Dec. 28, 2006
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"I thought it was a great game, a great first half in particular. I think Charli (Turner Thorne, ASU's head coach) deserves a top 10 ranking. They're a great team. They're playing their best basketball ever, and they've been playing like this for the last 12 games. I'm very pleased with my team's effort. In the first half, we executed the game plan to a tee. In the second half, we fell apart offensively and defensively. What I'm more disappointed in is not being able to get stops down at that end because it put us under the gun of having to go end line to end line on every possession. In the first half, we got a lot more transition and easier looks at the basket. We had to work for everything (in the second half). There's no excuse for not getting stops on defense."
On the offensive adjustment that ASU made in the second half
"We were in zone trying to save some legs, and they really picked us apart. I'm not one to stay in a defense if it's not working, but as soon as we came out of it and went into our man, we fouled. Three quick ones, and now we're putting them on the free throw line, and they're shooting free throws and not working for any points. We're not deep any way, and so we get into foul trouble. I challenged our team that that has to change. If we're going to be a team that can change defenses, they have to commit to the change."
On the second-half post game
"Our posts didn't get many touches in the second half. Part of that was that we ended up with 24 turnovers. They didn't have a chance to."
On the performance of Cal's freshman guards "They've been in the fire for awhile. Ever since Lexi (Gray-Lawson) has been out, those kids have been playing 40 minutes. I think they've adjusted. It's great to go against this type of competition. We're going to get better for it. I told the kids in the locker room that the worst thing we can do is to dwell on this and not take advantage against Arizona. A split is a split. If we don't come out (on Saturday) and have the energy that we did in the first half tonight, then we've done ourselves no good in terms of the growth of our game."
Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne
On Cal playing without Alexis Gray-Lawson
"It made me sick to my stomach when I heard about her injury. As a sophomore, she is one of the best point guards in the country. That's a big adjustment that they have to make. Their freshmen guards are doing a fabulous job. It's a tough blow. They're going to get her back. They're very deserving of their ranking. Even without Alexis Gray-Lawson, they're going to be in the mix. They will be one of the top teams in this conference. I really believe that. They have one of the best interior games in the country, and they're so well coached. They know who they are, and they do what they do really well."