Feb. 5, 2004
ARIZONA HEAD COACH Joan Bonvicini QUOTES --
"Our team showed great character tonight. We have great kids on our team. Our team could have easily hung their heads after what happened up at Arizona State on Saturday, but we didn't."
"Tonight we took advantage by seizing the opportunity. Stanford is a great team and never backed down from us. But at the same time, we didn't back down at all either. Our players stepped up when they needed to, and played with a lot of poise."
"We played with a lot of balance out there. We had a great first half. We were able to hold Nicole Powell scoreless in the first half, which was big for us."
"Our players continued to knock down their shots and held their poise. We rebounded well and played very smart basketball."
"With this win, we are right back where we want to be, which is at the top of the Pac-10. All we have to do now is take care of our business against Cal on Saturday."
"I want to thank our fans for their tremendous support tonight. It is nice to have a great crowd on hand for a game like this. This had to be the biggest crowd we have had when the men's basketball team is playing on the road at the same time. I hope to see all of our fans back here to cheer us on against Cal on Saturday."
STANFORD HEAD COACH TARA VanDERVEER QUOTES --
"Arizona played well tonight. Their defense was very aggressive. They got the ball into (Shawntinice) Polk effectively."
"A lot of different Arizona players contributed out there. They had five different players with double figures. I thought Shannon Hobson played well."
"Arizona was a lot more aggressive on defense. They were very effective on the offensive boards."
"Defensively, we missed the play of Kristen Newlin. Arizona deserved the win tonight. They played very well."
On the Pac-10 Conference championship race...
"All you are racing for is seeding in the Pac-10 Tournament. Our tournament has created a rubber match for the season. We (Arizona-Stanford) will play again."
On the play of Nicole Powell...
"When Nicole plays in Arizona, it is kind of a double-edged sword. She wants to play so well in front of her home crowd, but doesn't play in her norm. Tonight was not one of her games. I think our whole team and Nicole will respond and play well in Tempe."
ARIZONA PLAYER QUOTES --
Junior guard Dee Dee Wheeler -
"We really went out and got them this time. We battled hard on the floor the full game."
"This is a really big win for us. We lost horrible at Stanford last time, and it takes a lot to come back and beat a team like this."
"We are a good home court team. We wanted the win at home to keep the top spot in the Pac-10."
"I'm so glad to come out with a victory. Everyone had a good night, Polkey had a career high in rebounding, and we all did really well on offense. We had great position under the boards."
Sophomore center Shawntinice Polk-
"This win was huge for us tonight. Stanford is a ranked team with top-ranked players. To beat such a good team feels awesome."
"It was so great not to worry about foul trouble tonight. I almost forgot what it feels like to play the second half of the game."
"We expected Nicole Powell to be a great player. She didn't have the best first half, but she really showed her stuff the second half."
"The biggest difference from the last time we played to this time is that I didn't have four people guarding me the entire game. I could post up this time and do my thing."
Freshman guard Linda Pace -
"I feel a lot more confident playing now. The more I play with the team, the more confident feel."
"Our offense did really well tonight. Know that when I give Polkey the ball, she will score."
STANFORD PLAYER QUOTES --
Junior guard Susan Borchardt -
"We were in trouble with fouls the entire game. Polk is a hard player to guard, and she gave us a lot of trouble."
"We'll see Arizona again in the Pac-10 tournament."
Senior forward Nicole Powell -
"I was disappointed with the way I played in the first half. It was a combination of things that I did wrong.
"None of us came out excited like we needed to, that hurt us a lot."