Jan. 12, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal head coach Joanne Boyle
"It was a good game. I felt like we did some really good things. I felt like we played some great defense, except a spurt at the end there. They got a little hot. I felt like in the first half we had a lot of offense. We were playing a lot of kids in the second half. We were trying to get a rotation and get the subs some minutes. There was a disconnect a little bit, but it was good to get everybody into the rotation and get a win."
On playing zone to start the game
"We changed it up. LaVonda [Wagner, Oregon State's coach] runs 110 quick hitters, and they hadn't been shooting the three very well, so I just thought if we could change it up...I don't think she expected us to play zone. I could be wrong. But we had one day of prep, and to prepare for everything that they do, it was just going to be really tough. I figured that we'd eliminate some of that prep time."
On the team's play overall in recent games
"We're working through some things right now, and I think that the kids are doing really well. We just have our moments. I know they are, too - trying to think about the bigger picture of what's going on and what we're trying to do here. We're raising the level of expectation we have of ourselves. Sometimes we play to that, and sometimes we don't. We just need to practice and play at that level every day, and that's a challenge. They came out really strong today and started to feel as the No. 9 team in the country that this is how we have to play day in and day out."
On limiting OSU's Ashley Allen
"I thought just the last couple of minutes the defense is where we had some breakdowns, but I thought the kids did a really good job of understanding the game plan and executing it on defense. We frustrated her a little bit. I was very pleased with our defense on her."
On looking ahead
"We want more, and you don't get more by being average. It's about pushing the envelope and challenging each other. That's something we have to continue to do."
Cal forward/center Devanei Hampton
On how her knee is doing
"It's good. It's better than it was three weeks ago."
Cal guard Alexis Gray-Lawson
On building on the lead
"We're a team that excites ourselves. Coach told us we're up 20, and said that's our challenge to keep it at 20 or to push the lead. We've had a couple of problems with that in the past. Knowing that, we continued to do what we do best by getting up and down the floor as much as possible."
Cal forward/center Ashley Walker
On the team's goals coming into today's game
"We have higher expectations for ourselves. Mentally you have to think about what you have to do for every game. We're ranked the No. 9 team in the country, so we have to play like that every game."
Oregon State head coach LaVonda Wagner
On comparing Stanford and Cal "They're both very good basketball teams. They've been competitive since day one, and I expect they'll be competitive again when they play each other. They both have a tremendous inside game, and they both have good guards. It's going to be a very competitive game (when Cal and Stanford play). It's always competitive. It's a rival game, and people bring things to those types of games that sometimes they don't bring when they're playing their rival."
Oregon State guard Ashley Allen
On comparing Cal and Stanford
"They're both very good defensively, very quick at the guard spots, very big inside presence, which made it very tough for us at both places. They came out hard."
On what Cal did defensively to stop her
"They did a good job of being up in my face and following me everywhere and not making things easy for me. They made it very difficult for me."