Dec. 7, 2003
ARIZONA HEAD COACH Joan Bonvicini
"We are playing very good. We are trying to be consistent with our play. Polkey (Polk) is playing better right now, and we are getting the ball to her more."
"Polk and Danielle (Adefeso) make a good combo up front. We will stick with that lineup right now."
"We are forcing some turnovers and getting everyone involved. I still think we can rebound better, but over all I am pleased with our team's play."
On running the 3-2 Zone
"We tried to use the 3-2 today, and play what we call 'the monster in the middle' where we roam."
"We tried to throw some wrinkles in their (Umass) offense with our zone."
"This was a good win for us. Since we have come back (from Hawaii) we really haven't had a day off. So tomorrow, we are going to have a day off."
"Umass is a very scrappy team. I think our size bothered them a lot."
"We just try to take care of our home court. If we win every game on our home court we will be fine."
ARIZONA PLAYER QUOTES
Sophomore Center Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk
"Once our defense kicks in, we are a much better team. We have been working on it in practice this week, and it's making us a lot better."
"I love the 3-2 defense. It's a lot of fun, and it helps the team out. Everyone is up and moving around."
"They (UMass) like to go to the high post. We messed up their offense with how we were playing defense."
"Danielle (Adefeso) and I are two big girls, and they don't know who to double team when we are both out there. I definitely have to compliment Danielle. She has been stepping it up in the last couple games. It makes the team better, and it's good for us in the long run."
"At halftime, we talked about better shot selection, moving the ball around, and just to continue doing what we were doing in the first half. If we continue to play together, then good things will happen for everyone."
MASSACHUSETTS HEAD COACH MARNIE DACKO
"I'd have preferred to come in here with last year's team. We lost seven players to graduation. This is a rebuilding team."
"We had no answer to (Arizona's) size."
"I have a point guard who's not really a point guard. We're playing with a swing player at the top."
"To Arizona's credit, they were intimidating to us."
"I thought when it was 28-18 in the first half, we had an opportunity at the foul line."
"(Arizona) was missing shots and we weren't coming up with the defensive rebounds."