March 17, 2007
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -
California Head Coach Joanne Boyle
On what is different about California's approach to this tournament as compared to last year:
"I think that you always have to be determined to allow the kids to get a feel for the atmosphere, get your feet underneath yourselves and play your best basketball."
On if the NCAA tournament is a showcase for the players and team that will help to build a stronger program
"Yes, getting to the tournament two years in a row, it just goes to show what everyone is capable of. On a national stage, it gets our name out on the East Coast, and we get to showcase West Coast basketball."
On what being in the tournament means to her:
"It's not about me, it's about the kids; it's their stage. For me, I am just so proud of them for working so hard to get here. It's putting your best foot forward, making adjustments and remembering what it took to get here."
On how much she knew about Notre Dame's coach Muffet McGraw:
"Yes, the basketball world is pretty small, you think it's bigger than what it is. I just know her from the coaching world, but she's a big name in the sport."
Sophomore Forward Ashley Walker
On what the team had learned in last year's tournament that will help them this time around:
"I'd agree with what coach said. We're still young and inexperienced. We're starting two freshmen this year, but I think we're also more prepared. We're ready. We've all talked to our freshman and told them that this is just another game. We're excited to play tomorrow."
Freshman Guard Natasha Vital
On her feelings about tomorrow's game against Notre Dame:
"[Playing in the tournament] is a great experience for me in my freshman year. I'm excited to get out there and play tomorrow. I just want to play my game and try to help my team win."