2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament: Game Eight Quotes

March 14, 2009




Stanford Coach Tara VanDerveer

On tonight’s game

“I thought that was a really important game for us. I thought our team was very focused. We had seen the end of the USC-Cal game and we knew we had to play really well.”



“UCLA is an extremely athletic and aggressive team. They’re very talented and we had to work very hard to come out with this win.”


On tomorrow’s matchup with USC

“USC right now is playing really well, having beaten Arizona State and then beating Cal. They’re playing with a lot of momentum. They’re terrific three-point shooters. We’re going to have to defend very well.”

“I think they have one of the absolute best players in the conference in Camille LeNoir. We will have our hands full, but I have a lot of confidence in our team and how well we’re playing. We’re just going to have to come out and play really well.”


Stanford forward/center Jayne Appel

On tournament basketball

“We know it’s tournament time and either your season’s ending or their season’s ending, and that’s the mindset we come out with every day.”


On her determination and physical play

“I couldn’t care less how many bruises I go home with. As long as we get the win, I’m happy.”


Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike 

On adjusting to college life and basketball

“In the beginning of the season, as a freshman, you’re new not only to the team, but also to the school, and you’re trying to get used to things. Right now, I feel like I really know what’s going on. I have our sets down. I know how we need to get things done, so I’m mixing my game into that.” 



UCLA Coach Nikki Caldwell 

On tonight’s performance

“Stanford is solid across the board.  They are a team that has multiple weapons offensively.  They are big, they are strong, they are long.  They did a great job of really disrupting us offensively and exploiting some of our defensive looks that we had.”

“We are a young team and we are a team that is still going to learn from this and compete in a manner, in the near future, where we can compete with a Stanford.”

“I thought we didn’t make the extra passes.  I thought we were shooting contested shots.  We didn’t play as a unit and you have to.  Stanford is not going to break down too much in their defensive scheme.”


UCLA guard Darxia Morris

On not getting out to the hot start that they had hope

“Stanford did a good job taking us out of our offense.  If we would have executed our offense better and played together, I think we would have done a way better job like we did against Oregon State.”


On goals for the offseason

“I need to work on my all-around game because I know next year that I am going to need to step it up because I am going to be a junior.  I am ready for the offseason now to work on my game and get better.”


UCLA guard Doreena Campbell

On the length and strength of Stanford’s defense

“We had difficulty getting into our offenses, getting sets drawn.  They were active on defense, but I wouldn’t say we were pushed or anything.  We just had difficulty getting into our offense.”


On goals for the offseason

“For me, definitely defense for sure, ball pressure is key.  And then offensively, just try to be more multidimensional.”




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