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"I felt like we played like women," Vucevic said after the loss in Tucson, Ariz. "We didn't play hard at all. Every single one of us just played like women."
There were four people present to hear it, two male reporters working for California newspapers, a female reporter for an Arizona newspaper and a female sports information official for the University of Arizona.
Vucevic's mother played professional basketball in Bosnia and his girlfriend plays volleyball, so, he said, he deeply respects all women who play sports and in no way meant to offend anyone.
"Back home, when we say that, it means we didn't play hard," he said. "That's what coaches say to players. It's just a saying we have."
"I don't know, and it wouldn't matter to me if he did," O'Neill said.
O'Neill paused for a second, and prepared a zinger for Horne, who talked openly of professional aspirations when arriving in Tucson.
"I'm waiting for the NBA career to take off," O'Neill said.