Dec. 29, 2003
HEAD COACH QUOTES
Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini
"It was pretty ugly in the first half. It was a pretty physical game. Going into this weekend, we were ready for Washington, but this game was mentally the toughest out of the two games."
"We played hard, and got a lot of steals. Polkey (Shawntinice Polk) was dominating. Having 19 points and 17 rebounds, that is a nice way to start off the Pac-10."
"Dee-Dee (Wheeler) was running and Natalie (Jones) was getting a lot of steals. Rachael (Schein) might not score a lot, but she adds so much physically to our team. It was nice to see Shannon (Hobson) score as well."
"The game on Friday against ASU is going to be physical."
"We are starting to gel a little. We pressed, were able to force some steals and change the tempo. We played a lot better in the second half."
"Aimee (Grzyb) really wanted to go in and get it (1,000 points). I didn't want to chance it though (with her Achilles soreness)."
"I'm happy we responded well in the second half and were able to pull away."
"We weren't very good at taking care of the ball. We need to do a better job at that. But it's a season high with steals for us, so that is good."
Washington State Head Coach Sherri Murrell
"Polk is a dominant player. If they miss a shot, she is like the Windex cleaner for them, she cleans it up. So that is the dominance there."
"We didn't take advantage of Arizona being lethargic in the first half. They are a good team and are not going to be lethargic for 40 minutes."
"Any time our guards attacked, we scored. Then we stopped attacking."
"They didn't underestimate us -- Joan (Bonvicini) is too good of a coach to let that happen. I just don't think that they respected us."
"They were really aggressive on the boards. If you look at our team and their team, they should have out rebounded us by 20. But that didn't happen and I'm proud of our team for that."
"We are a scrappy team. We have been like that all year long. Any time the ball doesn't go in, we are going to have some hands on it."
ARIZONA PLAYER QUOTES
Sophomore Center Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk
"We were down in the first half. We weren't hitting our shots or playing our game. Our game is to rebound and run. At the half, we talked about it and said it would be close if we didn't play our game."
"I was just going with the flow. I try to go off my teammates. If they feed me the ball and they think I need to score, then I will."
"I couldn't get the ball to drop sometimes. I just kept going after it to get those rebounds."
"When they were shooting, they were getting too many offensive rebounds. (Coach Bonvicini) stressed boxing out on the defensive end. We have practiced our running game to make teams play our game. We already knew that, but that's what she stressed at the half."
"It's always good to win at home. We get to play with our fans. Something about it is protecting our home court. The guys win here, so we should too."
Junior Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler
"We felt that we played horrible in the first half. A horrible shoot-around (this afternoon) led to a bad first half. We wanted to do what got us here to our 9-2 record."
"Our guards needed to rebound. I haven't been rebounding, so I decided to get in there and rebound. One time I was even up with Polkey. She was rebounding like people had points. Her presence in there is great."
"It was a good game. I think I need to continue playing like this. I didn't want to accept some of those turnovers, but it's all right."
"We can't play like this against good teams. Other teams won't sit down like this. We need to play a complete game."
"(Arizona State) hasn't had a great year so far, but they will be up for a rivalry game. It'll be physical."