I’d be lying if I said that the time difference didn’t have an effect on us, but for the most part you wouldn’t even be able to tell that we’re all the way across the country. Getting in late Friday night gave us the opportunity to come straight to the hotel and just rest, some much needed rest after the long day that we had beforehand.
Going into the NCAA tournament is always a great adventure, but the process to get to this point was one in itself. It wasn’t easy, and we were tested in all aspects during the year, which makes us appreciate that much more how far we’ve come as a team.
The anticipation of Selection Monday is always a great environment to be in, walking around campus with our heads held high, waiting to see where we are going to be competing and who we'll face.
Saturday night Cal punched a ticket to their first Elite Eight in school history. Star senior guard Layshia Clarendon talks about their win over LSU, team dynamics and facing Georgia in the quarterfinals.
We had a rough first half against LSU because we weren't getting a lot of stops defensively. We went out there sluggish on defense - not our usual Cal grittiness. For us, our system starts with our defense; it ignites us. In the second half we locked down on defense, and the show was on.
Saturday in the Sweet Sixteen round, Kentucky held off a determined Delaware team to advance to the Elite Eight where they will face UConn. Senior guard A'Dia Mathies discusses her team's approach, and reflects on the past week.
The win against Delaware was a good one. We focused on defense and tried to pressure Elena Delle Donne as much as we could. We tried to keep her from getting into a flow, and we were glad to get the win.
After beating Tennessee-Martin and Iowa in the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds, Notre Dame will face Kansas Sunday. Kayla McBride checks in and talks about her career-high 28 points last night, being a student athlete during the Tournament, and what it's like to be on the floor with the Irish.
I'm the kind of person who gets nervous beforehand and has to do things to get my mind off the game, because I care so much. But as soon as I step on the court, it settles me down, and that was the case last night.
Senior Layshia Clarendon has been the leading scorer for Cal this season, and for the second consecutive year, the dynamic guard has lead the Bears into the NCAA Tournament. She talks about the fun she and her teammates had on Selection Monday this week.