Feb. 16, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
California head coach Joanne Boyle
"I thought it was a great game. We settled down after probably the first five or six minutes of the game. We really anticipated them coming out in a zone, and they did not. We just tried to get settled and get some of the things we wanted to run early. We finally settled down after probably eight minutes. After that, I thought we did a really good job on both ends of the floor."
On Ashley Walker
"She did a great job. Tasha (Vital) did a great job; she had 12 assists. Ashley (Walker) was really running the floor well today. We're looking for some different quick hitters, and we really rotated the ball and got Ashley really good looks where she's capable of scoring."
On the secret to Cal playing good defense
"We're really committed to it. I think everybody plays their role. With Dev (Hampton) and Ash and Rama (N'diaye), we have a great post rotation inside. Ashley plays a lot bigger than her height. You've got Dev at 6-3 and Rama at 6-5, so we can really be physical inside and we get up pretty well, and we block shots. I think it's tough for people to score down there. Our guards do a pretty good job of taking away the three. I don't think it's any junk defense; they just get really committed. It's always been the identity of our team, rebounding and defense. It's just something that's part of who we are. We've talked about it from day one. It helps us create even transitions. We talk about that."
On playing Stanford next Saturday
"They haven't entered my mind. We just know it's one game at a time and if you do any more than that, you'll put yourself in a position to fail. (I) haven't even watched any film on them, to be honest. We'll start tomorrow. Just looking forward to trying to make some adjustments and being the team we can be here at home."
On the slow start
"I think it caught us a little off guard. They were a tough match-up because they played their post player at the three position today so that was a touch match-up. Lexi got in foul trouble because of it. We were disjointed a little bit because of it. We settled in, I thought, after awhile."
Cal guard Natasha Vital
On Cal's defense
"Defense is our number one priority when we come out to play. We just focus on stopping the guards, us guards do, and the posts they help us out a little bit. They do a good job down low."
On whether she knew she had nine assists at halftime
"I didn't know either until Coach Kevin (Morrison) told me before we went out. Our post players were finishing really well today and my guards were knocking down shots. I have to give them credit because they're the ones knocking down shots."
Cal forward/center Devanei Hampton
On the energy Ashley Walker brought to the team today
"It could be Ashley one day, Tasha one day or me another. Whomever gives us energy and a spark, we feed off of them."
Arizona head coach Joan Bonvicini
"I thought we started our game pretty well. We had a good game plan to really double down on their posts. I thought for the first 15 minutes, we did a pretty good job. But from that point on, it was interesting when Alexis Gray-Lawson went out with a couple fouls, then Ashley Walker just took over. It was a 21-6 run. They went into halftime on a real up. We tried to make some adjustments in the second half and Devanei (Hampton) just took over. So it's like you pick your own poison. They're great players. Last time we played them, we did a great job on their post players, and then their guards really hurt us. I think they show a lot of confidence. They're deserving of their ranking because they play with a great deal of confidence."
On what works well for Cal
"They do different things. They play a lot of sagging man so they force you to make decisions. They do a really good job at helping each other and obviously control the paint. They're a tempo team. They run when they have it, but they don't try to push it too much."
On Ashley Walker
"I just think she got aggressive and wanted the ball. She was making her move before we could even get our double team from our guard down. I think our posts didn't do a good enough job getting her off the block, or getting Devanei off the block. We didn't bump and steal nearly as much as we should have and could have."