Nov. 12, 2010
Head Coach Joanne Boyle
"I am just excited to have our first game against some quality, quality competition end in a win at Haas. Just being a young team, we are looking to see what we can potentially do this year. I know it wasn't the prettiest of games, but it was nice to grind it out and get a win at Haas and start our season off in a good light."
"Rebounding won the game for us. I think there was a stretch there where they were taking quick shots, and we just got every rebound. I think that was huge for us. Our defense was pretty good. We aren't typically a zone team, but making them become a jump shooting team helps us and gives us a little transition."
"We only had 10 turnovers. To have ten against an athletic team is great. I thought Eliza [Pierre] and Layshia [Clarendon] as the two primary ball handlers were good, but Afure also had to handle it a little bit out there in the open court. I thought we also did a great job on the double teams on the post. We didn't give them any easy looks in the post and they turned the ball over. That was part of the game plan."
On the effect of Eliza Pierre on the game
"She has been known for her defense. She doesn't necessarily stand out for her defense when we're sitting in a zone. She has just gotten so much more comfortable this year with her offense. Understanding what to call in transition a little bit, she saw open gaps when they were trying to fall back into their triangle and two and two-three defense, and she wasn't going to let them get set. She took the ball to the rim. I thought she did a great job. She is just the energizer bunny. For her to go that hard for 40 minutes, it is hard to keep going at that pace. I think the pace that she plays at has been a huge asset for us. And I think she is calmer on offense this year. Makes better decisions."
Sophomore forward DeNesha Stallworth
"Tonight I think I played well. I missed a couple of good looks, but it happens. I am excited to be a primary scorer this season. I am happy about accepting that role and I am excited for the season."
Freshman guard Afure Jemerigbe
On her Cal debut
"It felt great. I know the coaches put emphasis on rebounds, so when I got in I wanted to just crash boards and box out. Overall, it was a great experience."
"I talked to Coach Charmin [Smith] earlier and we had a goal sheet. One of my emphasis was to rebound, to go strong, and to not hesitate, so I tried to, every time I got the ball, make the right read. And if there was an open lane, to take it to the rack and try to get on the free throw line. I just caught the ball and gave it a shot and went for it.