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Post-Game Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/30/2005
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Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini: “We had it. I am disappointed. I want to say that I am really proud of our players. Natalie hit two awesome shots. I thought there were some missed calls throughout the game.”

 

“Down the stretch we played hard and didn’t give up. These were two great basketball teams. They are very aggressive and so are we. In games like this, you learn more from a loss.”

 

“There were a lot of positives. I thought we played better offense in the second half. We had better execution. Our shot selection was very poor in the first half. They are a tough rebounding team. There were some tough calls.”

 

“Our strategy for the last three seconds of regulation was to put pressure on the ball. I wish I had put Danielle (Adefeso) back in for the last three seconds. That was my mistake.”

 

“We got a lot out of today’s game. I think we grew up. The kids played hard. Our freshmen played well. I think Polk dominated at times, but we could have gotten her more looks. I know we will improve from this. I’m proud of our team. They didn’t hang their heads.”

 

“The rebounds were really what did it. We needed to get more rebounds. A big part of it was our bad shots. When you have bad shot selection you don’t know where the ball is going to go.”

 

“It was great to have the governor here. She had great words for our team and was very supportive.”

 

“We are disappointed. It is hard not to be. We want our players to hold their heads high. We will be better from this.”

 

 

Junior Center Shawntinice Polk: “This game was really intense. You can’t stop playing until the buzzer sounds and that’s exactly what we did.”

 

“You pull a lot more from a loss. We played a very good team and it was a good game the entire 40 minutes.”

 

“It was really physical out there. The referees let us play and bang around in there for the most part.”

 

“I am really proud of the team. We stayed together the entire time and almost beat the No. 20 team in the country.”

 

“This game says a lot about our team. We have a lot of heart. We don’t like the feeling of losing, but we played a good game and now we know how far we can go and what we are capable of.”

 

 

Junior Guard Natalie Jones: “I can’t explain the shots that I took. When the ball came to me I just let it go. I was planning on giving it to Polkey, but when I got the ball I just threw it up there. I was really glad when they went in.”

 

“The loss hurt but there is nothing that we can do about it. It’s one of the toughest losses we have had and we have to rebuild from it.”

 

 

Freshman Guard Jessica Arnold: “We thought we had the game won. I feel so sad for our team. We worked so hard together today. We feel like we deserved to win. You just walk away knowing you learn from games like this.”

 

“It was physical. Every game is physical. They are a great defensive team. We knew we had to be aggressive and attack the basket.”

 

“We will learn from this. We have more confidence and we have stepped up our play. We will be strong to finish the Pac-10 season.”

 

 

 

 

 

Governor Janet Napolitano: “The girls lost a very tough basketball game. They came back from a big disadvantage.”

 

“It was one of the best games I have been to. The team gets better every year.”

 

“Maryland is a good team and they are part of a good conference. Losing in overtime is pretty tough on the players.”

 

“The crowd was great. They were really loud. Those who came saw a great game.”

 

 

Maryland Head Coach Brenda Frese: “I thought we had the momentum going into overtime. I knew we wouldn’t let this win slip by us.”

 

“This is a tough place to play and to steal a win here against one of the top-three teams in the Pac-10 is good.”

 

“We run a three-second play everyday in practice. So we were well prepared. I’m just so proud of this young team.”

 

“I think we grew up a lot this week. We had a shot to beat Duke at their place, which is hard place to get a win. Then to come in here, another tough place to play, and get this win is great.”

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