Post game quotes from Princeton
Dec. 6, 2008
Head coach Joanne Boyle's post-game comments
'I think we're just happy to come away with the win. I know it's a twenty point win, but I'm just disappointed with my team. We have been a very good defensive team, but we let Princeton shoot 62 percent in the second half, 50 percent overall. I don't think we did a good job of making adjustments. I think we were stuck in mud a little bit. I don't think we did a good job of communicating with each other. We just need to get better. We'll have a tough match up tomorrow no matter whom it is.'
'Not to take anything away from Princeton, we are better than what we showed tonight. I know my team. I know what we are capable of. We did not come out as though we had a target on our backs.'
'We talk all the time about how you've got to play every game. You can't assume that you are just going to walk on, and it says `Cal' on your jersey, so you are going to win a game. That was part of our growth from last year. Games that you're not supposed to grind out, you shouldn't grind them out. I think we have to be able to step on the floor and have the same excitement, butterflies in our stomach, to whomever. I think sometimes we think `we're just going to take care of business and grind it out.' That is not the team I want us to be.'
'Princeton is more of a guard-oriented team, so there is a lot of movement. They run a lot of stuff. You have to be able to fight and get through screens. We weren't communicating on those screens and we weren't quick enough to read it, to get to where we needed to be. Credit to them, they did a really good job with their motion offense.'
On her decision to press
'Princeton was getting into a rhythm in the quarter-court, we thought if we came out and pressed a little bit, other people would have to take shots that were open, people who normally wouldn't shoot the ball would have to. They missed a couple of shots and it gave us, on the other end, some transition. It was better than grinding it out against their zone in every possession. I didn't want to stay with them and go 94-feet to 94-feet, if we could break it open and get a transition game going, get some easy baskets, instead of facing the zone all night, that might help us as well.'
On being ranked No. 3
'The number is so subjective. It's really just a number, what other people think of you. Honestly, we don't look at it. If you get caught up in all of that stuff, you lose focus. We respect the people who think so strongly of us and put us where we are, but really, its not part of what is important during the season. The respect is unbelievable, and we need to take care of that, but it doesn't really go beyond that.'
Senior Forward Ashley Walker
'In the first half, they played a lot of zone. So when they doubled me in the second half, it took me off guard, at least that first time. Afterward, I'm so used to being doubled and tripled, it's just another double or triple. My team does a good job moving the ball out and then getting it back into me.'
'Our team is pretty good at not caring about the number. Three or 22 or whatever we are, we don't pay attention to it. We just keep playing our game. We go out and play Cal basketball'
On the return of Devanei Hampton to the floor
'It's great to have her on the floor. There was an adjustment period, those first couple of games back, a little tripping over each other, but we got that all out of the way and now it's more back to what we're used to. She's such a great target. It allows me to play more of my position, to not have to be down on the block all of the time.'