Feb. 2, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
On what the win says about her team
"I think it's kind of the theme of what's been going on with this team for the past couple years, and that's their toughness and their heart. I think it was just a great game. It's always a really good game against USC. They know us very well. Mark (Trakh) does a great job preparing. Last year, it came down to the same thing. I'm just really proud of my team for hanging in there and gutting it out and really taking care of business at the free throw line."
"They're a really good team. Their record, before coming up to the Bay Area, was 6-3. They were taking care of business at home. They have a lot of injured kids. They always play hard. They never quit. It's not a surprise."
On Rama N'diaye
"I thought Rama changed the game for us. I think there was that lull, where it was just stuck, and we couldn't score and we were just flat, and she came in on both ends of the floor and did a great job on Nadia (Parker) and gave us some great looks on the offensive end. She was unselfish with assists and rebounds and such. I thought she was the one who really changed the game at that point."
On the pressure Cal faces each game being first in the Pac-10
"It's easier on them than it is on me. They just play. They know it. It's in the back of their minds. It's not something you talk about all the time. We have a lot at stake. We know it. We don't look too far ahead, and it's about taking one game at a time. You try and break that down and talk about possessions and what you need to do. We'll trip ourselves up if we look too far ahead, so it's just about taking care of business when we step on the floor. They know it. We don't talk about it. They know what's at stake."
Cal guard Alexis Gray-Lawson
On what the win today says about Cal
"(It says) that we have a lot of heart. I think we work really, really well together, especially when we're struggling. I think that's one of the best parts of our team. When someone's struggling from the line or three-point or wherever, we always pick the slack up for each other. Tonight it was Devanei (Hampton). She had a great game. It just happened that way."
USC head coach Mark Trakh
On Cal's post players
"(Devanei) Hampton and (Ashley) Walker are two of the best big kids in the country. There's no question about that. For Hampton to move that body the way she does, she's aggressive and physical and she's got a beautiful touch. That kid, I gave her a hug and said, `Thank goodness, I've got to see you two more times, maybe three at the most if we play you in the Pac-10 Tournament.' Thank goodness that kid is going to be a senior because she is certainly a load. The great thing about her is that she just plays hard all the time. She's physical. She plays hard. She's a good kid (with a) great work ethic. Needless to say, we've got a lot of respect for Cal. They did a great job in the overtime period, too. (I'm) just very happy with the effort."