Jan. 2, 2007
BERKELEY, Calif. -
Cal Head Coach Joanne Boyle
"A lot of credit goes to Tommy (Garrick) and his team. They played hard and didn't care who they came up against. They outscored us in the second half. They did a great job with their game plan. This is the first time after a win that I'm extremely disappointed with our effort."
On the reason for the second-half struggle
"I wish I could tell you. We have to learn to play the second half. We'll come out and play a great first half (sometimes), but I don't think we played a great first half. There were times when it was very clean and times it was very sloppy. They outscored us in the second half, and that is unacceptable. Credit to Rhode Island for having a good game plan. When you go into halftime with five turnovers and you come out with 18, there is no sense of urgency on doing the little things. We don't have the depth and experience and the guard spot, and for that matter, we don't have a lot of experience to relieve our posts, which means you have to do the little things. You have to set up screens. You have to use your screens. You have to make good passes."
On the importance of Lauren Greif's two three-pointers late in the game
"I'm happy she made them, but we shouldn't have been put in that position."
Cal sophomore forward/center Ashley Walker
On the team's performance
"The starters should have gone in the second half and pushed the lead 10 or 15 more and come back out. That's where our team needs to grow. Arizona State is one of those teams that knows how to put a team down and keep putting them down. That's something our team needs to get better at."
On what it will take for Cal to put together a complete 40-minute game
"We need to do the little things. We need to come in and do exactly what we did in one half and do it in the next half and not let down."
Cal freshman guard Lauren Greif
On her two critical threes late in the game
"The first one we were against the shot clock, and I got an okay look considering there were three seconds left. I just put it up, and it went in. That worked out. The second one, they didn't pick up in transition, and after hitting the last one, I felt pretty good about it. It was early in the shot clock, but it felt like it was a good time to shoot it."
Rhode Island Head Coach Tom Garrick
On guarding Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker
"We tried to put in a number of different schemes to give them different looks, to give them things to think about, but with that kind of skill and that kind of determination and good coaching, they're pretty well versed in any defense they're going to see. We tried to mix it up a lot. We wanted to double Devanei (Hampton), but she is just so quick and so strong and so athletic and tough to double. They're a pretty formidable duo."
On what you said to your team at halftime
"We pretty much said that we gave them a 20-minute head start because we didn't really do much of what we talked about in the pre-game meeting and in our shootaround this morning. We took the fact that they're No. 21 in the country at face value and said this is how it's supposed to happen. As impressed as I am with Cal, I'm really proud of our kids by the way they came out in the second half and were resilient and persevered. We didn't continue to get pushed around. We closed the gap. In the first half, they had as many offensive rebounds as we had total rebounds. Our kids got a little tougher and a little more determined. We talked about at halftime about being a team of character and try to show what we're really about."