Dec. 13, 2008
SAN JOSE, CALIF. -
Head coach Joanne Bolyle
"We panicked against the 1-3-1 pressure. The got twenty points off turnovers in the second half. We got zero, We have to give ourselves a chance to score in the second half."
"Finishing is the thing we wanted to improve on. I told them in the locker room, I've never lost a [26 point] lead as a coach. I keep asking myself, how did I not do my job to prepare them in that situation. That's on me. You have to have guard play at the end of a game. Our guards are good. For whatever reason, they were tentative. We didn't do the easy things. We made it all so much more difficult on ourselves. We were looking at each other to make plays instead of playing together. What we did in the first half was be aggressive. They were aggressive in the second half. We weren't."
Junior guard Lauren Greif
"We talk about coming out and winning the first five minutes of every half. They really took that away from us tonight."
Senior forward Ashley Walker
"We just didn't get good looks in the second half. We didn't do the same things. We weren't in a flow. We went away from everything that went right in the first half and nothing fell."
"It's a great game to play against your friends, to play against people who you grew up with, who you battled for spots in AAU. There is a lot of emotion in the game. I was excited to be on the floor with people I grew up with. I congratulate them. They played a great game in the second half."
"They are a really good team. We have a really good team, too. I think it was just a game of swings. When you see both of these teams come March, its going to be a different game. I don't think it will be a game of swings then. It will be a much closer game."