March 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES -
California Coach Joanne Boyle
On her post players
"We did a really good job. We just got a lot individual touches. They didn't double-team us so our post players got some single coverage tonight and they took advantage."
On her team gaining confidence at the offensive end
"Shots were falling. We moved the ball much better tonight. We got some easy looks, we got some good inside-outside action and attack, and we got some transition baskets, so all of that being said, offensively, to start the postseason, it's a great way to have your first game."
On the defensive game plan and holding Sami Whitcomb scoreless
"We said for every possession `Deny her the ball. Don't let the offense run through her at all.' We were here scouting last night, we got a lot of their play calls and the kids really did a great job with the scouting report. Last night, we were up until 10pm going over it with them, and they're very good about studying that and taking things away, and that was the key for us, to just not let [Whitcomb] get in the flow."
Senior forward Ashley Walker
On tournament basketball
"It's great teams and it's tournament time and we're just excited to be here and have the chance to play another game. You're only guaranteed one, so when you come out and win and do what you're supposed to do, you get to move on, and I think that's what we're most excited about."
On tomorrow's matchup with USC
"It's going to be a great game. Every team has a friend team, a buddy team, and they're kind of our buddy team. We're very close to a lot of the players and when we get on the floor together, it's kind of like a battle royale. It just turns out to be that way. If you look back at history, I think all of our games have been decided by less than five points.
California forward/center Devanei Hampton
On playing alongside Ashley Walker
"Everyone loves when we don't have double-teams. That's like `green light' for the both of us. We look for each other a whole lot. She passes me the ball really well, and I look for her too."