Cal vs. UCLA Postgame Quotes
Jan. 6, 2008
LOS ANGELES -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
On going to overtime again against UCLA
"When it went to overtime, I was like here we go again. Maybe three is a charm for us. I thought it was a great game by both teams. Going into overtime, it's always a game of grinding things out. If you look at the stats, you can throw them all out the window. It was two Pac-10 teams playing hard. It came down to battling each other out, and it came down to possessions. It could have gone either way. I was really proud of my team in the last two or three minutes of the game and in the overtime. I just felt like they got, they wanted it, and they were determined they were not going to lose the game."
On winning against UCLA after a hard-fought win over USC Friday
"In the Pac-10, every team knows you really well. The rankings go out the window. Everybody has your number. They know you. They scout you really well. You've got to be able to step up every night and play. Whether you play ugly or you play pretty, on the road it's going to be about grinding games out. That's what we have to do, and we did that today. And, we did that the other night, as well."
On the game plan
"We want Dev (Hampton) to get touches. Whether she shoots it or kicks it back out, the worst thing for us is just to keep the ball in our guards hands and just penetrate and start shooting jump shots. Taking bad shots and off-balance shots just creates transition for them as you saw. If our posts are getting touches and it's inside-outside or if Dev feels like she has one-on-one, I have to go with it."
Cal junior forward/center Devanei Hampton
"Coach was telling us to go at them and attack. That's what I did. I'm still trying to find my rhythm. I'm going to keep shooting. I know my team has my back. Everybody was hitting. We just grinded it out. I'm going to keep shooting until I find my rhythm and kick it out to my guards"
Cal sophomore guard Natasha Vital
On whether she had the hot hand
"I just get my shots in the flow of the offense. I'm always looking for my post players because I feel we have the best post duo in the country and the Pac-10 Player of the Year. We're going to keep getting the ball inside. It doesn't matter if she's shooting poorly because I know Devanei is going to hit some. They'll double down on her, and then she can kick out to the guards. I was feeling it a little on the outside, so when I was open, I was pulling it."
UCLA head coach Kathy Olivier
"Cal is a very, very good basketball team. They have a great inside game. Their perimeter game is very consistent. The focus was to keep them off the o-boards. I thought we did a great job of that. We wanted to limit our turnovers, and we did a great job of that. And, we didn't want to send them to the free throw line. That's the biggest stat that stands out. They went to the free throw line 22 times, and we went to the line 10."