Jan. 6, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"The credit goes to Stanford. They came out and played unbelievably. This is how they've been playing lately. I thought we had a game plan early and (Kristen) Newlin came out and hit some shots, and we had to adjust it. We have to regroup as a team and figure out where we're going. I don't think we have a purpose right now. That's where we're struggling. I thought at times we had effort but not for the game. We have to be able to knock down some shots. We didn't do that tonight."
On Stanford's defense
"They did a great job. I look at the shooting percentage. They have the three big kids in there, and they're doubling down. Ultimately, we have to take responsibility on both ends of the floor. I felt like we did a poor job defensively in transition, and they got easy looks. At the same time, they come down and give our guards wide open looks, and we weren't hitting. If we get the ball inside and get touches and are getting fouled, then we have to do a better job at the free throw line and get more touches. Ultimately, there are games when you're going to knock down shots, and if we're not going to knock down shots, then we have to get stops on the other end of the floor, and we didn't do either.'
On where Cal needs to grow
"We have not become a second-half team. We have to learn how to become a second-half team. Whether it's making a run or not letting the other team make a run, something has to change. If you look back at the last four, five or six games, there's a theme there. We have to change that mentality."
Cal forward/center Ashley Walker
On the emotion of playing in front of a big crowd
"It's Stanford so of course there is a ton of emotion. There was a big crowd. We haven't had one yet this year. We came out and were a little shocked playing against the No. 12 team in the nation. Once we settled down, we started to get into our own rhythm."
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer
"Any time you come over to Cal and you get a win, you're always excited. I thought our team really focused well in our practices getting ready for the game. I thought our defense really stepped up for us. That was where we started. We looked to help in and try to limit as much damage as we could with Devanei (Hampton) and Ashley (Walker). They're both great players. I thought we rebounded well and tried to get in transition a little bit. Candice (Wiggins) did a good job knocking down her threes. We went inside to Jayne (Appel). I thought Jill (Harmon) made some nice moves and big plays."
Stanford guard Candice Wiggins
On hitting six three-pointers
"I keep working on my three-point shot. I try to keep opening up our inside game by hitting outside shots. I try to focus on that right away if I'm open. The biggest thing is making sure they're open and not forced."