Feb. 19, 2004
Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini quotes -
"Our defense really made our offense tonight. We pressured Oregon State a lot by getting into the passing lanes and creating a lot of easy baskets in transition. That was able to set the pace for us for the rest of the game."
On Arizona being Jekyll and Hyde at home and away...
"I think it is mental for us. We are the same team on the road and at home. We need to work on that next week when we go back on the road. We need to get through this week and beat Oregon on Saturday. It's all about confidence."
"We came off a difficult road trip last week, this was a good way to rebound. Hopefully we can build off this win."
"We need to take care of business from here on out, and finish strong. Our team needs to go into the Pac-10 Tournament with a great deal of confidence."
"I'm pleased with how we came out tonight. We came out strong, played hard, and really dominated the boards in the first half."
"It was great to see us run, and we were able to use our bench."
"We focused a lot on defense in practice this week. Last week was a difficult week. It was good for us to get a win like this. This was a good win for this program. This was about us tonight. This will only help us get better."
OSU head coach Judy Spoelstra quotes -
"Arizona really attacked the basket tonight and did a good job getting the ball into the post."
"Arizona's defense was ready to go tonight. They were fired up after last week. They are a team that plays very well at home."
"I think Hollye (Chapman) having six turnovers in the first half really hurt us. We gave them more shots than we should have."
"Dee-Dee Wheeler is the quickest player (in the Pac-10) by far. She has the best anticipation, and the best reaction (defensively). She was really on it tonight."
ARIZONA PLAYER QUOTES -
Senior guard Aimee Grzyb:
"We had two tough games away last week, so we knew that coming home had to be big. We had to play our hardest and boost our confidence, and that's exactly what we did."
"We have been emphasizing defense in practice all week, it really helped out a lot tonight."
"I shoot whenever I'm open. Oregon State played a lot of zone defense, so I had a lot of openings to choose from."
"We have to think of each game ahead of us from now on. If we don't keep winning, then we don't go to the NCAA tournament, and we know that."
Sophomore center Shawntinice Polk:
"We worked so hard on defense this past week. When you work on one thing so hard, it will be a big help in the end."
"Every defensive thing you can think of to do in a practice, we did, and believe me it really helped."
"Oregon State's post player [Brina Chaney] is really big. It's always a challenge to play someone who is that big."