Washington NCAA First-Round Pre-Game Press Conference Quotes

March 21, 2003

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament * Eugene, Oregon
Washington Huskies Pre-Game News Conference * March 21, 2003

Washington Head Coach June Daugherty
General comments: 'We're very excited and happy to be here. We're excited torepresent the Pac-10 and the University of Washington at a high level of NCAAplay.'

'The Pac-10 is an amazing conference. We feel like we,ve been challenged allyear, and we feel we can represent the conference well.'

On Sarah Keeler's ACL injury:
'We've gone through some adversity this year,and we will ask our players to step it up once again. With Sarah Keeler'sinjury, it definitely changes the rotation. We will have to play some otherpeople at the 4 and 5 position, but I'm confident this group will step it upand find a way to get it done. �/��

On playing at Mac Court:
'There is a little bit of an advantage since we havebeen down here every year. It definitely won,t hurt us, that is for sure.'

On UW-Green Bay's offense and defense:
'Wisconsin-Green Bay is very wellcoached. They play at a very high level fundamentally and they always playvery hard. They run their motion offense better than anyone I've ever seen runit. People don't talk about their defense much. But they do a great jobhelping off the ball, and they have great mobility, which allows for them todo a lot of switching. They prevent teams from penetrating and force theoutside shot. They definitely create a lot with their defense. They are veryefficient offensively and defensively.'

On Pac-10 player of the year Giuliana Mendiola:
'She can't stand to lose. Shehas to win in everything she does, and that work ethic brings everyone elseup.'

Washington Forward Andrea Lalum
'I feel we have a real strong front line, and we have reacted to adversity sofar, and I think we will put it together and have each other,s backs.'

Washington Guard Loree Payne
'They remind us a lot of ourselves. They have a great guard lineup. They,re agreat team, and they can shoot the three. It,s gonna be a great game tomorrownight.'

On playing at Mac Court:
'The last time we played at Mac Court, we came awaywith a big win, and that's the memory we have of this place. We hope theOregon fans will come out and watch us. They obviously have a great passionfor the game, and we hope they come watch some good basketball. It would begreat to get that support from the Pac-10 family.'

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