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Arizona Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 01, 2003
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Feb. 1, 2003

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Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes

"Our defensive effort in the first half was as solid as it has been all season. We did a good job of doing what we needed to do in order to limit their shots. We did a better job with turnovers; we kept them in single digits, and we only had two in the last 20 minutes."

"We had great balance with six players in double figures. I am very pleased with the effort we got from all of the players. We knew that we had to get our turnovers into single digits. We knew we had to hit the offensive boards, and we knew that we had to make our free throws. We did all of that tonight."

"In the second half, Ricky (Anderson) and Channing (Frye) did the best job they have done all year in anticipating the other team's shots. Ricky did a great job of anticipating shots and getting position under the basket. Channing did an outstanding job on the boards."

"Jason (Gardner) and Salim (Stoudamire) played very well throughout the entire game. The two freshmen - Hassan Adams and Andre Iguodala - also did a very good job, and they played well defensively."

Arizona Player Quotes

Senior Jason Gardner:
"I still don't think it was a complete game tonight. I think we still we haven't played for a full 40 minutes. Tonight our halves were a little better. I think the guys realized we needed to defend our home court."

"I feel good (after half of the Pac-10 season). We're in first place in the Pac-10 with half left."

Senior Luke Walton:
"We feel good because we're in first place (after the first half of the Pac-10 season). We lost a game we didn't want to, but we're in first and that's all you can ask for."

Sophomore Salim Stoudamire:
"In the Stanford game, we were flat. The whole team was off in all facets of the game. We feel we should dominate every game. Any time you lose a game, you're going to be more focused in the next game. We all don't like to lose."

Freshman Hassan Adams:
"It was a different team out there tonight. We came to play. That loss hurt us, but we bounced back. We worked hard in practice. We wanted to bounce back and get a win."

"(Winning tonight) takes a lot off our backs. We want to keep ourselves focused and keep our heads clear."

California Head Coach Ben Braun

"Something that's always been a key (for Arizona) is rebounding the ball. We didn't go out and rebound the ball, and that's what really hurt us."

"Every time we got within 10 or 12 (points), we didn't get the defensive stops. We couldn't close the gap because we couldn't get the consistency on the defensive end."

"We are a better team when we rebound, and Arizona exposed that. They're a very hard team to defend."

"We could have come to Arizona and played well and still lost. That's possible in Arizona, to play well and still lose."

"We had a lot of foul trouble in the first half."

"That was our worst free throw shooting game of the year. When you get to the line, you've got to capitalize, and we didn't do that."

"I'm not going to allow our team to lose confidence, but I want them to have a reality check. If we want to be effective in this league, we can't shut down after losing to Arizona and Arizona State."

"I think Arizona gives a lot of teams wake-up calls. You can't be inconsistent in Arizona. Every time we let up, they made us pay the price. They've got tremendous depth."

On Rick Anderson:
"We allowed Anderson to be a shooter. I'm sure he appreciates that."

On Jason Gardner:
"A lot of what Jason does doesn't show up on the scoreboard. What I like is that he goes out and gets seven assists and doesn't turn the ball over."

On Andre Iguodala:
"He's got good range. He's an active player, and he did a good job on Joe (Shipp). Joe ended up forcing a few shots."

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