March 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
California Coach Joanne Boyle
"We faced a really tough Virginia team. (They had) a lot of athleticism and their quickness you saw in transition. (I am) just really excited about how we are playing basketball right now. The composure we had, our defense, rebounding, free throws, everything; I just thought it was one of those great games. I am excited to be going on to the next step."
On keys to winning the game
"The key points to the game were to keep them off the boards, keep them off the free-throw lines, limit their transitions, and maintain our poise and composure."
On balance of team play
"It was great. It was fun to watch and I knew this was in my team. It was there, and I think the emphasis this week was just sharing the basketball."
Senior forward Ashley Walker
On tonight's performance
"We just said that we didn't want this to be our last game. We don't have anything to lose and we just played with our hearts and souls."
Senior center Devanei Hampton
On Virginia's defensive strategy to go one-on-one at the post
"One-on-one coverage is like a green light for the both of us, so that was basically it."
On matching up with Virginia center Aisha Mohammed
"I thrive off of being real physical. Aisha Mohammed, she is a really, really good player and she was very physical, and that was a battle for me, we just had fun."
Junior guard Alexis Gray-Lawson
On limiting Virginia's big three
"We just honestly came out and played. We knew obviously what they were capable of doing. We had seen them play before. They are a very good team, so we just wanted to come out here and stop an ACC team."
"I would call us the big 11 because it took all 11 players to come out here and to get 99 points."
On upcoming game "I think we are all ready to play another game. At this point, we are just ready to play, no matter who it is."
On team's performance in the tournament
"We are just a different team right now. I don't really know how to explain that. We just don't want to go home. That is pretty much it, we just don't want to go home and be without each other."