Feb. 7, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore guard Lauren Greif, who hails from Portland, Ore., makes her second trip home to the Beaver State in a Cal uniform this week when the Bears take on Oregon and Oregon State. Greif, who has started all 54 games of her Cal career, led the state of Oregon in scoring in high school at 22.9 ppg. The 5-10 guard ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in three-point field goal percentage (37.1) and is tied for eighth on Cal's career three-point list at 35.7 percent. CalBears.com recently sat down with "L.G." to discuss the trip to her home state and life off the hardwood.
CalBears.com: Are you excited to play in your home state of Oregon?
Greif: "It's always great to go towards my home. I'm going to have a lot of people at both places. Not as many as Mooch (freshman guard Rachelle Federico) in Arizona, but I'll do my best. From the basketball side, we got badly beaten at Oregon's McArthur Court last year, so it's more about that kind of revenge."
CalBears.com: Does being a sophomore this year rather than a freshman just out of high impact your thoughts on traveling to Oregon?
Greif: "I know what to expect more. Playing at Oregon is hard. They have great fans, and then we had a double-overtime thriller at Oregon State. We know they're both quality teams, and we're going to have to take care of business."
CalBears.com: When you're not out on the basketball court, what kind of stuff can we find you doing?
Greif: In Berkeley, I'm always basically with the basketball team, doing whatever we do. We watch a lot of "Law & Order" as a team and just hang out.
CalBears.com: The Bears have just started the second half of Pac-10 play. What do you foresee for the second part of the season?
Greif: "I think a lot of it is going to be about ball movement, as shown against Stanford. We just need to keep moving the ball, trusting each other, and we'll make plays. We've always been a good defensive team, so we can't lose that. Even if our offense goes for a minute or two, we can't allow our defense to falter."
CalBears.com: What do you think is the difference between this year's team and last year's team?
Greif: "I think it's maturity. In tight games, we know as a team that it's going to happen. Even if we're not making shots, they'll come, and we'll get the job done."
CalBears.com: Out of all the trips in the Pac-10, is the Oregon one your favorite to go on?
Greif: "Definitely. It's not exactly where I'm from -- I'm more from Portland than Eugene or Corvallis. But a lot of my friends go to both of those two schools, so, I'll have a bunch of friends from high school I haven't seen in a while at the games. It's just nice to be close. They'll bring all their family and friends, and it'll be fun."
CalBears.com: What do you think is one of the things that you miss most about Oregon?
Greif: "Not the rain, for sure, because it's in both places. I would just say my house and where we live and how comfortable it is there."
CalBears.com: If you were to go anywhere in Berkeley to eat right now, where would you go?
Greif: "Yogurt Park for basically any time, but I like Café Intermezzo, I love salads and they have great ones. At Yogurt Park, my favorite thing to get is some kind of swirl, no matter what the flavors are, with chocolate chip cookies."
CalBears.com: What is your favorite part of playing at home in Haas Pavilion?
Greif: "I love our rims. I just feel comfortable on our court. Our fans are great, especially on Kids' Day when they get everybody out, and we sign autographs afterwards. It's just a really fun time."
CalBears.com: What's something that sets you apart from your teammates?
Greif: "I will keep my same hair the whole season. It will be mine, and it will be the same color. I will wear in a bun for the whole year, which I don't think anyone else on my team can say."
CalBears.com: Do you have any superstitions?
Greif: "Not as much as superstitions, but as a routine or ritual. I usually go through the same ideas and places, but I don't think we're going to lose if I forget do something. As a team, after shootaround, I go back up and eat and then we lay around in the locker room. Then we always go out in the same order. I'm right behind Lexi and Mooch is behind me. It was by height, and then we got a little bit out of order when people started getting hurt, and then we just wound up with this one. It's pretty set."