2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament: Game Five Quotes

March 13, 2009

STANFORD QUOTES:

 

Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer

On having played a close game against Arizona last week

“It helped us to have played them last week. Because their team did so well against us, our team definitely came out very focused and we had a really good week of practice getting ready for them.”

 

On the total team effort

“For our team, it was a lot of people contributing and no one really trying to do too much. We opened it up with great perimeter shooting from Jeanette [Pohlen] and Lindy [La Rocque], and then our posts got running a little bit, and a lot of different people came off the bench and did a good job for us.”  

 

On tournament basketball

“This is tournament time and our team knows that you can’t have a bad game. You’d better come out and be ready to go or you go home.” 

On defending Arizona forward Ify Ibekwe

“We just really felt that she was the key and we had to work hard to deny her the ball, keep her off the block, and take advantage of the fact they played last night: run on them and try to be physical. I thought our team did a really good job.”

 

Stanford forward/center Jayne Appel

On Stanford’s 49-26 rebounding advantage 

“Last time, I think we only out-boarded them by a very minimal amount, so it was definitely a focus coming out tonight to hit the boards hard and really make a conscious effort every time they shot to box out. They’re a very, very big and athletic team, so that has to be a main priority when you play them.”

 

On adjusting to Arizona’s defense

“I think we came in expecting they were going to double and we were looking to pass out right away. They did that to me last week.”

 

Stanford guard Jeanette Pohlen

On the team’s attention to detail and improvement

“We knew that we were going to have to make some adjustments if we did play Arizona again. I think (tonight) shows how determined we were and that we’re continuing to improve every day and every game.” 

 

 

ARIZONA QUOTES:

Arizona Coach Niya Butts

On teams performance

'I want to make sure that we give credit to Stanford and their players for stepping up and having an attack mentality. They wanted to prove a point tonight. It's just very disappointing for me, as a coach, I don't think we gave them the game we should have gave them because we are certainly capable of more.'

 

On competing with the likes of a Stanford

'We have to go out and get the best players we can possibly get in our program. Stanford has built such a culture and such a winning tradition, you are not only playing against players, you are playing against history and sometimes that can be more difficult than you think.'

 

On improving the program for next year

'You have to start with recruiting, but we also have to get better in the offseason with the players that we have. Get them in the gym and work on our deficiencies and work on the things that people try to exploit.'

 

Arizona forward Ify Ibekwe

On team improvement from the start to the end of the season

'We've grown and matured on the court, we think more and we are active. When our backs are against the wall, now we fight back.'

 

On things we need to work on

'Playing with more energy and fight. If we could play like that for 40 minutes that would be really good.'

 

Arizona guard Courtney Clements

On the 6 consecutive three-pointers made by Stanford

'Whenever a team shoots that well it's hard for anyone. But at the same time we have been in games before where people have done stuff like that to us and we have come back.'

 

On team improvements from the start to the end of the season

'We needed a leader and I think more towards the end of this season, we have gotten that. Not through just one person, but each one of us has had the ability to step up and become a leader. I think that made one of the biggest differences.'

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