Post Game Quotes

March 6, 2005

Arizona Head Coach Joan Bonvicini
On the game:
'This was a very fast game. The two teams playedextremely hard. I thought it came down to a couplethings. Rebounding, particularly on offense. USC didan outstanding job. It was also a game of runs.'

On the last 3 out of 4 games being losses:
'Today we played really hard, but we are a much bettershooting team than what we showed and that's the key.'

On consistency:
'We played hard, but we didn't finish either half andthat was tough. We had a lead both times and weneeded to sustain it.'

Dee-Dee Wheeler, G, Arizona
On pressure second half vs. first half:'We should have stayed more intense. I think we letdown as a whole.'

On an early tournament exit:
'I am disappointed in the loss, I know we are a betterteam in the way we have been competing. We have tocredit USC, they played an excellent game.'

Shawntinice Polk, C, Arizona
On motivation for next year:
'Each loss, you have to learn from it. It was toughtonight; we weren't on top of our game. USC is agreat team and we just did not play a full 40-minutegame

USC Coach Mark Trakh
On his team:
'I just thought it was a great game and I think therewas a lot at stake because the winner of this gamewould get an at-large. I still feel that regardlessof what happens tomorrow night, we're 19-9, and won 13Pac-10 games. This team deserves an at-large. Theyplayed hard. They've had some quality wins. We'vegot a great RPI. I am very proud of them. They'veworked hard all year. They've done everything we'veasked.'

On facing Stanford tomorrow:
'We're looking forward to tomorrow. We just want togo out and be as competitive as we can.'

Camille LeNoir, G, USC
On whether she felt confident, as a freshman, shootingkey free throws at the end of the game:
'Yes, I did. I knew if I made those free throws, wewould win the game. It wasn't that much pressurebecause I've been under that kind of pressure againstUCLA. We practice those free throws and gamesituations, and I know I can make them.'

Kim Gipson, C, USC
On the possibility of getting a bid to the NCAAtournament:
'USC is very big on tradition and they keep everythingin the record books, and [teammate Rachael Woodward]just talked about looking back and seeing that NCAAappearance in 2005-it would mean everything.'

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