Post Game Quotes

March 6, 2005

Arizona State Coach Charli Turner Thorne
On the implications of this victory in thechampionship game:
'First game: great offense, second game: greatdefense. Obviously if we want to win this thing,we've got to put it together. Hopefully that's whatwe'll do tomorrow.'

On the team's toughness:
'I cannot be more proud of our team's toughness. Idon't think that there are too many teams in thecountry that can shoot 32% in the semifinals of theirsuper conference and win. Everyone knows that we areone of the best teams in the nation.'

Emily Westerberg, F, Arizona State
On the team's poor shooting percentage:
'When we shoot like this, we just need to work on ourdefense.'

On when the momentum changed:
'We came out of our timeout and Coach [Charli TurnerThorne] was like, `we're going to win'. We justgrouped together. It's that confidence that she hasin us, and at that moment, we realized we weren'tgoing to let this slip out of our hands.'

'When we let our defense work instead of our offense,we're great. We got a few stops and became clutchwith some buckets, and I think that's what turned themomentum around.'

Oregon Head Coach Bev Smith
On opening comments:
'It was a disappointing loss, particularly the way bebattled both in the first half and deep in the secondhalf.'

'That's what tournament basketball is all about, it'sstaying tight, staying focused and looking after theball at the end of the game. It is a tough lossbecause our team really competed well.'

On what you can learn for tournament play:
'I think we learned a lot from this game and it willhelp us in the postseason.'

On officiating calls:
'Despite what the officials do or do not call, youwant to know as a team that you have to be better thanthat. We feel that we have a strong enough team thatis going to be up and above any call that might not goyour way.'

Andrea Bills, C, Oregon
On ASU's play:
'They are really aggressive. We handled it well until35 minutes left and then we started making mentalmistakes. A few turnovers that really hurt us, wehave to play up to and pass their intensity throughoutthe whole game.'

On whether it is uncharacteristic for Oregon to letthe game go in the final minutes:
'We learned how to play in the final few minutes overthe last couple of years. Tonight we had mentalmistakes, a few turnovers and didn't play tough enoughdefense.'

Cathrine Kraayeveld, F, Oregon
On ASU defense and their lack of scoring:
'We knew what they were going to do since we playedthem twice. We tried to take advantage of what weknew they were going to do.'

On feeling the momentum shift the last five minutes:
'We still have to stay in it at the end of the gameand stay aggressive.'

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