Feb. 23, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
California head coach Joanne Boyle
"Obviously it's really disappointing, but I thought it was a hard-fought game. The atmosphere that was out there and just how hard both teams were playing. It just hurts, and it's sad that one team had to come up short because I thought it was an unbelievable effort by both teams. We have to hang our heads high. We're not going to walk out of the locker room down. We fought hard. We've done a lot to put ourselves in this position. We came up short, but this program is young, and it's going places. It's going to continue to go places. It hurts right now. I told the team down there it's supposed to hurt. We've got to let this go and finish the season out the way we know we can finish it out."
The difference between this season's two Stanford games
"A lot of things. I think we were more in the attack mode. I thought that we did a good job with the inside-outside. We just didn't knock down shots. But I felt like we competed a lot more, and we worked our butts off. We out-rebounded them by 10. You look at losing. There's our outside shot. We didn't knock down outside shots, and we didn't [shoot well] from the free throw line. If you talk about two things, those have to be the two things."
On the crowd
"(It's great) to get over 10,000 people watching for the biggest crowd for a Pac-10 women's basketball (game). There are a lot of great kids out there. There's a lot of great basketball out there. You guys sat there and just watched 40 minutes of kids just battling. I'm excited it was a TV game, so that people can kind of see us and just the West Coast in general. It's a great environment."
On Natasha Vital
"She guarded Candice [Wiggins] a lot of the game. She was playing 94 feet. She knew they weren't going to play her. We talked about it for three days. She had to get the ball on the rim for us. It wasn't going to help to just jam it in where there were double and triple teams. I thought she made good decisions when to go in and when to come out and shoot it."
Junior forward/center Devanei Hampton
On if there was a difference between the first and second halves
"No, we still got the same looks that we wanted. Down the stretch, we just couldn't hit buckets. That happens to every good team - you have it one game and another game, you don't."
On watching the Cal-Stanford rivalry as a Bay Area native
"Actually, I only went to the Cal-Stanford games. It's a really big turnaround. It's good that it was very competitive. The Pac-10 is very competitive in general. We just have to keep it competitive at home."
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer
"I think the game was all it was billed to be. For me, it was like a heavyweight fight. Sometimes it wasn't really pretty, but it was very competitively played. Our team worked really hard, and Cal worked really hard. We weren't in the first half. We weren't really able to get our doubles going and disrupt their inside game as much as we wanted to. What we did do a nice job of was that we hit nice perimeter shots with JJ [Hones], Ros [Rosalyn Gold-Onwude], and Candice [Wiggins] knocking down shots."
On Stanford's Jayne Appel
"At halftime, Jayne's [Appel] game out of hibernation and went to work. I just thought she took over the game for us. I'm really proud of how well she played. I think she got all of her points in the second half except for two free throws. That was our focus, getting Jayne the ball, and she delivered. First half, she got some fouls and wasn't rebounding as well as we wanted. She got an earful at halftime and took it in and stepped up. I just thought that was the whole difference in the second half."
Stanford guard Candice Wiggins
On playing in front of 10,525 fans
"It was great...It was a great atmosphere. A lot of people on the East Coast and in other conferences get a chance to probably play in front of big crowds all the time, but to have that on the West Coast, is great."