Nov. 18, 2001
Joan Bonvicini Quotes
"We have a lot to work on. In the first half, we were confident. In the second half we allowed Pepperdine to get back into the game. I'm just glad that we came out with the win. We need to move the ball around more."
"Pepperdine did a good job double teaming our post. Pepperdine never gave up. We got hesitant and gave Pepperdine the confidence that they needed."
"It was a good win for us. It was our first game of the season, and we had a lot of jitters. Our backs were against the wall, and we responded well. I'd rather learn from a win than from a loss."
On Junior Krista Warren:
"She's a warrior. She does whatever we need her to do. She can play on the wing and on the post. She is very physical for us."
On Junior Julie Brase:
"She wanted the ball at the end of the game. She had fire in her eyes. Julie never hesitated. I like the confidence that she has. The confidence that she had is why we won."
Arizona Player Quotes
Junior Guard Julie Brase
"We found out tonight that no lead is too big. It was a good learning experience for our team. We found out that we have to play hard throughout the whole game, not just the first half. Pepperdine came out in the second half and gave us everything they had but we were able to pull it out in the end."
"This was a great win. We have a few big games coming up against Ohio State and Notre Dame. This was a good game to help us prepare for those teams."
"My shot felt great tonight. I was glad I was able to hit those shots. I was frustrated when my shots weren't falling in the two exhibition games. I knew that I needed to play harder on defense and that would lead to my offensive game to come around. I feel like every shot I take is going to go in. It felt good to hit those shots tonight and give me some confidence in my shot."
"Ohio State is going to be a big game. We are going to have to work hard in practice this week in order to prepare ourselves for that game."
On teammate Dee-Dee Wheeler:
"Dee-Dee played a great game tonight. She had a great defensive stop late in the game and she hit both of her free throws in the final minute. She really did a great job down the stretch."
Senior Forward Elizabeth Pickney
"We prepared in practice for when Pepperdine was going to double team the post. We knew we were going to have to kick it out to the guards a lot tonight and they really stepped it up and made some key shots for us. The guards were having some trouble passing it down to us tonight. We will have to work on that for the next game against Ohio State."
"Our team took what Pepperdine gave to us tonight. Our guards were able to hit the open jumpers which was key to this game."
Freshman Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler
"I play with the same intensity throughout the whole game. I have always played against men. I didn't even play against girls until I got to high school. I always try to play with people who will make me better."
"I thought this game might be close before the game started. At halftime I thought we were going to win the game by 20 points. Pepperdine really stepped it up in the second half. We relaxed down the stretch and made some clutch free throws and shots."
"Teams are going to learn they have to play us straight up. They're going to find out our team is not just the twin towers down in the post. We have guards who can shoot the ball really well."