March 20, 2009
2009 NCAA DIVISION I
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
SAN DIEGO STATE NEWS CONFERENCE QUOTES - OPEN PRACTICE DAY
San Diego State University Head Coach Beth Burns:
"It's certainly an exciting time for us to have an opportunity to participate with our team in its first NCAA Tournament, with the added bonus of being able to play here in San Diego in Cox Arena. I think we have the top field of all the first and second rounds. For us to have three California, a great team out of the Big East and arguably the No. 1 seed on the West Coast; although it didn't turn out that
way for Stanford. I think it's going to be a fabulous opportunity to see some great basketball. I know our team is excited to get out of the Mountain West Conference and play somebody else."
On the SDSU program and rebuilding it:
"The people seated to my right (Quenese Davis, Paris Johnson, Jené Morris) are a big part of that. We have been able to have exponential growth with a first-year recruiting class that had nine people in it and got a little better each year. You know that has always been our motto as we build. We have got to bring in a class better than the year before and teach, train and gain experience. The Mountain
West Conference is a great league with the No. 7 RPI in the country. The experience that has been gained by Q (Davis), Paris (Johnson) and Jené (Morris) has been aided by the fact that they've played against great caliber teams. I think that helped to prepare us for this moment even though they have yet to participate in an NCAA Tournament. I think we have been prepared for this event by the level of
competition that we faced in our league.."
San Diego State University Junior Guard Quenese Davis:
On the rebuilding process:
"The morning that I signed, Coach and I were sitting in a hotel having breakfast and she said `Q, I think you're going to be a good player, and this program is going to be built around you'. I felt that as we got better each year we got better players who wanted to come in and make a change and help us to get to where we are now."
On finding out the tournament was going to be held in San Diego:
"It looked like at the begininng of the season we would have the chance to have a good year. I knew that we had a good team and that we were going to be able to compete with every team in our conference."
San Diego State University Sophomore Center Paris Johnson:
On hosting the tournament:
"It's a great opportunity for San Diego. We haven't had an NCAA Tournament in San Diego and to have our community come and support women's basketball and give them an opportunity to see DePaul, the Aztecs, Stanford and Santa Barbara - it's just a great experience for everyone and San Diego. Just being on our home court and what a great experience this could be for us. We have to play it like it's a regular game for us, no matter if it's home or away."
On finding out the tournament is in San Diego:
"That gave us more motivation to go out everyday and practice on our game and compete to get where we are right now. Like everybody said- it's just a great opportunity."
San Diego State University Junior Guard Jené Morris:
On playing in the NCAA:
"As a team we have worked very hard this year and I can't be more excited to play with this group of young ladies right here. We have worked hard all summer and fall. It's pretty cool to see that we set a goal and we finally reached our goal."
On the "A-Ha!" moment when they thought they would make it to the NCAAs:
"I think that when we upset Texas it gave our team the confidence to realize that we can compete on the national level and would be able to compete in the NCAA (tournament)."