Volkova: 'Long journey to go'
March 6, 2004
SAN JOSE, Calif. - - Olga Volkova scored eight points and grabbed seven rebounds (4 offensive) in an inspired performance off the bench in Cal's 82-57 thrashing of Oregon last night in the first round of the 2004 Pac-10 Tournament at HP Pavilion. In today's second round, Cal plays Stanford, which beat the Golden Bears twice during the regular season.
Q) How big was the win over Oregon?
'This is exciting, but I know that there is a long journey to go. We have Stanford next and we have to concentrate on them. It's our big rival. We haven't beaten them this year, but I think we'll step up here in the Pac-10 Tournament.'
Q) Your team scored over 70 points for the first time since early January and had five players who scored in double figures for the first time this season. How did it feel to put up a lot of points for a change?
'It feels nice. We get really confident when a lot of players on our team can shoot. We start playing better defense because we're making shots on offense.'
Q) Your team came into the game as the worst rebounding team in the conference but outrebounded the Ducks, 40-29. Did you focus on that before the game?
'Yeah. We want to stick to our game plan: rebounding, taking charges and grabbing loose balls. If we're going to continue to do that, we're going to be successful.'
Q) San Jose is closer to Stanford than it is to Berkeley, but does HP Pavilion feel at all like home?
'It's different. We do have a lot of support. We appreciate that we have a lot of fans in the stands cheering for us. The crowd was really supportive and excited when we made runs and made shots. I could hear every single person there in the stands.
'But it'll be challenging when we play Stanford, because a lot of people will be cheering for them, too. I'm looking forward to it.'