Post-Game Quotes: Colorado
Jan. 6, 2013
California Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb
"We anticipated this mountain trip would be really tough. Colorado's an excellent team - legitimate top 20 team, very, very talented, and we knew it was going to be a battle. Obviously we'd like to score more than 52 or whatever it was, but a win is a win. I'm really proud of my team's grit. Charmin, my associate coach, said in there, there were some championship plays there. It's not the pretty ones that win you a championship. It's when you take a charge and have to grind it out. We'll get back to work and make sure that we're able to score a little bit more than we were today."
On Brittany Boyd's injury
"It was a knee-to-knee. You know, Brittany goes in hard, and it was knee-to-knee, which obviously wasn't good. We didn't want anything twisting. She bounced back and just played through it."
On Layshia Clarendon
"Well the first thing is, we really give Layshia the toughest defensive assignment all the time, and she's guarding Chucky Jeffery, who's you know, a terrific player. We expect Layshia to do everything for us, so her defense throughout the game I thought was tremendous. But I didn't see exactly what happened, but we know going down the stretch that we either want the ball in Layshia's hands on offense or we believe in her to get a defensive stop."
On last minute defensive stop against Chucky Jeffery
"I mean there were so many small plays like that because it was such a close game, but yeah, obviously in a one-possession game, that was huge. It's two great players going at it, and we're lucky that we have Layshia. She's just a really great leader and all-around complete kid on the offensive and defensive end."
On missed free throws
"I said to them in there, and again, I credit Colorado for being really excellent team, but there were a lot of opportunities for us to push the lead in a lot of ways. We know that for us, we're a physical team. We're going to get to the line a lot. We've got to knock them down. But fortunately, we were able to get away with the win regardless of that."
On Rocky Mountain road trip
"It is substantial, that's all I can say. You know, last year, the first time these teams were in the Pac-12, and we left, I said to the assistants, `You know, I don't think that any other teams, other than Cal and Stanford, will win all four because of how good they are and because of the difficulty of the road trip.' And both teams are really better, so we're very excited to get these two wins. It wasn't easy. I think it made us better, stronger, tougher. We're happy to go away with two. We've got some pretty games next week too, looking ahead a bit."