Post game quotes: Nov. 20 vs. Illinois
Nov. 20, 2011
Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb
"I want to acknowledge that we are wearing orange ribbons today in support of our friends and basketball community members in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I wanted to say, officially, that Cal women's basketball lends our love and prayer and support to the families of Miranda [Serna] and Kurt Budke and their team. It was an unthinkable thing. She was a friend of mine. We are sending our thoughts there. It was a big part of this day for us today."
"From a basketball standpoint, this is an exciting win in our building. This is the kind of win you can really smile about. I still think we can get a lot better, which is great. Today, we saw a little adversity. We got into foul trouble early in the first half. We talk all the time about the depth of our post group. You saw that today. In the second half, when there were some calls that sort of changed the game a little bit, not that they were good or bad calls. We just had them on the free throw line a little bit. I thought we rallied around that and did what we needed to do. I also thought our guards really responded to the last game and got the ball inside to get it back out, and then we knocked down shots. A lot of things to be happy about."
"I thought we did a really, really good job controlling the boards. They only got four offensive rebounds and that is something that is a strength of theirs. We dominated the boards a little bit. I thought we got stops on defense. It was our best defensive game by far."
On what she would do different with players in foul trouble
"We'll go to bat with anybody and make it a physical game in the post because we have four. Obviously, we don't want foul trouble, but we are not going to back down on the physicality. We want to play good positional defense and not get sort of cheap fouls at the end, but we're not going to have our posts relent in terms of playing physical. I thought they did a good job of getting position on offense and trying to limit the opposing post players, who are very good post players on the other team.
Freshman forward Justine Hartman
On what she is adding to the entire piece
"I think my inside game. And I am able to shoot the little mid-range jumpers. I can open up the lower post."