups, especially in the first half. Coach (Bonvicini) told us at halftime that we needed to calm down. We got frustrated a little bit. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves, though.

 

“We have to get this together. I know we will. We have a 0-0 record going once conference play starts.”

 

Sophomore forward Amina Njonkou

 

On her double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds):

“It doesn’t mean anything to me when we lose. I felt like I could have done better. I need to finish more shots.”

Fresno State Head Coach Adrian Wiggins

 

On staying close throughout the game:

“We hoped to keep the game close and have a chance. [Arizona] is a very good team. I know they had a tough year last year, but they are playing very hard this year. You can tell that.”

 

On pulling away late in the game:

“We were lucky enough to make some key plays and get some tough stops. That was the difference.”

 

On the physical nature of the game:

“We try to play a physical style, but they are very physical. We were scared they might push us around the court. They are a very scrappy team, but we were able to play tough and make some plays.”

 

On the significance of the win:

“This is a huge win for us, especially coming on the road. It will help us confidence-wise. Arizona has played some good teams already. I think this will help our RPI and not hurt them too much.”

 

On the play of guards Tierre Wilson and Chantella Perera:

“They played very well and kept making plays for us. They were guarded by a very good player in Joy Hollingsworth. They played really hard.”

 

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