Game One Post-Game Quotes: Arizona vs. Washington State

March 11, 2010

Arizona Post-Game Quotes

Arizona Head Coach Niya Butts

On her team’s 62-60 opening round victory
“I’m proud of our group. They came out and responded to the challenge. We knew it would be a tough game against Washington State because we’d beaten them the two previous times and it’s always tough to beat a team multiple times.”

 On Pac-10 Tournament play
“It’s about surviving and advancing and that’s what we did.”

 On why Ify Ibekwe did not start the game
“It was team issues and that’s where I would like to leave it.”

 On Soana Lucet’s 22-point, 7-rebound performance
“She ran the floor extremely well and we did a good job getting her the basketball. We try to reward players when they run the floor and tonight we did that.”

 On Ify Ibekwe’s 14-points, 10-rebound performance
“We kept going inside to her and she made the plays for us.”

 Arizona junior forward Ify Ibekwe

 On coming off the bench
“I just knew I had to go in there and give as much energy as I would if I was to start the game and that’s what I did.”

 Arizona freshman guard Davellyn Whyte

On getting into the flow of the game
“Coach always says to let the game come to me. I think in the first half it really did. I kept them on their heels so it made it easier for me to play.”

On distributing the ball to her teammates
“My teammates were open and in the right spots at the right time, so it was really easy for me to find them.”


Washington State Post-Game Quotes

Washington State Head Coach June Daugherty

On the loss to Arizona
“We fought really, really hard, like we have all year, to get back in the game. We didn’t play our best game today, but we really gave great effort.”

 On KiKi Moore’s in-and-out shot with 10 seconds left
“KiKi had a lot of good looks today, she played with the heart of a champion; they all did, I thought. It’s just tough when you see [the shots] rim in and rim out. But that’s part of basketball.”

 On the last shot of the game
“The ball placement was on the opposite side that [the officials] first indicated, but it worked out, I think, to our advantage actually, and we were able to get it in to [KiKi] and get the out pass up to April (Cook). April had a good look.”

 On Arizona’s Ify Ibekwe not starting
“We approached it as, ‘we’re going to play them the same way we’re going to play them, because it’s not just the Ify team.’ She’s very, very good but they’ve got a lot of other weapons.”

 Washington State sophomore guard Jazmine Perkins

On forcing a lot of turnovers in the second half:
“Our team, we just like to play hard. Our coaches, they taught us as long as you play hard, it’ll pay off. So we took it upon ourselves to play hard that second half.”










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