Adia Barnes on top-15 matchup with Stanford, Cate Reese’s strength off the court


RESUME’. FOR INSIGHT, THE HEAD COACH OF THE ARIZONA WILDCATS IS WITH US ON THE PHONE. THANK YOU. >>HAPPY TO BE HERE, THANKS. >>SO THE LAST TIME ARIZONA STANFORD PLAYED, YOU WERE ROCKING THE WILDCATS JERSEY. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT THAT GAME IN 1998? >>IT’S BEEN SO LONG. WE’RE TALKING DECADES. THAT’S THE ONLY TIME I BEAT STANFORD AS A PLAYER. BRISTOL HIT US FROM BEYOND HALF COURT. THAT WAS THE OM TIME, UNFORTUNATELY, THAT WE BEAT STANFORD. >>IT WAS A BIG ONE AND ONE THAT STILL STICKS WITH YOU. IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO. 1998. OBVIOUSLY ABIG ONE COMING UP ON FRIDAY. BEFORE WE GET INTO THE MATCHUP, KATE REESE, SHE WAS THE FEATURE ON A STORY THAT DEBUTED EARLIER TONIGHT. THE FACT THAT SHE IS A TOP PLAY NEVER THE LEAGUE AND HAS TYPE ONE DIABETES IS A STORY. WE LEARNED SHE HAD A SCARY WEEKEND AND WAS HOSPITALIZED TWICE. I WANT TO KNOW HOW SHE’S FEELING TODAY AND HOW THE PEOPLE DEALT WITH THAT. >>THERE WAS LOT OF ADVERSITY. WE WERE MISSING ONE OF OUR BEST PLAYER, AIRY, AND HER NUMBERS WERE OFF THE ROOF. WE RUSHED HER TO THE HOSPITA THURSDAY NIGHT AND WE PLAYED FRIDAY. SAME THING HAPPENED ON SATURDAY. I THINK IT WAS JUST SCARY FOR HER BECAUSE IT’S NEVER HAPPENED HER DIABETES IS VERY WELL CONTROLLED AND NAN NATIONAL EMERGENCIED. WE THOUGHT MAYBE SHE WAS FIGHTING THE FLU. SHE’S ALL GOOD NOW. YOU KNOW, SHE’S A KID SO IT’S JUST SCARY. >>NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. I’M GLAD TO HEAR SHE’S DOING OKAY. WHEN YOU KNOW EVERYTHING GOING ON BEHINDS THE SCENES IT WAS LIKE YOU GOT A SPLIT AND THAT’S IMPRESSIVE. I KNOW FANS ARE RELIEVED TO HEAR SHE’LL BE BACK THIS WEEKEND. CAN YOU TELL US WHERE SHE’S AT PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY HEADING INTO THIS CRITICAL MONTH OF THE SEASON? >>THERE WAS NOT GOING TO BE A GOOD TIME TO REST HER BUT THAT WAS THE BEST TIME IF ANY. WE GOT SPLIT BUT WE’RE DIFFERENT WITH OUT HERE. WE A LOT OF BASKETBALL AHEAD AND THE REST WAS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR HER. SHE’S FINE, BACK PRACTICING. SHE’LL PLAY THIS WEEKEND AND FROM NOW ON. IT’S THAT TIME OF THE SEASON. OREGON STATE, STANFORD, IT’S JUST A TIME WHERE INJURIES HAPPEN. >>SHE’S GOING TO BE TAKING PART IN THE SENIOR DAY CEREMONY ON SUNDAY. I THINK BEFORE THE FANS GET ROWELLED UP IT’S PROBABLY HELP OF THE PUT CONTEXT AROUND THAT. HAS SHE MADE A FINAL DECISION ABOUT DECLARING FOR THE DRAFT? >>NOT AT ALL. SHE’S ALWAYS PLANNED TO WALK BECAUSE IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR HER TO WALK WITH HER TEAMMATES. SHE’S VERY CLOSE TO MAURY SO FOR THEM TO HAVE THAT BOND IT’S IMPORTANT. IT WAS PLANNED ALL YEAR. FOR US IT WASN’T SOMETHINGE E TATALKED A LOT ABOUT. SHE HAS A LOT OF TIME TO MAKE A DECISION. IT’S NOTHING DEFINITE RIGHT NOW. WE HOPE SHE COMES BACK. >>WHAT IS YOUR ADVICE TO HER IN THAT CONTEXT? >>MY ADVICE IS TO STAY. I THINK SOME OF THE TOP PLAYERS IN THE CONFERENCE ARE HERE. SABRINA OF COURSE AND AIRY IS ONE OF THE TOP GUARDS IN THE COUNTRY. I THINK WHAT SEA BEEP NA DECIDED TO DO, STAY ANOTHER YEAR AND GO TO A FINAL FOUR, IT WAS THE SMARTEST THING SHE COULD DO BECAUSE THEY GOT BETTER. DIFFERENT SITUATION IF YOU’RE IN THE NBA AND IT’S A DIFFERENCE OF $10 MILLION. I’D SAY GO AHEAD. WE’RE IN COLLEGE AND TALKING ABOUT MAYBE $68,000. IT JUST DOESN’T MAC A LOT OF SENSE. I THINK THE MEHERS SHOULD STAY AND GROW AND GET BETTER. THEY DON’T UNDERSTAND THE PRO LIFE UNTIL THEY’RE A PRO. >>I’M SURE IT’S HELPFUL FOR HER AS WELL AS SHE GOES FORWARD. I’M HOPING YOU CAN GIVE ME THE 10,000-FOOT VIEW FOR THIS QUESTION. THE BIGGEST CONFERENCE STORYLINE THIS YEAR IN VEGAS IS WHAT? >>I THINK THE BIGIGGEST CONFERENCE STORYLINE, OH, THAT’S A TOUGH ONE. I THINK IT’S ALL THE PARODY IN OUR CONFERENCE. I THINK NO ONE EXPECTED OREGON STATE TO HAVE INJURIES. NO ONE EXPECTED STANFORD TO BE DOWN A COUPLE. I THINK THE TEAM EVERYBODY IS COMING FOR IS OREGON. THEY’RE PLAYING THEIR BEST AND THEY’RE THE TEAM TO BEAT. MULTIPLE TEAMS DON’T WANT TO BE IN THE FOURTH SPOT. I THINK THAT’S THE REALITY THAT NO ONE LIKES TO TALK ABOUT BUT I KNOW THE PAC 12 TOWN S.A DIFFERENT LEVEL OF COMPETITIVENESS AND COMPETITION AND I THINK THAT PEOPLE RISE TO THE OCCASION. I THINK WE’LL SEE A LOT OF UPSETS THIS YEAR. >>YEAH, WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. THREE RANKED TEAMS WENT DOWN THIS PAST WEEK INCLUDING THE ARIZONA WILDCAT KSDK.COM. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME. WE’RE EXCITED TO SEE WHAT YOUR SQUAD HAS IN STORE FOR THE MONTH. 6:00 LOCAL TIME ON THE PAC 12 NETWORK FRIDAY NIGHT, ARIZONA AND OREGON. >>THANK YOU.

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