March 9, 2008
SAN JOSE, Calif. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"I'm just so proud of my team. It was one of those hard-fought games that you play in March, and we've had two of them back-to-back. We've been fortunate enough to come out on top. (I'm) just looking forward to sitting in those stands and actually being the first team in the championship game to find out who we'll be playing."
On California's play
"We talked about three things. We talked about transition defense, which I thought we did a really good job for the most part on. We talk about owning the boards and taking care of the ball, not missing opportunities. Early on, we struggled with that, but we got back to what we do best -- got the ball on the inside-outside and attacked pretty well in the second half."
On forward Devanei Hampton
"She came off a really tough game yesterday. you guys watch how people play her, and she usually has to go against three or four people. She was so ready to play this game. From the start, she was there and missed some early shots, but she stepped up to the free throw line and was a different kid at that free throw line today. That really started to build confidence in the team, as well."
Forward/Center Devanei Hampton
On tough coverage
"They usually set three or four people on Ashley (Walker) and I. It's pretty hard down there, but that's what Ashley and I love. We love contact, the physical play and all we do is capitalize from it. They put us onto the free throw line, and we get them."
Forward Ashley Walker
On the game
"It's March basketball, and no one is just going to go away, and they didn't go away. We worked hard. We got stops when we needed to get stops, and when we got stops, we converted on the other end, which is something we felt we didn't do yesterday."
Arizona State head coach Charli Turner Thorne
"We struggled to score in the second half and California did a great job of coming out and establishing its inside game a little more effectively. We got away from a few of the things we wanted to do defensively and that led to our demise. We've continued to get better throughout the season. Both California and Arizona State are teams that are on a mission to do great things in the NCAA Tournament, and I give them credit for doing a great job of stepping up and making big plays."
On Cal's inside game
"We didn't box out well in the first half. We were not putting bodies on people, and they got a lot of second shots. In the second half, California started making more of their opportunities, and we let them get deep seals behind deep in the key. We were also slow on our double teams."