March 16, 2003
Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini's Remarks
"We are very excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament. I am very proud of our team. We are excited to represent the University of Arizona. We have worked extremely hard, and we had a difficult schedule, and that's why we are playing so well right now."
"I am excited to play the Irish. It is going to be a great game for both of us. Notre Dame has a great coach and a storied history. We are going to be ready to play them, and we'll be prepared. We played Notre Dame a year ago, and we won on a buzzer beater, but come tournament time, anything can happen."
"We had a very good Pac-10 Tournament, and we are playing very good basketball right now. I do believe that we are peaking right now. We just have to put everything together because this is what you work for all season."
"We have had a big turnaround over the last year. Getting back into the tournament definitely was a goal of ours. We feel like we have something to prove, and we just have to take it one game at a time."
Arizona senior guard Julie Brase's remarks
"We are just so excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament. We haven't been there in two years, and we are very excited to play Notre Dame. We just have to go out there and play Arizona basketball. I think that we can match up pretty well with them.
"Krista (Warren) and I are the only ones who have been to the NCAA Tournament, so we have to help the younger players prepare for the tournament. The NCAA Tournament is a great experience. We have been working up to this all year. This is what you play for. We have to go out there and play each game like it is the last game of the year."
"It has been a great senior year, and it is so great to be back in the tournament. We have put in a lot of hard work. We did well at the Pac-10 Tournament, especially in the game against Washington. I think that our performance in the tournament really helped us get to this point."
"We have to go out and play hard. This is what we've worked so hard for, so we have to go out and give it everything we've got. We have to continue to do what got us here. We have to stick to our game plan; we have to rebound and play good defense like we have done all year."
Arizona senior forward Krista Warren's remarks
"It is good to be back, and we are very excited. The NCAA Tournament is a whole new level. We have to pick it up and be aggressive. It's going to be tough, but we have to prepare well each day in practice."
"There is going to be a lot of competition in our bracket. We just have to work hard. I think the way we played in the Pac-10 Tournament has given us a lot of confidence heading into the tournament."