Post Game Quotes
March 8, 2005
Head coach Tara VanDerveer, Stanford
On winning the title:
'This is a very special team and I am really excitedto have our team win the Pac-10 Championship, which isa great tournament. We just want to keep it going.'
'I think our conference is a really tough conference,as evidence by the great games that people have seen.'
'This is a very special team and I am very proud ofthese young ladies. Our senior class is awesome; theyhave been great with their leadership. We have suchoutstanding players that work really hard. It's a joyto coach them.'
Candice Wiggins, G, Stanford
On being No. 1 going into the NCAA Tournament:'We have to come out hard and prove to the countrythat we are No. 1.'
On MVP acceptance:
'I just give credit to my team, the maturity of themand because they've been such good leaders to me thatI've been able to mature fast coming into college. Iwould thank them, my coaches and everyone.'
Head Coach Charli Turner Thorne, Arizona State
On the game:
'Obviously, you can't beat the no.1 team in the nationby shooting 31%. I thought we did a great jobdefensively, holding them to 56 points essentially ontheir home floor. Out rebounding them, I thought wedid some really good things and created moreopportunities for ourselves.'
'I am really proud of our team. We've got a greatteam so far. We can learn some things from thisgame.'
On the Pac-10:
'It's disappointing that other teams [in the Pac-10]aren't getting respect. We're so underrepresented inthe polls.'
Aubree Johnson, F, Arizona State
On if her physical style of play was exhausting:
'I think it's pretty tiring, but we go deep in ourbench, so that helps a lot. Plus, we had some toughconditioning, so I think we're pretty wellconditioned.'
On whether Stanford's no.1 ranking was extra motivation:
'When you come out, you have to play the same. Itdoesn't matter who you're playing. You have to bringyour game every night.'