March 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Following the victory over Virginia on Monday evening at the Galen Center, the players had media availability in the open locker room period. CalBears.com caught up with senior Shantrell Sneed and juniors Lauren Greif and Natasha Vital to discuss their thoughts on the record-setting game.
CalBears.com: The first Sweet 16 appearance in California program history...what's on your mind right now?
Lauren Greif: This is just exciting for the team. We had such high goals this year, and we get to keep going after them.
Natasha Vital: We're excited. Especially to get over that hump of losing in the second round. We finally got there to the Sweet 16.
Shantrell Sneed: We're still dancing for the first time in Cal history. We are just continuing to write our own history. We're playing some of our best basketball at the perfect time.
CalBears.com: L.G, you had nine assists, which was a new career high. Were you aware of how many you were dishing out during the game?
LG: I was just trying to move the ball. We've been doing a lot better with ball movement. If someone had told me that I have nine, I would have passed to someone for a double-double.
CalBears.com: What was the key in stopping Virginia?
LG: Their transition. The first five plays of the game we didn't do a good job of it. But then we really hunkered down.
NV: We had to stop their scorers. I think we did a pretty good job on No. 1 and No. 33. Monica Wright is a great player and she was really hard to guard.
SS: We were able to contain their big three players. They made their little run, but we came back and played great defense.
CalBears.com: What was the key for the Bears?
NV: Running our plays. Putting the ball in transition. Early in the game, we got a lot of give-me baskets. We moved the ball really well. We've been working on that in practice. We were also looking for the open man.
SS: Just staying poised and composed, and sharing the basketball. We found the open person. Despite them making a run, we never lost our poise or composure.