Feb. 8, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
California Head Coach Joanne Boyle
On Washington's performance:
"They played a great game. They have six seniors and they are playing for their lives. They are playing like this is the end of their season and they came out and obviously wanted it more than we did down the stretch."
On the loss:
"I thought in the first half we were in tune with everything and then we just didn't take anything away from them. We let them do exactly what they do on people all the time and it was a disappointment."
On being wary of a letdown after the Stanford win:
"We had two great practices. I talked about it. I couldn't talk about it anymore. I finally shut up about it. I felt like they understood, and that they got it. I felt like after the first half we were not in that mode at all. We were focused but not in the second half. [We] shot 46% from the free throw line."
On Washington's strengths:
"The one thing we talked about was that they score an enormous amount of points on offensive rebounds. It's glaringly obvious that if you look at the offensive rebounds and free-throws that we were getting killed."
On not calling a time out:
"We had a play set up, and we actually got the look. They knew exactly what we were going to do and it wouldn't have helped me to call a time out and with their defense. I felt that with their pressure my fear was that we wouldn't get the ball inbounds."
On the pace of the game:
"The pace of the game was a problem. But the pace became the pace because of our turnovers. We turned the ball over and they fed off of that. The pace got more frantic at the end. You can control a tempo with six kids, but we just didn't do it."
Cal Forward Devanei Hampton
On the difference between the first and second half: "[We were not] getting rebounds and eliminating second-chance points. That was the only reason they scored. Other than that, just gutting it out and holding court."
On what needs to be improved:
"Free throws, the team and me in general."
Cal Forward Ashley Walker
On the loss:
"We started turning the ball over and letting them get second-chance shots."
On the potential game-tying three:
"I actually got a really good look at the basket which was surprising. It wasn't the plan to shoot the ball, but we had a press to deal with and had wasted so much time off the clock that by the time I got the ball we only had 15 or 14 seconds left. We ran the play we were supposed to run but it didn't work out the way it was supposed to work out. We didn't have enough time, and we needed a three so I was coming back out and had no one to pass it to and was standing at the three point line so... shoot it."
Washington Head Coach June Daugherty
On what was needed for the win:
"We just went back to our strengths, and we talked about that at halftime. We felt like we definitely were going to have to do a good team job and if we got back after it, defended the high post, and started getting some easy pieces we would be fine."
On California Women's Basketball:
"California is, obviously, just an amazing team. We just feel real good about getting one in overtime on the road."
On Ashley Walker and Devanei Hampton:
"When you've got to play against [Ashley] Walker and [Devanei] Hampton in particular inside, they are unbelievably talented and you can't give an inch. If you give an inch, they're going to score on you."