Jan. 2, 2004
Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini quotes --
"Arizona State made a good adjustment to our zone in the first half. We started off the second half in man and I think that increased our intensity. We were much more active, and we were able to get steals and rebounds with our man defense. That got our running game going."
"Dee-Dee (Wheeler) was a human highlight film tonight. Danielle (Adefeso) stepped up in the second half for us."
"ASU has nice, big post players. We wanted to power it in whenever we could. ASU is a good team and a good shooting team. We just had a good game."
"We are a good team on defense. But Polkey (Polk) and Dee-Dee (Wheeler) are the best inside-outside combo in the conference, and one of the best in the country."
"We are making this place (McKale Center) a really tough home-court advantage for us. Our crowd was definitely our sixth man tonight."
"When Polk and Dee-Dee are playing well, we definitely need someone else to step up. We can't focus on just those two players. Danielle did that for us tonight."
Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne quotes --
"We didn't play well. We did not execute our game plan, and we know it."
"We didn't execute our game plan in either half. We got frustrated and starting taking quick shots, which is something you can't do against a good transition team. We didn't make the extra pass and break down their defense like we needed to."
"We were out there on the court, we just didn't do what we needed to do. That is disappointing."
"What is most disappointing is that we didn't do what we were supposed to do. We didn't guard (Shawntinice) Polk how we wanted to, and we didn't run our offense how we wanted to. Our offensive impatience didn't help our defense."
ARIZONA PLAYER QUOTES
Sophomore center Shawntinice Polk --
"This game was one of the best. Getting a win over your in-state rival on your own court is awesome."
"(Arizona State) was doubling me, but for the most part it was single. I'm not used to seeing that."
"I go into a game expecting to get no calls and have three fouls."
(On Danielle Adefeso) "She's the reason (opponents) can't double me. We can go deeper into our bench, especially in the harder games."
Junior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler --
"We altered our game in the second half. We were a little more aggressive."
"The fans are wonderful. We needed the support and the fans were awesome."
"(ASU) was more out of the game. They were more focused on what we were running on defense. We played our style and didn't change anything."
"We could have won the LSU game (last year). They have a great team but they're really short on their post."
Senior guard Aimee Grzyb --
"It feels good to make it to 1,000 points. I have good teammates to pass me the ball."
ARIZONA STATE PLAYER QUOTES
Junior guard Kylan Loney --
"Basically we didn't execute our game plan for the whole game. We let their two main scorers do whatever they wanted to do."
"When (Dee-Dee) Wheeler went left and scored on us every single time, you'd think something would have clicked."
"There are certain things (Arizona's) defense does that allows us to do certain things on offense. It was almost as if we didn't want it enough and we got killed by 21 points in the second half."
"The rest of (Arizona's) players really feed off (Polk and Wheeler). They're really great players and they're going to make their shots."
"If you take an outside shot on a team like this, they're going to take the ball and shove it down your throat."
Freshman forward Emily Westerberg --
"Everyone was trying to get open. Our team passed excellently tonight."
"Our team defense wasn't working well tonight. We left some girls out to dry."
"We're very much looking forward (to a rematch in Tempe)."