Dec. 10, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Head Coach Joanne Boyle
On coming across the country to play KU:
"It is hard to get teams to come all the way out to California, so we just picked up the phone and started calling people like Vanderbilt and KU to see if they would play us, even if we had to come out there in year one. We just called big name teams and tried to schedule some good tests."
On the defensive game plan:
"Kansas is young, so it was our game plan to try and switch up the defenses on them to confuse them. (Kansas head coach) Bonnie Henrickson has switched up her lineup to go more athletic, but they are younger. We just tried to double-down every time which gave them trouble and made them think through stuff. They were calling it so tight that we could not go man because then they would go to the free throw line too much, but the problem with the zone was that we gave up a bunch of long rebounds off of missed three-pointers. Their offensive rebounding is what kept them in the game. But the zone was working, so I just stayed with it."
On going into the Pac-10 Conference season:
"The core of our team is that sophomore group that went through it last year as freshman. They know how hard it is. Playing on the road at tough places like Vanderbilt and winning at Kansas has been great and hopefully it has taught them a little bit. The Pac-10 is so tough, but they know it, and this should help prepare them for it."
Sophomore Forward/Center Ashley Walker
On the game:
"We did our normal things out there today, but they were double and triple teaming us so that took some time to get used to, but we figured out that if we cut to the hoop, they can not double us."
On picking up a non-conference road victory:
"It is always hard to go on the road, especially to a Big 12 school that is good like KU. It was a good win today. We did not play well in the first half and we were sitting in the locker room saying to each other that this is a gut-check time. So we came out ready to play in the second and got the big road victory."