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Arizona vs. Washington State Postgame Quotes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 07, 2007
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Arizona Women’s Basketball

Arizona vs. Washington State

January 6, 2007


Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini


Opening statement:

“I really thought today was a tale of two halves. The first half wasn’t a very good half for us. I was disappointed with our defensive intensity and our turnovers (in the first half). At half time, let’s just say I got on them. In the second half, we locked down more defensively and got into more of a rhythm on offense.”


“Well obviously, we have a lot to work on still. We need to keep working hard not just in practice, but a little out of practice, too. We need to pay attention to the details.”


On Washington State:

“Their intensity didn’t surprise me. They are a very scrappy team.”


On the return of junior guard Ashley Whisonant:

“Ashley is an unbelievable on-ball defender. We held them to 29 percent shooting in the second half. We played very good defense.”


On what she said to the team at halftime:

“Let’s just say I said a lot of words. ?'Defense’ was one of those words.”


On the scoring runs in the second half:

“Runs are good. It shows we started to score a little bit. Being able to score a little bit definitely helps.”


On the team’s post play:

“Shannon Hobson rebounded unbelievably. Amina (Njonkou), we’ve been on her to keep her effort consistent. When she does, she’s like a bull in a China closet. She’s really quick when she does.”


On the importance of getting a win:

“I think confidence is huge. When you have belief in yourself and in your team, you can accomplish a lot of things.”


On the team:

“I’m proud of our team. We’ve had a lot of injuries and played some great teams. We’ve played the top four teams in the conference, three of them on the road. Those teams will all come back around (on the schedule). Our thing is to continue doing what we’re doing. Getting healthy will definitely help.”


On the pending return of Rheya Neabors:

“I expect Rheya to be back next week. She won’t start, but we will bring her off the bench and gradually work her back in.”

Arizona Player Quotes


Junior G Ashley Whisonant


“I’m happy because it’s fun to be out there.  This is a totally different team than we were a few weeks ago, which makes it fun for us.”


On the block shot in the final seconds...

“I had an inside tip.  I heard the Washington State coach tell her players to stop and shoot the three, so I knew it was coming.”


On her knee...

“My knee is feeling great.  There are no problems playing or moving it at all.”


Senior G Joy Hollingsworth


On how her strong play this weekend:

“It comes from confidence from my coaches and teammates.  All of that happened to play out this weekend for me.”


On UA’s struggles from the free throw line:

“It’s all mental.  We haven’t been put in that position much this year.  I don’t think it will happen again. We got all the misses out of us today.”


“Coach (Bonvicini) said a lot of words at halftime.  One of them was defense.  Coach B fired us up.  We were down eight and weren’t playing smart, not making the extra pass.  We changed that in the second half.”


Washington State Head Coach Sherri Murrell


“(Arizona’s defense) was definitely a factor in this game. We didn’t execute one play today, or run any screens. Arizona made some great stops and I wish that we could have challenged them a little more offensively.”


“We rushed our shots and we needed to get offensive rebounds in order to score because we just couldn’t execute our plays. Hats’ off to Arizona though because they did a great job defending us.”


“Katie (Appleton) and Joy Hollingsworth are very similar players. They can shoot and both are a threat when they are on the court. They are two very smart players.”


“We had every opportunity to win this game. I felt like we could have capitalized on Arizona’s turnovers in the first half, but we just couldn’t execute.”


“We didn’t take Arizona very lightly coming into this game. They definitely have had one of the hardest preseason schedules, so their record did not make us look past them.”


# 13, Sophomore Guard, Katie Appleton:


“In the first half the guards did a really good job of creating openings and kicking out the ball, they opened up a lot of opportunities for us to score. In the second half, we just weren’t getting looks or openings like we had in the first half.”


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