Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Post-Game Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 06, 2004
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Junior center Shawntinice “Polkey” Polk: “Our thing now is to play a 40-minute game, which we did in both games of this tournament. Each game we get closer and closer to playing a 40-minute game.”


“We knew we were playing against shooters in this game, and our defense stepped up in the second half.”


“You can’t give up, especially with a team like Weber State that can shoot threes.”


“I’m positioning my body better. They’re not getting as many fouls on me. I guess good defense is paying off.”


“Defensively, we want to clog up the middle and force the other team to the outside.”


“Once we get on the same level where we’re all playing as good as the next person, we’re going to be really hard to beat.”



Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler: “Our defensive effort was raw. It could have been better.”


“We didn’t come out and play a strong game in the first half, so we wanted to do that in the second half. We focused on getting open screens and being aggressive.”


“We really can’t rely on Polkey’s blocks because that can get her into foul trouble. Polkey is really unselfish and she thinks team-first.”


“We want to win at home. Every game here we take personally.”


(On being chosen tournament MVP):

“It’s a great honor. We had a lot of great players and it’s an honor to be chosen.”



Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini: “A lot of it starts with our defense. I think it took us a while to adjust in the first half. They were playing a sagging man-to-man defense and we were taking quick jumpers instead of moving the ball. We made some adjustments and started to hit some shots. I was disappointed in our defense early. We got into foul trouble and weren’t playing smart. We came out in the second half with a few adjustments and played well for the most part.”


“Shawntinice Polk is starting to establish herself. Her shot blocking presence is unbelievable. I was happy with our bench points tonight. We scored 28 points off the bench.”


“I think for every game except the Ohio State game we have done a good job of holding our opponents to a low field goal percentage.”


“Weber State is a good shooting team. We had some match-up problems and they were really spreading the court out. We made a few adjustments and got out onto their shooters. I think you could see how later in the game their legs started to get tired and those shots weren’t falling.”


“Each game, the players are starting to understand their roles and how to play together. We are starting to play better. We are going to need all that and more to beat a good, physical Georgia team.”

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