Dec. 29, 2008
Cal Head Coach Joanne Boyle
"We really needed to go out and play a game. In case you hadn't noticed, its been what has felt like a year since we last played a game. We're tired of beating up on ourselves, so it was good to come out and have some competition."
"Again, it was a game of two halves. Even though we were up and winning in the first half, it wasn't always the basketball we needed to play. I thought we did an excellent job in the second half. We had a talk downstairs about having to be consistent. We need to play consistently to be able to play for the seed we want to be."
"We decided in the second half to come out and start doing some pressing and trapping, just kind of pick the tempo up a little. They were pushing the ball a lot. It was hard to even get into a press in the first half. Before we would even set up, they would pass it. I just thought in the second half, if we could slow the ball down and start trapping, get them out of their zone that would help. Probably in the first four or five possession of playing like that, we got some turnovers and some easy baskets."
"It was a good opportunity to give some of our players time on the court. We're going to need Shantrell (Sneed). We're going to need Mooch (Rachelle Federico). It was great for them to play major minutes. Casey (Morris) in particular. I purposely put her out there by herself without Lexi (Alexis Gray-Lawson) or Tasha (Natasha Vital), to have her really learn how to run the point, to let her handle some of the pressure on her own. I thought she did a great job with it, defensively and attacking the basket, getting to the free throw line."
Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson
"I think in the second half, we just committed to what we wanted to do, as a team. I think when we do that, we are very dangerous. When we play like individuals, we lose that half. We just thought `We can't let up. We have to keep pushing'. That's what we did."
"I think we felt like ourselves (during the 35-1 run). Uptempo, that's our game."