Jan. 16, 2010
Arizona Women's Basketball
Arizona vs. Oregon
Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts
"I wonder if it's possible to take some of these points from this game and add them to next games. Our kids were on point today. It was a good win for us. It was a complete game for us, we won both halves and I don't know when the last time we did that."
"Defensively, we did a really good job especially on No. 1 and No. 2, their main players. We didn't really have an answer for No. 54, but twos are betters than threes."
"I think we're taking care of our home floor. Our crowd was great and I welcome them to keep coming out and supporting us. We keep getting better. I think we are getting better chemistry-wise. It's a joy to coach them. They are willing to learn and get better and the best part is I get them all back next year, except for Ashley Frazier at the point."
On Ify Ibekwe's and Davellyn Whyte's performances:
"I thought they were stellar. Ify took down shots and attacked the basket and made her free throws. They went box-and-one on Davellyn and she was still able to knock down shots. I really think she is one of the best guards in our league and that's not going to change."
"I think for the most part we made them pay for pressing. I give credit to coach Manning for preparing us for Oregon."
On Ify's elbow injury:
"When you score 32 points and have 14 rebounds, I think that elbow will heal up quickly."
No. 3 Ify Ibekwe
"This was really the first up and down game we've played this season, the pace was really fun for us, and it was a good learning experience overall for the team. We played really well together, and know what position everyone fits well in. Early in the season, we struggled because we just had to figure out where we all fit."
About hurting her elbow in the second half
"Yeah, it hurt, but you just have to play through the pain always. There are no breaks." On the home win "It's a real confidence booster for us to have these great home wins. It's going to be really important for the three road games we have coming up."
On making the 3 pointers
"Well, I won't be shooting like Dav (Whyte) does, but if I'm open, I'll take the shot."
No. 0 Davellyn Whyte
"The up-tempo pace was a little tough to get through, and at the first timeout, it felt like we had been running up and down the court for like ten minutes. We knew it would be like that, but it still was a little tough to adjust to.
On scoring school-record 39 points
"During the game, you don't really think about the number of points, just about hitting the baskets, but yeah, it's pretty cool."
"I was pretty nervous about playing through the box-and-one, I didn't know how I would adjust to it, but Coach told me what to do, and I was able to find my openings, and Ify was always there to pass me the ball." On the bank shot 3 "I don't know how that shot went in. Time was running low on the shot clock, and all I was really trying to do was get it to hit the rim."
"We watched them on film yesterday, and we saw that their backside was open, so we adjusted our press offense, and kept at it until they adjusted, which they really didn't."