Post Game Quotes: Cal vs Stanford, Jan. 2, 2010
Jan. 2, 2010
Head coach Joanne Boyle
'Stanford is a great team. It's a tough game to start the Pac-10 with, but it showed us a lot of things we need to work on and get better at as we move on in the season. I told the kids- one game does not make our season. It is what we do and what we take away from this game and improve on to be able to go down to the LA's and the Arizonas.'
On what she did take away from this game
'For starting four freshmen, I thought we came out with a level of energy. There wasn't an intimidation factor. We have got to find a way to score. Layshia has been our leading rebounder and scorer the last three or four games. We have got to find scoring from other people. So that's something. When we score, we can press. When we're not scoring, then we're straight up man-to-man and Stanford is not a team you want to play in single coverage. We gotta find more scoring.'
On the coaching a team with six freshmen
'I love their energy, their competitiveness. As a coach, you want to be in a different place by now. All of my colleagues in this business keep saying 'I see it coming. It's coming.' As a coach, you want it right now. I get that piece, but everybody needs to bring something. We need 8, 9, 10 kids contributing in different ways. We have a glimpse of that, but we're not getting it all right now.'
On the size disadvantage against Stanford
'We tried to run a lot, keep it uptempo. We tried to get some early screens. We tried to get our guards to the basket, get Stanford out of rotation. And I thought we got great looks. We just didn't finish. Layshia is usually money on her pull-up, but she was tired. They played Eliza great, didn't defend her and then she's out of the game and that puts Layshia in the position where she had to play defense, zig zagging, and that's not the best thing for her/ Early on, we needed to get some transition and layups. Stanford is not a team where you want to be walking the ball up the floor, then run quarter court execution, put your two bigs on the block and try to score over them. It's tough because the help side on Layshia, if she's got Pohlen guarding her and then she switches and she's got Kayla on her. Yes, the size hurts. I feel we are a team that can do this, though. We just need to make shots and someone needs to step up and score.'
Freshman guard Layshia Clarendon
'We watched so many Battle of the Bays on TV. It is hard to believe how fact we got thrown into it and now we're playing in in. As a team, we just took it as another game, another chance to play a top-10 team. This wasn't our first big game, so we were somewhat experienced. We just looked at it as another game, another opportunity to beat a good team.'
On whether or not she was intimidated playing Stanford
'We've seen them (the Stanford Players) play at USA's. We've seen them play on TV. We knew them a little more than other teams we've played. I was really proud of our whole team. We weren't scared at all. We just came out like they are just another team and we're just going to play.'
On the freshman experience this season
'It's been hard hearing people say it is a rebuilding year or there's so many freshmen and wait until next year. We don't want the seniors to go out this way. We don't want this to be a rebuilding year. We want to make something happen now. The freshman thing, I don't think that is an excuse at all. At first, the experience thing was really hard, not knowing, running the point and sometimes I wouldn't take a shot, that clock management thing. I'm just trying to make the young thing not an excuse at all.'