March 20, 2009
LOS ANGELES - During the open locker room period on Friday at USC, CalBears.com had a chance to sit down with sophomore Kelsey Adrian. This year's trip to the NCAA Tournament is Adrian's second after playing at Stanford in last season's tournament.
CalBears.com: What's it like to be playing in the Galen Center here on the campus of USC?
Kelsey Adrian: It's great to be here. How many weekends in a row have we been here? This is the second in a row that we've been at the Galen Center and our last road trip of the regular season was to Los Angeles. It's like a home-court advantage for us.
CalBears.com: Last year, the Bears had a great first-round game but dropped the second-round game in heartbreaking fashion, does that memory stay with you during this year's NCAA Tournament?
KA: Of course you always want to do better than you did last year. Especially because we're a better team than that so we want to move on and do our best.
CalBears.com: Are you approaching Saturday's game against Fresno State any differently than a regular-season game or one in the Pac-10 Tournament?
KA: Not really. It's a big game because it is the NCAA Tournament. But, if you look at differently then you just get more nerves. It's a big deal for us, but we still have to focus and prepare the same way.
CalBears.com: Is the NCAA Tournament like the big games when you played in Canada?
KA: I guess it's kind of like the playoffs again. You get pumped up for it, and it's a big deal. Everyone's ready for it and we want to play. It's kind of the same thing.
CalBears.com: What were you thinking after the selection show?
KA: I was just excited that we were going to the NCAA Tournament. It didn't really matter to me where we were going to play, I just wanted to get a high seed.
CalBears.com: Has practice been any different for you this week?
KA: Not really. We're just getting ready and fixing a few things...practicing shots. It's been normal for the most part.