Feb. 16, 2002
Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes:
"It was a tale of two halves. The first half they really chomped on us, we retreated and we were not aggressive, and we didn't rebound. How the heck does a team that shoots 75% from the line shoot 57%?"
On the second half:
"We put pressure on them, made tough decisions and I am proud of how we were aggressive and came back."
"It's tough, a lot of it is confidence and getting through tough games. We still need to play a lot better."
"We played, well it's not that we didn't play hard at times, we just didn't put up a fight. We stopped fighting. We didn't compete."
"They were playing and we weren't making adjustments. We had to go out and be aggressive because they were pushing us around. It is hard to come back because it takes so much energy."
On the second half comeback:
"I've seen about everything I could see."
"I'm really proud we made that run. I thought we were going to throw it in. It's tough, and I am tired of losing."
"We have to take the good things out of this and get ready to play ASU."
Arizona Player Quotes
Freshman Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler
"I think we were playing kind of scared in the first half. We had open shots, but we just weren't taking them. When they went on runs, we didn't fight back. The fight wasn't there in the first half."
"In high school, I was a shooting guard. I've been telling Coach Bonvicini that I can shoot the ball. I got the team hyped up when I had my little 20-second spurt at the end of the second half. We were on the same page at that point. My shots just happened to fall at that time."
"We are going to focus on the second half in order to rebound from this loss. USC is really good, and we can't only play one half against them."
"We knew what was on the line, but the fight in our team wasn't there. USC wasn't just going to lay down for us. We tried to rely on the referees to bail us out. Now this makes the ASU game a must-win situation."
USC Head Coach Chris Gobrecht:
"The critical thing in this game was not so much the huge momentum swing, but instead was that we didn't come out ready to play in the second half. We should have come out and put them away after the half, but we didn't and that was very critical."
"I thought that (sophomore forward Ebony) Hoffman was huge for us defensively. She was great on the boards and did a good job guarding (senior forward Elizabeth) Pickney."
"Arizona is a real streaky team and we knew that coming in here today. I fully expected something like this to happen (referring to the comeback at the end of the game), but not with three minutes to go in the game. We were fortunate that it didn't happen earlier in the game."