Post Game Quotes vs. Nevada, Dec. 30, 2009
Dec. 30, 2009
Head Coach Joanne Boyle
On the different energy in tonight's game
'We talked about coming off the BC game and the lack of energy, the lack of pressure and all of that. We changed the starting lineup and put Eliza in to create a little more full-court pressure man-to-man. For the most part, we did a good job with it. Going into the Pac-10 season, you want to come in off a high and a big game. And everyone got to play so that was good.'
On finally having a full post rotation
'It is tough to go with two post players, especially when they are young. They tend to make mistakes and you just have to keep playing them. Having four fresh bodies, especially going into the Pac-10's, we are going to need all of them. They need to understand that they need to go four minutes hard and let us have a rotation, but they can't take possessions off. I think at times we are still doing that.'
On the recent play of Layshia Clarendon
'Layshia does a lot. She had seven boards tonight and has led us in rebounding a couple of games. I think part of it is she is just in a flow. She realizes the green light is hers when she wants it and we are definitely playcalling for her. Fifty percent of it is playcalling, but the other 50 percent is her doing it on her own.'
Freshman guard Eliza Pierre
On her first career start
'It means a lot. It is really cool to come out playing with Alexis and Layshia. I knew that they wanted me to go in starting off on the defensive end, bringing all the energy and stuff, so that is what I brought. I hope I get more starts.'
On what she did to disrupt the Nevada offense
'My defensive job was to stop the point guard in transition, because she likes to get a lot of outlets. So we wanted to make her get closer to the baseline and then zig-zag her throughout the halfcourt. Then at the halfcourt, pressure her up. Make sure she wouldn't have enough vision to see the post. The post really would run the floor. It really was just to slow her down, make sure she didn't have any vision, and make it harder for her to make entry passes.'
On how she has changed since the first game of the season
'I think I am more of an offensive threat now because they want me to drive. I wasn't doing that at the beginning of the season, so you will see more of that.'
Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon
On her play the last three games
'Mainly, I just got my confidence back. In some of the games, Lex and Tasha, the older girls just open things up. They are so good and people know who they are. People kind of don't know who I am, so it gets me a little more open. I think I really started feeling confident in the Long Beach State game. It happened a little bit against Saint Mary's and Texas A&M, but Long Beach State I really felt good.'
'I had good success when Lex was driving and kicking to me on wide-open threes. I think she did it like four times. Whatever she'll give me, I'll take it.'
On the biggest change in her as a player since the first game of the season
'My confidence. And my defense. I never had to play defense in high school. My coach would yell at me for playing defense in high school. So playing defense is the thing that has changed the most. And getting to play more minutes.'
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