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Postgame Quotes - Arizona vs. Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 27, 2010
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Arizona Women’s Basketball
Arizona vs. Stanford
February 27, 2010

Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts
Opening statement
“In the first half we really played outstanding. Despite being down by five, it was still a basketball game. It was great to see that, especially against the number 2 team in the country. We were aggressive. The energy level was there, we contested a lot of shots for the most part, and were really affected them. The second half was definitely a different story.

On lack of depth
“It’s hard to use the size of our bench as an excuse when we’ve had the situation all season, but the more players you have, the more good minutes you’re going to get. We played hard; we just weren’t able to complete the game.”

On Stanford's three-point shooting
“Peterson made a lot of huge shots, but when you don’t get a hand in her face, she’s going to knock them down. It’s impossible to avoid that. She definitely did her job tonight.”

On second half performance
“It’s not to say that fatigue doesn’t play a part, we just have to try to play through. We were unable to slow them down and make shots down the stretch and that hurt us. I just want to make it known that I am very proud of how we played in the first half. We say everything we always want to see our girls do, and now we just need to see it more in the second half. We have to start finishing games.”

On senior guard Ashley Frazier
“It was a pleasure to coach Ashley for these past four years and she is definitely going to be missed both as a player and as a person.

Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer
Opening statement
“We started out slow today, but played a lot better in the second half. Jane had a tremendous game, earning the Pac-10 rebounding record. We missed some shots in the beginning but we did better in the end. I was impressed with the team and how well we played even without who I believe could be the Pac-10 defensive player of the year Rosalyn Gold-Onwude. We worked hard and wanted to improve coming into this game, and we did that.”

On having only four turnovers
“To have only four turnovers was great for us. That was something we wanted to work on coming into this game. It is something we have been focusing on so we did really well.”

On how depth effected their win
“I think it had a lot to do with the win. Getting rest at the end, even if it was just one or two minutes was nice for the players and eliminated the exposure of our all-Americans to injuries. It allowed a few players who haven’t gotten a lot of play some game time. Having a deep bench is definitely key.”

Arizona Player Quotes

Junior forward Ify Ibekwe
On the differences between the first and the second half
“They just hit their shots and we didn’t. We didn’t hang our heads though. We just relied on our outside shots and on our jumpers. We should have attacked more.”

On Stanford’s size
“They were big and physical, but we were just as big and physical in the first half.”

Stanford Player Quotes

Senior center Jayne Appel
On team’s ability to make outside shots
“We wouldn’t have a good team unless we could make outside shots. It makes defense - I mean they continued to double down -- but in general it makes defense re-think their strategy.”

On being the new Pac-10 career rebounds record holder
“It is a tremendous accomplishment, but I’m sorry I want a national championship.”

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