Game Nine Post-Game Quotes: Stanford vs. UCLA

March 14, 2010

Stanford Head Coach Tara VanDerveer

On going undefeated in conference play and in the Pac-10 Tournament:

'To go 18-0 in the Pac-10 regular season and to go 3-0 in the tournament I think says a lot about the maturity and the focus and just the unselfishness and the leadership that we have on this team.'


On this year's Stanford team:

'We have a lot of the ingredients that make championship teams.'


On possibly meeting Connecticut in the NCAA tournament:

'The same things that help you be successful against the really good competition that we play are the same things you need to do against [Connecticut].'


On her team's improvement:

'As a coach, I'm always going to see the things that we need to do better, and our players look at it that way too. We don't have anyone breaking their arm patting themselves on the back.'


Stanford senior center Jayne Appel

On going to the NCAA tournament:

'I think when it comes time for tournament time, there really is no excuse, no injuries. They just seem to kind of go away in your mind.'



UCLA Head Coach Nikki Caldwell

 On Stanford's offensive execution

'I thought Stanford really did a great job handling the different defenses and the different looks we threw at them.'


On the play of Stanford's Jayne Appel, Kayla Pedersen and Nnemkadi Ogwumike

'Their big three came to play and it showed.'


On UCLA's effort throughout the season

'This team has come far from the beginning of the year. I'm very proud of the efforts they have displayed throughout the season and there are still more games to be played.'


On UCLA settling for too many jumpers and not being more aggressive on both ends of the floor

'There's no room for passiveness when you're gunning for a championship.'


UCLA freshman forward Markel Walker

 On UCLA not executing for extended stretches of play

'We've got to learn how to play for 40 minutes.'


UCLA sophomore forward Jasmine Dixon

 On UCLA's offensive execution

'Our offense was a little distorted. I felt that we could have come back if our shots started to fall and we got the inside-out looks generated better than we did.'


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