Jan. 18, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
On getting off to a good start
"Against Washington, we came out and hit our first couple of buckets. We all relaxed. Like any team, you get on a roll and you become confident and everything starts falling and you get stops. I felt like we were doing a great job of getting stops. They only had 20 points in the first half. Sometimes we are a team that's slow out of the gate offensively. It was a good start defensively and a poor start offensively. We're missing two guards. Everyone knows Lexi (Gray-Lawson) is out and then Keanna (Levy) goes out with a concussion. We're playing a post player (Rama N'diaye) at the wing spot. It's tough in a day or two to revamp your offenses. I thought we did a good job against their zone and made them come out of it. For the most part, I'm pleased with how we came back and started knocking some shots down. We just can't turn the ball over 21 times. You have to give yourself a chance to score."
On what got Oregon State going in the second half
"They had three layups in a row. They played their best defense the last six minutes of the game when they got confident. Casey (Nash) came out and hit back-to-back threes. That's what confidence does for you."
On the game plan to stop Casey Nash, the Pac-10's leading scorer entering the game
"We wanted to switch on all screens, deny her the ball and make her take tough shots. I though Ashley (Walker), Devanei (Hampton), Rama (N'diaye) and Krista (Foster) were primarily on her. The key for us was communicating. They set so many screens and double screens and she curls. I thought they did a great job, and then they took advantage of her on the low block trying to get some fouls."
Cal sophomore forward/center Devanei Hampton
On winning by six
"A win is a win. We'll take it. We're not happy how we finished it because we know what we're capable of doing. We need to take care of the ball and take advantage of their turnovers."
Cal sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker
On her confidence level when Oregon State made their second-half run
"My confidence didn't drop. I felt like my team could pull it out. We just needed to pick up our intensity. We let them go on a little run. That's something we need to grow from."