Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 22, 2002
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Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini:

"I'm really proud of our team. I think we learned a lot about ourselves tonight and what kind of game we are capable of playing. We could have executed better down the stretch, and that was the difference maker tonight."

On Center Shawntinice Polk:

"Polkey" had a great impact in the game tonight. She dominated parts of the game and I think we could have went into her a little more than we did."

"Our team needs to step up and hit shots from the perimeter. We need to take care of the ball better and rebound. We gave up too many offensive rebounds tonight."

"Our goal is to win the next game. We have a lot more to work on."

"LSU was a very good team and we gained a lot of confidence tonight with our performance against them."

LSU Head Coach Sue Gunter:

"If I was a fan, I would have got my money's worth tonight. I think we saw two of the best freshmen in the country play tonight in (Shawtinice) Polk and Seimone (Augustus) and two of the best point guards in the country in Dee-Dee Wheeler and Temeka (Johnson). As far as point guards go, it doesn't get much better or quicker than those two."

"Arizona had a great game plan against us. They forced us to take shots we didn't want to take."

"I have known Joan (Bonvicini) for a very long time and before the game we both knew we were going up against very good teams. We both knew that this game was going to be a war."

On Arizona's Center Shawntinice Polk:

"We really didn't have a answer for her (Polk) tonight. She is an outstanding player. She got on the boards and I think we (LSU) did a pretty good job on the boards, but she was able to get in there and get some put-backs."

"Arizona's zone was very good tonight. We did what they wanted us to do and we forced a lot of shots that we didn't want to take. We are very fortunate to get a win tonight."

Arizona Player Quotes

Sophomore Dee-Dee Wheeler "We had that game. Toward the end, we just stopped executing. You have to give credit to LSU. They made key shots at the end of the game. This game just proved that we can battle with the best.

"We have to keep our heads up. This game just shows us what we need to work on. We should have gotten the ball down to Polke more."

"I compare this LSU team to USC. They have the same athletic players that USC has. Last year we actually went to overtime with USC. We fear no team in the Pac-10. If we continue to play like this, we should win the Pac-10.

On freshman Shawntinice Polk "Polkey had a great game. I have to congratulate her. She got a lot of her jitters out during the exhibition games. She's better now.

Junior Aimee Grzyb "This game proves that we can play with the best. We knew we could have had this game. There are just little things that we need to work on. They worked hard and came out with the win. If we keep this level up, we will be a great team."

Freshman Shawntinice Polk "We played hard. We did everything we could do. This Arizona team is out to fight. We would get into spurts, they would get into spurts. We played good defense. We are going to be good. If we continue to play like this, we will be excellent."

Senior Krista Warren On LSU freshman Seimone Augustus "She does everything. We tried to play zone on her. That gave us an opportunity to show individual talent."

LSU Player Quotes
Seimone Augustus "They are a good team. We expected a tough game. In the beginning, they played harder then we did. We just had to get into the game. I just wanted to come tonight and play hard and have a good game."

Aiysha Smith "Polkey is a good player. She's a big body. As she gets older, she will get better. We tried to foul her but it's hard to get over her."

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