Dec. 30, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"I was happy with our game in general, obviously the first 20 minutes. I think we've been up and down a little bit in the second half, but for the most part, I was pleased with how we came out aggressively and attacked both offensively and defensively."
On the maintaining the lead
"That's where our focus was from the last game to this game. I thought the last 20 minutes of the Washington game, we just kind of played, you know, just to finish the game. We challenged the kids, and they did themselves, to not let that happen this game. I thought we did a better job with that."
On what she said to the team before today's game
"I was hard on them after the Washington game because of how I thought we played in the second half. It really was from the time the Washington game finished up until now that we've been talking about it's 40 minutes. We might be lucky and fortunate enough to be able to beat a team by 10 or 20. But it's not about the win; it's about what you do with each possession. I think you have to approach games like that because ultimately if we're going to be a great team at the end of the year, when we face Stanford and USC and UCLA and some of these great teams that we're going to come up against, when it's tight, how are you going to respond? So that was our focus and that's why we're trying to get to 40 minutes every game."
On Devanei Hampton falling in the second half
"She was fine. She just didn't get up quick enough. She got tripped. She didn't tweak it or anything. She was fine. She just said she got tripped and just fell. Before I knew it, [trainer] Ann [Caslin] was out there, and she said, `Do you want to come out because you laid down too long?' Injuries are plaguing the conference so anytime anyone goes down -- when Lexi went down with her hand, I thought it was her wrist -- you hold your breath for a minute. We were fortunate to get out of that one."
On the defensive plan
"We've played our match-up zone on the last two games just based off of personnel and kind of what we wanted to do. We said this game was going to be 40 minutes of just flat out man-to-man defense, and we need to get back to what we've built our identity on. So that's what the focus was. It was good for us. We needed a full game of 40 minutes in the end."
On whether it's easier to run out of man or zone
"It just depends on where the shots come from. I wouldn't necessarily say it's either one. It's tough to get back and match-up and transition out of the zone. We've been working, whether it's man or zone, in practice on really pushing the ball as much as we can. We're getting double teamed at the post so much. The time where our posts get the best touches is in transition on the block when the defense isn't set yet, so we're trying to get them early touches just to avoid so many double teams."