March 10, 2011
Head coach Joanne Boyle
"I am just really excited that we are in the semifinal of the Pac-10 Tournament. I think the kids have worked really hard these last few days. They really came in focused and really came in understanding the game plan against Arizona State, great team. It was just a battle down the stretch with everything. I am just really proud with how they ended the game, played the game, but really ended the game. We tend to have really exciting endings with Arizona State."
"How they play you is they flat-out extend you, pressure defense. The way you are going to score against that is to take it to the rim. I was just put the ball in Layshia's hand and she gets to call what she needs to call. Anytime something breaks down it is just her getting to the rim and I thought she did a great job, not only of getting to the rim, but she hit her pull up tonight, which was really nice. She just did a really good job of executing the offense."
On what she was thinking up by one point with Layshia at the free throw line
"Layshia was playing great all night, so when she walked up there, I thought she was knocking them down. We haven't been a great free throw shooting team. That was a change in today's game, too. Last night, we were 11-for-28. We should be extending these leads. Our free throw percentage has definitely hurt us. But Layshia has been playing here lately with a lot of confidence. So with her stepping up, it gave us the ability to go into a press and slow it down a little bit."
"Our defense was completely different down the stretch than down at ASU. We went over ball screens. We trapped when we needed to trap. We did everything down the stretch on the defensive end that allowed us to have confidence on the offensive end."
On the matchup with UCLA
"They are mostly a defensive team. They like to get up and pressure and rebound. We have been known to grind games out and Nikki has done the same. They are a great team and we are really looking forward to a great match up."
Sophomore guard Layshia Clarendon
"I think it was just sweet revenge. When we play ASU, it is always a battle, a war. It is always going to come down to the wire. It is never going to be a blow out. I think we have come a long way. We have been working on our last second situations. We made a mental mistake at the end of that game and still had a foul to give. Today was just being a lot smarter at the end, knocking down our free throws, fouling at the right time. I think, growing as a team."
Sophomore forward Talia Caldwell
On the matchup with UCLA
"I think we both have similar styles, sort of that gritty defense. We both pride ourselves on rebounding. So when you have two teams that just love to rebound, it just gets physical and is not a pretty game. I think it is that we both have really intense defense."