Nov. 11, 2002
Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes
"I thought we played well at times. We're not clicking on all cylinders. We need to pressure the ball better. We had a lot of freshman on the floor. They didn't play like freshman. The first part of the game we had some real nervous players. After the 10 minute mark they settled down a bit."
"This is a good team. They get a long well. There's really good chemistry. I feel like Natalie (Jones) and (Shawntinice) Polk both played well. Dee-Dee (Wheeler) and Krista (Warren) played solid. All players will get some experience, it just takes time. We need the senior experience from Julie (Brase). Julie feels good. She won't come back until we're sure she's 90-100% better. I'm sure she's going to practice this week."
"It was good for us to play someone else. It gave us a chance to see what we need to work on. We got a chance to see what we need to improve on. There's a lot that we need to work on before we face LSU. We have a week of practice to work on some things. We need to pressure the ball more. I feel like we rebounded well. We took care of the ball well. We just didn't execute well offensively."
Shawntinice Polk 4-13 from the free throw line:
"Polke makes free throws during practice. She was just nervous tonight. Lots of players were nervous and it's our job to settle them down."
Sophomore Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler
"This game was a test of our season and how we are going to play. It will prepare us for our next game against Team Concept, which will prepare us for the regular season."
"We have a ways to go. This game showed us what we have to work on and improve, but overall, it went really well."
"We have a lot of depth at the guard position. We miss Julie (Brase), but it's not that noticeable, and that's good for us."
"I think that our half-court press is more effective. We still need to work on our full-court press more."
"We don't know our starting line-up yet, so this game was a test of each player at each position."
Junior Guard Aimee Grzyb
"It is great how everyone on our team can contribute the way that they do. It's great to know that if someone has an off night, someone will fill. Our depth will help us out a lot."
"The freshmen don't always play like freshman. They have great attitudes and are great rebounders."
"I like our full-court press better. With certain teams, it is better to use a half-court press. As long as we play great defense, it doesn't matter which one we are using."
Freshman Center Shawntinice Polk
"Overall, our team did really well. We were talking to each other out there, and that's very important."
"We were in there contesting all their (Czech Republic team) shots, but they were just really good shooters."