Dec. 3, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"I was definitely pleased how we started the game and the entire second half. In between, Arkansas State did a great job with their pressure. It kind of took us out of the offense that we were running. They created some turnovers and got some easy buckets and kept it close. We had a long talk at halftime as to how we wanted to make adjustments. The kids came back on the floor offensively and defensively and did exactly what we wanted them to."
On Cal's post game
"We're best when the ball goes inside, and if we can't score, it goes back outside. Dev (Hampton) was frustrated today. The thing she did a great job of in the first half was when she got touches, and they collapsed on her, she was skipping the ball to the weak side, and we got great looks. Keanna (Levy) was taking people off of the dribble. Devanei needs to find her rhythm, and she hasn't been in practice (consistently due to injuries). It's going to come. She just has to be patient. The more our posts get touches, the better we're going to be, whether they're scoring or they're creating opportunities for our guards to score out of that."
On Ashley Walker
"I told her last weekend that I think she has taken her game to another level. Dev being out for so long has led Ashley to put a lot on her shoulders in the post group. Rama (N'diaye) is really young and is learning. Krista (Foster) is an undersized post player but has been playing great with her minutes, as well. The load has been on Ashley, and she has responded really well. She's been very consistent. Our job now as a group is to get Dev back into the routine and into game shape. That's going to come, but until it does, Ashley has more responsibility."
Cal sophomore Ashley Walker
On battling the viral infection this week
"It was a long hard week. At the beginning of the week, I was sick and was itching. I had an allergic reaction to the medicine. I just wanted to get better as fast as I could so I could play. They got me another kind of medicine, which worked, so I was back right away and ready to play. I have to wear a t-shirt for awhile."
Cal sophomore guard Alexis Gray-Lawson
On getting the ball inside
"This past week in practice, we had been doing a lot of drills, getting pressure on the wings and entering into the post, and making sure we get out so that they're able to get one-on-one situations. That's what we did tonight."
On having a scoring outburst tonight
"I've had a couple of feet injuries. It's been a little tough for me. I had extra tape today, and it worked. I'm happy about that."
Arkansas State head coach Brian Boyer
"This is by far the best front line that we have faced. We've faced some really good guards, but we haven't seen a front line like that, with the strength that they have and the depth that they have. That's what stands out with this group. The other thing is that you should give their guards credit. They accept their roles, and they do it well. They hit the open shots when they have to, but they also understand that it starts with the inside, and they get the ball in there."