Jan. 13, 2007
SEATTLE, Wash. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
That was a great team win for us. There's not a lot of times you can come onto an opponents' floor, such as Washington, and from the get go jump on them and come out with a 20-point lead. We talk to the team a lot about our defense, our transition defense because they're averaging 74 points per game. They're getting a lot of that out of pushing the ball. The kids did a good job with the scouting report and owned it. That's why we came out with the win."
On areas of defensive focus
"We've watched quite a bit of film on them as we do everybody else. We really try to talk about tendencies of certain players. With (Cameo) Hicks, forcing her right and getting up on her to make her go right. Just knowing their tendencies, the team did a great job of responding to that. We knew the four or five plays that they run (frequently), so we worked on that in particular. The focus was not letting them get out in transition and ram it down your throat. That's when they're best."
On the team responding well on the road without Alexis Gray-Lawson
"Coming off the Stanford game, Washington played them, too. (Stanford) is just a great team. We got rattled, and it shook our confidence quite a bit. In the Washington State game, we didn't play a great game, but we came out with a win. We felt like we were grinding things out and not playing in a flow. Tonight everybody stepped up and took part in the role that they needed to play in this game. The best thing this win does for us besides being a win on the road is that it gives us a lot of confidence."
On Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker
"Teams have a lot of respect for Ashley and Dev. They send a lot of double teams. As a post player, when you get the ball in the low block, you want to score. It's tough to get touches down there. Tonight we did a great job of being patient, reversing it and getting things on the weak side. We've talked about that that has to be the flow of who were are. We have to trust each other that you're going to get the ball back but maybe on the weak side on the second or a reversal pass on the back end of an offense. They've earned that respect."
Cal sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton
On whether she thought she could make anything (was 11-of-15 from the floor) after making a three-point shot with the shot clock expiring in the first half
"I just came into the game confident. Coming into Washington with it being really cold and everyone on our team being basically sick, and we had to overcome that. My teammates want me to be a leader. I talked to Alexis (Gray-Lawson) before the game. She told me she needed me to be the leader she knows I'm capable of being. Her giving me confidence before the game, each game, is always helpful."