Dec. 28, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"I'm happy with the win. I'm happy we came out on top. I'm not necessarily excited about the second half in terms of how we handled our basketball. We outscored them by six in the second half vs. what we did in the first half. I talked to my team about being a championship team and what that means in terms of playing 40 minutes of basketball, not 20 minutes or 30 minutes. That doesn't take anything away from Washington. I think they're going to be a great team. They're injured. They're trying to find their rotation. They're trying to find a flow. They're trying to find an identity. They're doing that, and they're doing that well. They have great moments and great spurts. If we're going to be a top 10 team in the country, then we have to play our level of basketball for 40 minutes. I'm happy with the win. I'm disappointed in how we approached the second half."
On Devanei Hampton's performance
"I thought she did well. She came in rusty for the first couple of minutes. She hadn't been in there. She needed touches and easy finishes and some layups. She hit her two free throws and after that I felt like she settled down, and she was fine. It was good to get her back in the rotation. It's a great post rotation. It will be a great post rotation, but it was a good post rotation for 20 minutes tonight. It needs to be for 40."
On Devanei Hampton playing four minutes at a time
"I was happy. I didn't know if it would be two, three or four. The pace of the game wasn't crazy, so that helped her out a little bit tonight. If we get a week or two of this of 20 minutes, we'll then push it to 25. She needs to put consistent days back-to-back. That's what we have to do. She's had some in practice, but she needs game minutes. Being able to come back tomorrow and do a good walk through and play another 15 to 20 minutes on Sunday would be nice. We need to get some consistent minutes together for her."
Cal forward/center Devanei Hampton
On playing her first home game since injuring her knee
"It was nice to finally get in. I need to be confident in my game and not get frustrated with myself. I felt good. As Coach Boyle said, going up and down the floor in the game is going to help me out more. Mentally, I know I can play more. I listen to whatever they (Coach Boyle and trainer Ann Caslin) say because they know better than me. Whatever Ann and Coach Boyle see on the floor and how I'm looking is fine with me."
On what Hampton sees the post rotation becoming
"We're great, but we're going to be even better."
Cal guard Alexis Gray-Lawson
On what it was like to have Hampton back on the floor
"It was good. We haven't played with each other in awhile. Seeing her coming in and being a little bit frustrated, we always have our talks. She came back and got us some buckets we needed at that time. She did really well."
Washington Head Coach Tia Jackson Quotes
On what went wrong
"A few of our defensive breakdowns, I shouldn't say a few, it was pretty evident during the whole game."
"Our game plan was, more than anything, to take a few charges knowing that they wanted to get to the hole."
On Washington's offense
"I think our shot selection has become a little questionable. We've got to make sure that we're taking shots within rhythm. Right now, I haven't recognized, definitely in this game, that we've taken shots within rhythm."
In practice, we shoot near 75 percent in practice, so that's not the problem. It's now carrying it over into the game, and it's going to take repetitions."
On Devanei Hampton
"She played well. She hasn't had that kind of performance in the two games previous to playing (tonight). She came ready to play tonight."
On staying in the game
"I always believe it. It doesn't matter what the score is, what time is on the clock. I've seen us come back from bigger deficits or close on bigger deficits than that tonight so I wasn't worried about that."