Shantay Legans Diary
March 5, 2001
BERKELEY - First off, I'd like to say how great all our fans were at both games in LA. They were loud and the team heard them, saw them and appreciated them. There were lots of fans at both games, they made the team feel like we had plenty of support and I'm sorry we couldn't come through with the wins. It was also nice seeing some of our SoCal Bears at the Friday dinner in Marina del Rey. I had fun meeting and talking to everyone there.
This past weekend was disappointing for all of us on the team. We didn't execute at the end in either game well enough to win. I feel especially bad for our seniors to have to go out like that against the LA schools. Both UCLA and USC have some good players on their teams, and we needed to play well on both ends to win either game. We didn't and so we lost. Both games were ours to win, and that is the biggest disappointment.
I felt we matched up well against UCLA and we had that game after a shaky start, but couldn't maintain our composure down the stretch. Gadzuric was in foul trouble, Lampley owned them on the glass, our shots were falling, and we were playing strong and aggressive. With the talent UCLA has, we had to be focused the whole 40 minutes, and I don't think we were in the first 5 minutes of the game or the last 2 minutes. Like I said, we lost our composure and didn't execute down the stretch. Lampley once again put us on his shoulders, but it wasn't enough, as not enough of us stepped up to help him.
As for the USC game, we came out sluggish and not aggressive enough. Lampley needed help as Clancy is an excellent defender and I didn't step up and give it to him. Brian played well with 18 points, Solomon was aggressive, Ryan and Joe had good games, but it wasn't enough. We have to execute, adjust and play mistake-free ball to beat the tournament teams. Our mental mistakes cost us both games.
I expect us to play aggressive, tough and hard-nosed ball this coming Thursday and Saturday to finish off league. ASU is a dangerous team for us. We beat them at the beginning of league, and if we're not careful, we might mess up and overlook them for Arizona. It's something the whole team needs to be aware of and we are. My whole focus at practice this week is beating ASU. They have been playing well and we need best games of the year from a lot of our guys both Thursday and Saturday. We want to beat both Arizonas, and I think the fans who come out to Haas this Thursday and Saturday will be rewarded, hopefully, with 2 wins and 2 great exciting games.