Dec. 6, 2003
Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini:
"At moments, we played really good tonight."
"We started the second half with Danielle (Adefeso) in the line up and that really made a difference for us with our size up front."
"Polkey (Shawntinice Polk) missed some shots down low and some free throws, but we were able to get her the ball a lot and she was able to get her first double-double of the season. She also had six blocks, which is a good day."
"I wasn't happy with our play in the first half. We were careless with the ball at times. In the second half, we let down at the end and let American back in the game."
"I give credit to American. They are a scrappy team and played very hard."
"In the second half we played better defense. We ran and were able to get the ball up and down the court. I am pleased that we were able to get to the free-throw line. We can definitely shoot a better percentage from the line and the field though."
"Tomorrow's game against UMass will be a good match up. UMass is an athletic team with good size on the wing."
"We are where we want to be and that is in the championship game of the Fiesta Bowl Classic."
"We are used to playing games back to back after last week."
Arizona Player Quotes
Junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler
"It was great to get the win because that is the most important thing, but we still need to work on our defense. It was great that we were able to keep (Shawntinice Polk) Polkey out of foul trouble because I feel like it puts more pressure on me when she is out. I tend to make bad decisions when she is out, so it really helps me and the whole team stay in sync when she is not in foul trouble."
"Danielle (Adefeso) did a great job, and I expect her to start as she continues to improve her defense. She is a junior, and she eventually will have that position and keep it for the next two years."
Junior center Danielle Adefeso
"It was great to my first double-double. I just want to keep winning, and I will do whatever it takes to help this team win. It is exciting to play with great players, and when (Shawntinice Polk) Polkey and I are in there at the same time, we really complement each other. I know that when she is shooting, I need to be ready to rebound, and when I am shooting, she is ready to rebound."
"Like Coach (Joan) Bonvicini always says, 'defense wins championships,' and it is true that good defense really makes your offense. We just want to improve as a team and win the Pac-10 Championship."
American Head Coach Shann Hart:
"There were spurts in the ballgame when our team looked good and executed on both ends."
"We just weren't able to contain or contend with their size and depth."
"Overall the first half was a good half. It was very competitive."
"They went on a 10-0 run with layups and got the ball inside. It wasn't anything (we) did defensively. Offensively (Arizona) just came in and pounded in on us."
"Unfortunately we didn't have the amount of depth they have in the post. They're shooting 50% because they've got layups."