Post game quotes: March 20 vs Notre Dame
March 20, 2012
Head Coach Gottlieb:
"I am so happy and honored and proud to be the coach of this California team. We have a lot of different weapons; we play really hard; we won't back down. Our players represent themselves and our school in a really impressive way. They have a swag and spirit to them as well what is good for women's basketball."
Question: How did the pressure in the second half change?
"We picked (Notre Dame's pressure) apart a little bit early. They came out and upped the pressure in the second half."
Question: With everyone on the roster returning, how does next year look?
"It's telling when we shook hands before the game, Muffet said to me, `you have a top ten team next year.' (Our performance) got our name out there on a national level. It will help us be on (everyone's) radar. It will help our players to understand where they want to be and the work it takes to exceed (the expectations). We want to be a Notre Dame - a one seed - a two seed. (Our team) clearly has flaws. I don't want to be good next year simply because other teams graduate players and we don't. I want to be good next year because we have everyone back and we are better, and that is an exciting thought."
Question: How much of the second half would you attribute to your team's lack of experience?
"I thought it was a lot about what (Notre Dame) did. I think Notre Dame feeds off the crowd and gets better. I didn't feel like our mistakes came from panic. I think it came when the other team was able to do things that rattle you. There is no question that we got a little bit rattled and made some mistakes that changed the tempo of the game at the beginning of the second half."
Question: Talk about team fighting and not giving up. "They always believe that we can come back. We believe that when we are not making mistakes that we have some weapons that pose problems for Notre Dame and other teams. I said to them when we were down 13 or 15, `we were down more than this against a number-one (Stanford) seed and we took it to overtime."