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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Arizona vs. Washington

Dec. 31, 2005

Post-Game Quotes

 

 

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini: “We didn’t play well tonight. We didn’t play well enough and we didn’t play smart enough. We play some good spurts, but we can’t sustain them. We can’t make the same mistakes over and over again.”

 

“We had the lead in the first half and then came out of halftime and got the lead again. Then, on the defensive end, we put them on the line four possessions in a row for two shots and they made all eight. Then, on the other end, we had four turnovers in a row. We’re just not smart enough. It’s frustrating.”

 

On dealing with youth and injuries

“I’ve never done it [make excuses] and never will. If I do that, then the team will expect to play that way. I have high expectations and realistic expectations for this team. You can talk about possible excuses all you want, but the bottom line for us is that we need to get better.”

 

“Washington is a good team. They capitalized on our mistakes. We forced a lot of turnovers in the first half, but we couldn’t capitalize on their mistakes.”

 

“We tried to press to create some opportunities, and at times we did, but other times we wouldn’t get good rotations. We do a lot of good things and then some things that aren’t very smart.”

 

“Whitney Fields played a good game. She had a double-double. She made some freshman mistakes, but she played very well.”

 

 

Senior guard Natalie Jones: “It is a disappointing loss. We had them up there in the second half. We got some fouls down low that hurt us and helped them get back in the game. Their inside game expanded their outside game.”

 

“We knew everyone on their team could shoot the three. They have a lot of good athletes down low. We knew what they were capable of.”

 

“I’ve been a drought shooting. It looks good off my hand, but then it rims out. I have to keep shooting and stay confident that they are going to start falling.”

 

“Our communication with the post was not good. We weren’t switching well and we weren’t staying up in their face to prevent the lob passes inside.”

 

 

Junior guard Joy Hollingsworth: “They capitalized on our turnovers. We had some silly fouls and turnovers. We could have prevented them by playing smarter. It is really disappointing.”

 

On the absence of junior forward Linda Pace

“Mentally, obviously, it’s sad that she is out. She’s the warrior for us and likes to bang inside. We missed that from her tonight.”

 

“Usually teams start peaking in February right before March Madness. We are practicing harder. We went with a double-day practice before Washington State. We are making practices harder than the games. Hopefully, that will help us peak at the right time.”

 

University of Washington Head Coach June Daugherty: “We just came out a little flat. The game was called very tight and we got in a little bit of foul trouble. Once we were able to get the easy baskets, our confidence grew.”

 

“We had to keep focusing on what we can control and that’s is how hard we play. We just needed to calm down and play Husky Basketball.”

 

“We wanted to be able to go inside a little bit more. It was important for us to take control inside the paint.”

 

“We are definitely not a one-horse team. We will throw 10 or 12 players out there. When we play well it’s fun to see the different ways we can come out.”

 

“We’ve won a lot of ugly games this year. We’d like to play prettier, but a win is a win and we will take it.”

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