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Arizona vs. Washington State Post-Game Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 25, 2005
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Head Coach Joan Bonvicini: “I think early on when we went back and forth, I was disappointed in our intensity. As we started to play harder, our defense picked up and we were able to pull away.”


“Pokey rebounded well. Our guards figured out the traps. With Dee-Dee [Wheeler], Natalie [Jones] and Jessica [Arnold] hitting threes, it makes us such a better team.”


“We are getting healthy. When we are healthy, we are a great team. I thought we took good shots. We needed a win like this after such a disappointing loss.”


“Saturday’s game against Washington is a big game for us. We will be playing for a No. 2 or 3 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament. The worst we can get is a third seed.”


“Dee-Dee is such a great player. Danielle is having her best season. It was nice to see Katrina score. They will all have family here on Saturday. I know Danielle’s mom is here. Katrina’s mom even was able to come. And Dee-Dee will have her brothers here and numerous other people.”




Senior guard Dee-Dee Wheeler: “We just came out and increased our intensity. No game is easy. Washington State came out early and played hard. They were up and down intensity-wise. Polkey dominated inside the whole game. She did a great job of rebounding and getting us out in transition.”


“We hadn’t been getting out in transition very well. We made great outlet passes, especially Polkey. That was key for us getting into transition and making easy buckets.”


“It’s always fun watching the other players play that work so hard in practice. I’m looking forward to my last game in McKale. I will be sad and happy. I think I’ve had a great career and I made a great decision to come to Arizona. Washington plays hard, so we will all have to be ready and just try to have fun.”



Junior guard Natalie Jones: “We went up to Oregon (last week) and let ourselves down. We needed to win up there and didn’t. This win definitely helps us for the rest of the Pac-10 season and the tournament. It also gets us ready for Washington because they are similar to Washington State.”


“A lot of our success was because we were able to score in transition. We play our best when we can get out and run. That’s what we did tonight. We came out tight early, but then we started playing Arizona basketball and had fun.”


“Polkey played great. She established the post early and we did a good job of getting her the ball. She rebounded exceptionally well. She looked like she was playing at 100 percent tonight.”


“I’ve learned a lot from Dee-Dee. She has taught me a lot of the little things that will make me a better player. I will have to be a leader next year and pass on things to the freshmen like Dee-Dee did to me. I’m glad I had a chance to play with Dee-Dee.”



Junior center Shawntinice Polk: “My knee is getting better. I just have to keep playing through it. This point in the season is all about getting ready for the Pac-10 Tournament. We can’t drop games if we want to get into the NCAA Tournament.”


“They defended me with at least two players all night. We moved the ball very well and did a much better job moving without the ball. We had a lot of different players score and lot of different players get good looks.”


“It’s a crucial part of the season. There are no more excuses. We have to keep fighting every game.”

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