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Arizona vs. Washington: Postgame Quotes
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/05/2007
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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Arizona vs. Washington

January 4, 2007

 

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini

 

Opening statement:

“I thought first of all we played much harder tonight. We needed to play a lot harder and we did that tonight. Joy (Hollingsworth) had an amazing game. Malia (O’Neil) did a great job playing a lot of minutes tonight.”

 

On Washington:

Washington is a great team. You can see how they have won nine games in a row. They have a lot of different weapons.”

 

 On Malia O’Neil:

“She played pretty good executing our offense. She was a good leader on the floor.”

 

On Ashley Whisonant’s knee injury:

“We are hopeful Ashley will be back (on Saturday). She will come off the bench, but it will be good for Malia to keep getting more minutes.”

 

On cutting a 16-point UW lead down to six in the second half:

“Joy started hitting some shots and Suzy (Bofia) hit some shots, and Whitney (Fields) got some rebounds. [Whitney] didn’t play long, but she got the right rebounds and hit some shots in a short period.”

 

On the team’s 33.3 percent field goal shooting:

“We didn’t shoot the ball well. Part of that was bad shot selection. We need more patience. We didn’t get the ball into the post very well in the first half; we were much better in the second half.”

 

On out-rebounding UW 36-34:

“We did much better on the boards. That was a real positive.”

 

On the progress of the team:

“The biggest thing is to get our confidence back. Even though we lost tonight, we are getting back on track.”

 

On the early Pac-10 schedule:

“We haven’t been home in what seems like a month. We have played the top four teams in the conference now with three of those games on the road and this one at home.”

 

 

Arizona Player Quotes

 

Junior G Jessica Arnold

 

“I have to be more consistent, and my shot selection was not very good tonight.  I’m aware of it, and I just have to be more consistent.”

 

Senior G Joy Hollingsworth

 

 On her career high tonight:

“It means nothing.  If I score zero points and we win, then I’m happy.”

 

“Tonight I just tried to incorporate my teammates into the offense with penetration dribbles and by getting the post involved.”

 

“Coach [Bonvicini] called me before the game and told me to have fun.  It’s always good to be back here at McKale.”

 

Washington Head Coach June Daugherty Quotes:

 

Arizona has had a very challenging preseason; they have one of the toughest schedules, but when they play they play well. They are a very young team and have improved a lot.  At times (during this game) I think that they gave us all that we could handle.”

 

“We are lucky that we hit our shots; honestly I think that was the biggest difference in this game. (Arizona) is a dangerous team that can go on major scoring runs and they are rapidly improving. It feels good to come out with a win.”

 

(On their 5-0 record)

“We are happy to have wins, but I think we can play better. We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but in the Pac-10 race, I think we have a chance to be pretty special.”

 

Washington Senior Guard, Cameo Hicks:

 

“We are a veteran team and we have faced situations like this before, so we knew how to handle (Arizona coming back on us). Arizona has a great team.”

 

“All of our players stepped up and hit the shots we needed to hit tonight. Joy (Hollingsworth) played great; she is a great player, but I didn’t think that there was a battle between us. I just took the open shots and so did she. I thought it was two players trying to help their teams.”

 

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