Feb. 14, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -
California head coach Joanne Boyle
"I thought it was a great game, a very hard fought battle on both ends as we knew it would be. We were fortunate to come out on top. I thought we did a great job attacking and getting on the glass, and obviously outrebounding them by 13 really helped our cause."
On the offensive effort
"We scored 70 points, finally! I feel like we're back on track offensively. We still have to do a better job taking care of the ball, but I thought our shot selection was good. We rushed some things early, but I think we settled down. Dev (Hampton) took over offensively. Ashley (Walker) was all over the boards. I felt like we were more of a unit today. They don't typically play too much zone, so for us, it was adjusting to the zone a little bit but I thought we did a good job. We still need work. We're not where we need to be, but it's nice to see our posts getting some good looks and finishing. It's tough against their guard play to knock down shots when you're really tired, and I thought we did a good job of Tasha (Vital) and Lexi (Gray-Lawson) getting to the basket today and getting fouled."
On striving for a Pac-10 title
"These kids decided they wanted to fight for a Pac-10 Championship. We're older now. We're not freshmen and sophomores. They want to be at the top. They commit themselves to it. It's part of building the program. I'm excited where we are, where we're headed. They run the show now. They know what they want. We're not telling them or asking them. They know what they want. They're going after it."
On the importance of Cal's rebounding advantage
"We gave them one shot. Dev (Hampton) was all over (the glass). Dev had 12, Ash (Walker) had 11. Giving them one shot. I thought their transitions hurt us, when we turned the ball over. That's what they do well and probably best is get in transition. I thought we did a poor job of that. But I thought limiting them to one shot was really huge for us.
Cal forward/center Devanei Hampton
"Every game, we come out with the same mentality. Today my shots were just going in. Every game for us is a Pac-10 Tournament. In order to get to the actual Pac-10 Tournament in San Jose, we take each game the same way. We don't take anybody lightly."
Arizona State head coach Charli Turner-Thorne On Cal's rebounding On ASU's post game On Ashley Walker
"Obviously, you get your rebound, you win the game. It's rebounding. It was both ends of the court. It wasn't just giving up second shots but not getting shots. We weren't able to get second shots at all for most of the game. We got a few at the end, after the fact. It was on both ends of the floor that we didn't expend the energy and effort to rebound the basketball."
"Again, I think it was related to our lack of patience in the second half. I think we were giving it to them early in the offense when they were pushed out, and we had to work the ball and get in a little bit better position. A lot of our success in the first half was offensive rebounding."
"She's always problematic on the boards. I don't think it matters who it is when you don't put a body on them. She rebounds every shot. She's a great rebounder. She's not just a good rebounder; she's a great rebounder. She's someone that I have my posts look at on film. She obviously had a good night against us."
On Cal's rebounding
On ASU's post game
On Ashley Walker