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Postgame Quotes - Arizona vs. Washington State
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 04, 2010
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Arizona Women’s Basketball
Arizona vs. Washington State
Feb. 4, 2010
Postgame Quotes

Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts
Opening Statement:
“It feels good to get a win and be back at home. We rebounded better on the offensive end. We turned the ball over and Washington State has a way to make you play ugly. We played in spurts; we had both good spurts and bad spurts, but I think our good spurts were a lot longer.”

On Washington State:
“They were physical. When they went to press it rattled us. We just needed to regroup and play offensively. I respect Washington State’s staff and team.”

On No. 25 Reiko Thomas starting:
“We challenged her. She got three offensive rebounds. Reiko has a done a lot of things. We just wanted to try something different and get Brooke (Jackson) going off the bench. She was going after loose balls.”

In the first half:
“We got sloppy and got outhustled. We have a tendency to fold and that’s what happened in the first half.”

On No. 42 Amanda Pierson:
“She had some quality minutes and a key offensive rebound and put back. Any minutes we get off the bench from her are quality for us.”

On playing Washington next:
“We hope to have another good crowd. We got to respond to the challenge like we did tonight. We were plus 10 tonight, so hopefully we can do that again on Saturday.”

No. 3 Ify Ibekwe
On Successful Rebounding:
“We were happy with our rebounding, it was a big part of what we needed to do tonight. We were crashing off of boards and really getting after the ball, from here we just need to keep getting after it.”

On win at home:
“It was good to be at home, I think it really gave us confidence, especially to come out of the first second of the Pac-10 season 1-0. I think this win will really motivate us to play aggressive against Washington and Oregon.”

No. 0 Davellyn Whyte
On aggressive play of WSU:
“Washington State was so aggressive, they are always in your face and pressing. This aggression made us play faster than normal, which makes it harder to look around and see what was going on as well as normal. I think that this faster play is why we had so many turnovers tonight.”

On winning at home:
“I think it is really important for us to win at home -- we need to win at home. Those wins are crucial because we have the fans on our side, and when we are on the road it is a completely different atmosphere.”

Washington State Head Coach June Daugherty
On number of turnovers:
“I was really happy with the number of turnovers we caused - 24, I think it was. I thought we did a good job, we lost track of Whyte a few time with the pressing scene. Anytime you give her a look she’s going to score. She also made some hard shots which is a credit to her. She is a very good freshman in the Pac-10 and she is a very good player.”

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