Jan. 25, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"I am proud of my team. We got down 19-9. We could have been blown out of the gym, but I knew that wasn't going to happen because this team always fights back, and I thought we did. We always talk about margin for error, and we just don't have margin for error. Our margin for error tonight was free throws and guard play down the stretch. Jill Noe's looks were too wide open. To me, that changed the game."
On the difference between the two games vs. ASU this season
"At the 12-minute mark at our place, we lost it, and they made a huge run. We talked to the team about that. Charli (Turner Thorne, ASU coach) talks about that all of the time. They wear people out. At the 12-minute mark the coaches looked at each other wondering what we were going to do? Then we looked up with five minutes to play, and we were down four. I felt at that point that this team gets it. If we would have converted on one or two layups, they don't get a transition bucket. That changed the game. That's their style. They push away. We have to come back and withstand that."
Cal sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker
On making runs to get close
"We're always going to fight no matter what. We looked up and we were down five. Now, we're down three. Now, we're down seven. Now, we're down three. We're just going to keep fighting until we can make a better run for us. Get three stops in a row instead of one and trade baskets. That's something we're growing and getting better at."
On the style of game
"Both teams were really aggressive. We fought. It's definitely hard to get on a run. We didn't let them get on a run in the second half either."
Cal freshman guard Natasha Vital
On the difference between this game and the game vs. Arizona State in Berkeley in December
"We've grown so much as a team. We've improved in so many different areas since the last game. We came out with confidence knowing that we can play with anybody. We tried to execute the scouting report as it was written and practiced."