Jan. 1, 2010
Arizona Women's Basketball v. UCLA Bruins
January 1, 2010
Coach and Player Quotes
Niya Butts - Arizona Head Coach
"Obviously we are not happy with the outcome. Certainly we want to win but I was pretty pleased with our teams effort overall. We had a couples lapses there and didn't play a complete forty minutes but some of that I'm not sure it wasn't my fault. Maybe I should have called a few more timeouts to rest us or make a few more substitutions."
"But I want to make sure I give credit to UCLA. They made some shots when they had to make them. They had some key offensive rebounds and they were able to capitalize on some of our turnovers."
"I want to make sure I do is give our team credit for fighting hard. We're certainly getting better and better every day and we've got to be ready to play USC on Sunday."
"We had some breakdowns defensively where we weren't as active as we should have been or as we were early in the ball game. They are veteran players and they knocked shots down when they needed them."
#3 Ify Ibekwe - Junior Forward
"I wanted to step up and bring as much energy as I can, especially starting Pac-10. When you start in the conference, of course you are excited and hyped. That's how I should have been playing all year and I'm trying to bring it back every game."
"The key point in the game was we needed rebounds and we came up short." "You get tired but I don't think that's an excuse. You should be active all the time. At times in the second hald we just weren't active and that's going to hurt us. If we can play hard and be active for more than 35 minutes than I think we are going to upset a lot of teams."
Nikki Caldwell - UCLA Head Coach
"Arizona did a great job of making us have to score from the perimeter. In the first half, obviously we weren't making some shots. But down the stretch we were able to make some big shots"
"They did a great job of collapsing whenever the ball was inside which made our guards have to knock down the open jumper. If you're not knocking that shot down then it's going to be a long night for any team that goes against this defense."