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Arizona-Oregon Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/02/2002
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Feb. 2, 2002

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Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini Quotes

"This was a big game for us, and it was a character test after the loss to Oregon State. We had every opportunity to win that game the other night, so this game was a must win. I am very proud of our team, and it was a great team win."

"Our post players really are coming together. Dee-Dee Wheeler continues to amaze me as a freshman. Julie (Brase) hit some three-pointers, which was good, and Danielle Adefeso had her best game as a Wildcat. We needed our guards to play defense and rebound, and Amy Grzyb did a great job getting eight rebounds."

"Shaquala (Williams) is a great player, and she always keeps them in the game. She is the kind of player who makes everyone around her better."

"Every game is important, and I was proud of our effort and the way we came back from the loss the other night. The bottom line is to win our games. There is a lot of basketball left. We have had a lot of things happen this season, but it is a matter of how you handle it and how you respond to adversity."

Arizona Player Quotes

Senior Center LaKeisha Taylor:
"We went to the free throw line so many times, and that was a key to our winning the game. After the way we shot (free throws) against Oregon State, we focused on free throws in practice, and our progress and preparation helped us a lot."

"The win today definitely gives us confidence as a team. We have to continue to take one game at a time. We have to prepare the best way that we know how because we know that the other teams are going to come ready to play their best game of the season. We just have to make sure that we are ready."

Freshman Guard Dee-Dee Wheeler:
"This game was a must win for us, and it was great to get the win against one of the best teams in the Pac-10. This is a confidence builder, and we have to do our best in preparing for Washington and Washington State."

"We are a good free throw shooting team, and our free throws were very important in our victory."

"My knee bothered me throughout the entire game, but I just played through it, and you could not even tell."

Oregon Head Coach Bev Smith Quotes

"I think that we didn't start aggressively. When you do that, you can't take the hit and take the shot. That's what set the tone in the first half."

"I think that the aggressors are the ones that are rewarded by the officials. We had to be the aggressors but weren't acting that way. That makes it hard to get the needed shot or rebound or pass to cut the lead and get it done."

"We forgot about how aggressive we played them at home. We started to doubt what we were doing out there. That hurts our confidence defensively. We need to play well defensively in order to play well offensively."

"They started to get a rhythm at the free throw line. We tried to foul so we could stop the clock. Even their low players with low free throw percentage were hitting their shots."

Oregon Player Quotes

Sophomore Forward Cathrine Kraayeveld
"We had to get the ball back and make quick scores. They kept making their free throws. So we were just trading baskets at the end."

"This loss hurts because we should have won. We have to look past this and focus on what we can do better from this weekend. We have to focus on the positive and what we can do better."

"Their post play was more aggressive. They attacked the boards, but we just weren't there defensively. We just weren't able to stop them."

Junior Guard Shaquala Williams
"This was a tough loss. At this point in the season, wins are critical to stay in the hunt. We needed this road trip, but we still have a lot left to go."

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