2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament: Game Two Quotes

March 12, 2009

 

 

Arizona Coach Niya Butts 

'It was not the prettiest game in the world, but I am certainly happy with the outcome right now.  I think we had a complete team effort.'  

'I could not be happier the way our team performed, even though at times we didn’t look our best.  But right now, in March, it is about surviving.  We live to fight again.'

On playing Stanford

'We are excited to get another opportunity to go against them.  Obviously they are a well-coached team, they have won the pac-10 for 9 straight years so they are certainly the team to beat in this tournament.   That is what March Madness is all about, you never know and that is why you play the game.'

Arizona Player Ify Ibekwe

On the double-double and pulling away down the stretch

'Our main focus was to go out and execute our plays, rebound, box out and limit turnovers.  We just wanted to play and go have fun and get this one.'  

 

On great performance

'I try to create and if I don’t, I always try and look for my teammates so that I can find them open.'  

 

Arizona Player Amina Njonkou

On Ashley Frazier’s 3-pointer toward end of the game

'We really needed that shot.  That got us going.'  

 

WASHINGTON STATE QUOTES:

Washington State Coach June Daugherty

On Arizona and its leading scorer Ify Ibekwe

“Congratulations to Arizona, they played great, Ify [Ibekwe] had an incredible game. It was just so hard to find an answer for her. I just felt like she was in the zone.”

 

On the challenges of getting good looks at the basket

“I thought we were taking good shots. [Ibekwe] is so long. At times, I thought she got her hand on the ball. If not, she did enough to change the flight of the ball just because of her presence with her length.”

 

On her team’s progress this season

“I’m very, very proud of our ballclub. We were obviously the youngest team in the Pac-10 this year and to come down here with the eight-seed was a great step for our program. We’re going to really miss our three seniors and at the same time I think our underclassmen, especially our freshmen, were able to gain huge, invaluable experience.”

 

Washington State guard April Cook

On whether she was nervous to play in the tournament

“I wasn’t really nervous, I was just trying to stay poised and keep my team into it.”

 

On her first season at WSU

“I think we did pretty well this season. We won more games than last year, and all of our freshmen are coming back, so we’re going to work really hard and try to get more wins next season.”

 

Washington State guard Katie Appleton

On her team’s shooting down the stretch 

“Credit their defense. I went cold, but you know, it happens. It happens down the stretch. It’s just a matter of bouncing back. I thought other people stepped up. April [Cook] hit two threes in a row at the end to try and get us back in it, and that’s what the game’s about. If I’m not hitting, we have teammates and we have depth this year that someone else can step up and hit that shot.” 

 

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