Jan. 9, 2003
Arizona Head Coach Lute Olson Quotes
"Washington State has some outstanding 3-point shooters. Our intent was to limit their 3-point opportunities, and we obviously did not do a good enough job. Marcus Moore shot 8-of-12 from three, and he just killed us. He did a great job."
"We played very lethargically in the first half, and we didn't do a good job of getting the ball out ahead to the wings. In the second half, we got the ball to Luke (Walton), and things started happening with our big guys under the basket. We did a much better job of getting the ball ahead to the wings in the second half."
"Channing (Frye) did a very good job on the boards, but he also could have had four dunks if he had caught some good passes."
"It was great to have Luke (Walton) back. His conditioning was reasonably good, and I think he will be ready to play more minutes."
"You have to keep playing because the game is never over. There definitely are some things that we need to improve upon before Saturday. We have to do a better job of taking care of the basketball. Some of those turnovers came from people wanting to make great passes and forcing passes."
"Dennis (Latimore) plays so hard and practices so hard all of the time that we thought he deserved a chance to start."
Sophomore Center Channing Frye:
"It felt like we were kind of dead tonight in the first half. I had to step up and show up on the boards. I had to step up and play my game."
"Tomorrow we have to come out and have a more energetic practice."
Senior Guard Jason Gardner:
On The teams play against Washington State "The biggest thing is it is a Pac-10 game and you have to come out and defend your home court. We weren't mentally ready."
"At the beginning of the second half they made some shots and they made it a ball game."
On The Washington game Saturday
"Its important to play every game to get a good seeding for the Pac-10 Tournament and for the NCAA Tournament."
Senior Forward Luke Walton:
"It was hard just watching and it was fun to get out there and running again. I was just trying to get the feel of the game."
"We are easing into it in practice (Walton's ankle). It is in the back of my mind, and I think about it for a second, but after a while I forget about it. You have to make sure your not forcing stuff, you just have to come out there ready to play."
"We were kind of dead tonight, I was trying to get some energy out there tonight and get the crowd into it."