Feb. 7, 2004
"Guest Coach" Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano quotes --
"There are more and more young women playing sports in schools. The opportunities that were not available in the past are now there. Title IX has had a positive effect on women's sports. I will continue to be a big supporter of women's sports and a great fan."
"I chose to be here in Tucson today because the University of Arizona was my first guest coaching job last year, so it will always be No. 1."
"When I was in the huddle with the team, I was listening to what coach (Bonvicini) was telling the players. I wasn't able to call a play like last year, but I was able to chat with the players and learn more about the game."
"This (Arizona) is a good team."
Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini quotes --
"We are first now, we need to take care of business from here on out."
"Cal played hard, they are a very scrappy team. It was close early, but we were able to pull away at the end."
"We normally don't ask for any help from up the freeway, but it is nice to be in this position. Now it is on us. I like the pressure."
"The way the Pac-10 title is going to be won is on the road. We are really going to have to play well in Los Angeles."
"We went to the zone in the second half and were able to stop their run a bit. We always have different players step up for us."
"Polkey is getting more confident with her game and wants the ball more. Shannon (Hobson) just keeps getting better. She still makes freshman mistakes, but she works so hard out there and is a great athlete."
"We are starting to play more consistent now. I like our ability to play down the stretch and put teams away."
"I hope we will be ranked. We are definitely deserving. We are one of the top 25 teams in the country. We deserve it."
ARIZONA PLAYER QUOTES --
Junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler:
"I think today was the first time we were cheering for ASU. We definitely wanted them to win."
"Cal is a team that never gives up. They went on a run, and came out strong in the second half."
"It feels great to be in first place. We have a lot of games left, and we need to focus on them. When you are ranked, or are in first place, other teams really play hard against you."
Sophomore center Shawntinice Polk:
"Shannon (Hobson) is coming around. She's a freshman, and she really works hard. She takes a lot of the pressure off me. We are learning how to adjust together."
"I like to assist. To get a win with assists is all I care about."
"I will play aggressive no matter what. The team needs me to go aggressive. I try not to worry about the fouls too much."
Senior guard Aimee Grzyb:
"Teams know we are in first. It could be a disadvantage. We have to give everything. It is ours to lose."
"We are later in the season now, and we have been playing together for a long time. The team chemistry is great."