Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 31, 2002
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Jan. 31, 2002

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Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini:

"This one hurts. You've got to credit them, they fought back. But you cannot falter like we did."

"We're a very good free throw shooting team and we didn't hit the clutch ones tonight."

"Our effort and shot selection was excellent. And for the most part, our defense was good too. We didn't rebound."

"We missed some key free throws down the stretch. We are a very good free throw shooting team and (the fact that we missed so many) is just mental. This is one we let get away. It felt like we were playing not to lose."

"The key for us is to get over this. It's over, now let's win. We let them have it. We stopped doing the things we did well. You've got to rebound."

On the status of Krista Warren:
"I think she is doubtful for Saturday and we're hopeful for next week. It wasn't the severity of the sprain, it was the swelling."

On Dee-Dee Wheeler:
"She is really tough. I couldn't tell that she had any injury."

On Saturday's game against Oregon:
"It's a huge game, we've got to get a split."

Oregon State Head Coach Judy Spoelstra

"We knew that we needed to step up in the second half. I looked at the stats from the first half. They were shooting 53 percent, had 39 points, and were seven of eleven from the free throw line. They were outrebounding us and were ahead in every category."

"In the locker room, I asked, 'Are they really boxing you guys out?' The answer was no. So, I said, 'Then you guys are just standing around and watching.'"

"When Felicia (Ragland) took the second three point shot in overtime, I almost thought (Elizabeth) Pickney had a finger on it at the end when she arched her back and went up."

"This game took a lot of desire, heart and effort. We had to get in there and get to the boards."

Arizona Player Quotes

Guard - Dee-Dee Wheeler

"Oregon State hit some clutch shots. They set up a lot of screens and were able to hit the open shots."

"Our team let them (OSU) back in the game because we were weak on the boards and we missed too many free throws down the stretch. If we would have hit the free throws like we would were suppose to, we would have come out on top."

"Oregon is a must win situation for us on Saturday. They beat us over there in Eugene (Ore.), and we need to rebound from tonight and get a win."

Forward - Elizabeth Pickney

"I think their rebounding was a big part of their comeback. Our missed free-throws gave the momentum of the game to them. We have to do better at hitting the one-and-one free-throws, especially down the stretch."

"Our post game was a positive. Our passing as a team was very effective. We kept looking for the open player and always tried to make an extra pass."

"The last play was designed for whoever was open. My shot wasn't that far off, but I felt I let it go a little long. I don't practice that many three-pointers in practice."

Oregon State Player Quotes

Guard - Felicia Ragland

"It is nice to have a big game like this on the road. My team needed me down the stretch. I missed some big shots at the end of regulation that could have put us on top."

"Our team played great down the stretch. We stepped up and crashed the boards hard."

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