Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Dec. 12, 2003

Final Stats

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes

"We did a really nice job on the boards tonight. That was a real focus for us this week because even though we won last week, we did not do a very good job of rebounding. We knew that we had to improve on that tonight."

"BYU is a good team, and they are going to do well in the Mountain West. (Ashleigh) Chamberlain is a very good rebounder, and (Danielle) Chessman is a good player."

"We really tried to make them work for their three-pointers, and we did a good job of controlling the tempo. And, when you go 19-of-19 from the free throw line (in the second half), you are going to win games like this."


"I thought that Natalie Jones had her best game in a Wildcat uniform. She really stepped up leadership-wise when Dee-Dee (Wheeler) went out in the second half. CoCoa (Sanford) also was a huge spark for us off the bench."

"Our team definitely is getting better. We are getting good production from the bench and our young players. We have a good team. We just need to get more fans out here because we need their support at every game."

Brigham Young Head Coach Jeff Judkins Quotes

"We had moments where we played really well, but we also had moments where we didn't execute, and Arizona did a good job of capitalizing in those situations. We tried a lot of different things against them, but they did a good job of executing. Arizona has a very good team, and they did a very good job of getting the ball inside. Defensively, Arizona did a very good job with their guards, and they pushed the ball hard. We did a good job of not giving them transition opportunities except for turnovers."

"(Shawntinice) Polk is a great player. She is active, and she is a great passer and rebounder. We double-teamed her in the post, but she showed that she is very crafty inside. She is the only post player I have seen who actually gains ground when she throws the ball out. She is a very unselfish player, and she passes the ball out when she is double-teamed instead of forcing a bad shot."

"This was a good game for our team. This was a good challenge for us, and we definitely will learn from this game."

Sophomore guard Natalie Jones

"My defense worked for me tonight. That is the most important part of my game. Coach (Bonvicini) is always on me about my defense and tells me that if I play defense my offense will come, and it did."

"I've been struggling with shooting in practice, but I've been trying to break out of my bad habits. I finally had a breakthrough game."

"The biggest key for our team is to have fun. We know what we need to do, we know our game plan, we just need to execute and have fun."

"Coach (Curtis) Loyd has been challenging the guards on our team on getting five-plus rebounds in a game. All of the guards have been doing their part on the boards."

"I have to step up my game. I have to stop thinking so hard and just play. I'm there to help out my team. When I shut down, I'm not coachable and I don't respond to my team. It's all mental."

"We shoot 100 free throws a day. That gets us ready for the game. It gets us mentally ready so we can put them down in the game."

Sophomore center Shawntinice "Polkey" Polk
"We worked on our offense in the post for this game. We focused on our power game in practice."

"I know when I get the ball that I can kick it out to the perimeter. I know our guards can make the plays."

"I get double and triple-teamed each game, so I know when to kick it out."

"Danielle (Cheesman) did a good job playing defense on me tonight. She is smaller and quicker, and is able to rattle post players."

On Natalie Jones
"Natalie has been more aggressive and attacks the hole. She can help us in the long run with her play."

"She can step up in a game. She always gives 110 percent. I'm very pleased with her play."

"I'm used to foul trouble, I'm so used to sitting on the bench. I don't know what to do. The referees are going to make their calls. I can't do anything about that. I just have to deal with it. I lost my temper a little bit out there tonight, but I know that when I sit that there are players who can come in for me and get the job done."

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