Jan. 17, 2004
ARIZONA HEAD COACH Joan Bonvicini QUOTES --
"In the first half we played very tight. We allowed them to control the tempo. We shot way too quick, but the second half changed things. We forced them into taking bad shots. It always starts at the defensive end."
"Now we are making the extra pass. [Shawntinice Polk] Polkey made some good passes. A lot is confidence. Everyone knows they will double [Shawntinice Polk] Polkey."
"Dee-Dee [Wheeler] made some good assists. I was proud of our team. In the second half everyone had a smile. When we went to man defense, things started to change."
"They [UCLA] are tough. They have three good guards which can beat you off the dribble. UCLA is a really good team. They will cause some people problems in the Pac-10."
"She [UCLA's Nikki Blue] had three fouls in the first half, and I didn't think we capitalized on it."
"This game gave Katrina Lindner confidence."
UCLA HEAD COACH Kathy Olivier QUOTES --
"I thought Arizona came out [in the second half] very strong. They looked upset they were down. They went inside to [Shawntinice] Polk, then started hitting their threes. They forced us to turn over the ball too much."
"[Shawntinice] Polk is big inside. She gets lay-ups in there. She moves well for her size. She has good hands."
On the large attendance tonight: "Oregon had a big crowd, so did Purdue. Our team is oblivious to it. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing."
"[Nikki Blue's foul trouble] was a little bit hard to get through. The team did a good job dealing with it. Nikki [Blue] got frustrated."
On Blue's fourth foul, an offensive foul: "She [Nikki Blue] goes hard to the basket and when you do that you're going to get low. That call could have gone either way."
"We're still trying to find ourselves. Noelle [Quinn] is doing a good job for us. We are a young team. Our leadership is in the younger players."
ARIZONA PLAYER QUOTES --
Sophomore guard Katrina Lindner:
"I've been struggling a bit with my shooting. It was nice to be relaxed (today)."
"(The crowd) was awesome. It is amazing what a crowd can do."
"Finally we started making the extra pass and it worked."
"It is hard (to come off the bench). When it's your chance to play you've got to step up."
"In the second half we started hitting more shots that we had been missing in the first half."
Junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler:
"We tried to make the extra pass and make their defense work, and it really worked in our favor."
"Polkey always catches my passes. I watch where she is and I try to get it there."
"In the first half we didn't play as intensive defense as in the second half. We tried to make them work for their (points)."
Sophomore center Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk:
"We need people to step up earlier in the game instead of waiting for the second half."
"(Hitting threes) opens up the game a lot."
"Katrina (Lindner) coming off the bench was great tonight. When anyone steps up it really helps the team out."
"The way we've been practicing and playing, I think it's going to work better for us on the road."
"We usually split on the road. We've just got to play two halves of basketball."