Dec. 10, 2007
PISCATAWAY, N.J. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"I thought it was a great game against two really competitive teams - two top 10 teams in the country. I'm really proud of my team. Rutgers battles. They gave our kids a taste of big-time basketball. I told them before the game that it was going to be a game of possession. It was going to come down to having a couple of possessions and what we did with them. There were things we could have done better with those possessions. There was a spurt with the press at the beginning that we kind of fumbled with, our free throws, play calling down the stretch one or two times and second-chance points. If you take any one of those things, it could be a different game. I'm really proud of my team for battling and coming to the East Coast and taking on a challenge. There are things that we have to do to be able to compete with a team like this that's in the top five."
On what Rutgers did to take Cal out of its game after the Bears opened each half on runs
"Vivian (Stringer) is a great coach. They play what we call scouting report defense well. They doubled down on our posts. They gave us the high-post jumper. If you're going to beat us, you're going to beat us at the high post. We were hesitant. We knocked some of those down. They adjusted. They played really good possession man-to-man defense. They make you work for things, and they take things away from you."
On what worked for Cal
"We were getting pretty good looks from our post players. We're a dominant post team. We were getting touches inside and weren't finishing tonight. We weren't going to the free throw line as much. I can't be more excited going into Pac-10s with this group of three (Ashley Walker, Devanei Hampton and Rama N'diaye). Dev has been off four or five weeks with an injury, almost six when it was swollen before she got the surgery. It's about getting her timing. I don't think you can expect someone to go in with a big game like this."
Junior forward Ashley Walker
On Cal's mentality entering the second half
"We came out on fire (in the second half) because we said at halftime that we're not going to lose this game. Like any top 10 team, when you're down you want to be up. We came to the locker room and talked amongst ourselves about what we needed to do. Then, Coach came in and talked, and we went out there and said this is what we're going to do, and we went out there and did it. We outscored them 14-7 or something like that in the first five minutes of the second half. That's what we talk about all the time. We're going to win the first five and last five of every half."