March 24, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. -
California head coach Joanne Boyle
"I'm just so proud of my team. I told them in the locker room that this game does not define our season. I'm just disappointed in the outcome because we deserved the opportunity to move forward and that didn't happen tonight. I want to give credit to GW for just a great game."
On how the team followed the game plan
"We had to look to get outside shots, which I think we did. In the second half, they switched it up. We tried to get inside-outside touches and we just didn't knock down as many outside shots. Balls were rolling around the rim. I don't think there was anything we didn't expect."
On how she would rate GW in terms of physicality
"I think they were a very physical team. There were a lot of teams we played this year that were physical from the Pac-10."
On the blizzard defense
"It's a great defense. They get in the passing lanes and get touches on the balls. You have to knock down shots against it. I felt like we did that more so in the first half. Then we tried to get it under the basket in the second half and sometimes got fouled and went to the free throw line."
On what she told the team in the locker room
"I told them how proud I was and that things happen for a reason, and I don't know why the outcome is the way it is. We'd like to be able to control the game as coaches and players. It's sad for Krista Foster because its her last game with us. This doesn't define our season. We've changed Cal basketball in a very short period of time, gotten a community involved. There's been a lot of great things that have happened for us this year. As hard as it is to hear it right now because it just hurts a lot is that this game doesn't define our season. I don't want them to think that this game defines our season. But that's hard to comprehend right now."
Cal forward/center Devanei Hampton
On anything catching her by surprise
"No. They double and triple teamed me, but I knew just to kick it back to my guards, and they hit their shots. That's all that you can ask from your guards. There was nothing unexpected. I would have been surprised if they didn't double or triple team me."
George Washington head coach Joe McKeown
"This was just a great college basketball game tonight, and I just want to congratulate Cal. It was an unbelievable way for us to win the game, and I realize a tough way for them to lose. They proved that they deserved to be a #3 seed. I'm really proud of our team. It was one of those games that will go down as one of the great games in GW history. We were behind the whole game but we just kept battling. I told them at halftime and before the game that this is a player's tournament, and Sarah-Jo made big plays, Antelia, Kim and Jessica Adair made big plays. Kim made a great pass to Sarah-Jo for the (game winning) alley oop. I know it wasn't pretty; it wasn't a high scoring game. Both teams left everything on the floor."