NCAA Tournament Notebook: Second Round

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By Viet Nguyen, Staff Writer
Posted Mar 20, 2017
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Waco, Texas--Additional quotes and notes from Cal's 86-46 loss to Baylor.

Post-game quotes...

Junior forward Penina Davidson:

"Everything is a lesson, honestly. Coming from where we were--this time last year, we weren't even playing. So taking what we can to improve. [Coach Wendale Farrow] put it really well when he said that it's really important to take the emotions we felt when [the NCAA bid] was first announced to the emotions we feel right now. They all need to be used somehow to progress."

"Last year, we handled it really well. We were in a way worse predicament and the entire pre-season, we told ourselves, 'Bring it back.' And we ended up a step further than last year."

"It didn't come down to just tonight's game. There were a lot of others improvements that we could have done during the season to get us out of playing the one-seed in the second round. At the end of the day, it was lesson to be learned and carry it through."

"What I like about next year is that everyone will be one year older. We've been growing a lot already, and one year older is huge. There is a difference of going through the motions as a freshman, to 'I've been there; I know what it's like. Now it's time for business.' It's exciting, really."


Freshman Jaelyn Brown:

"I felt that we've made a huge improvement, just from the beginning of the year. It was a huge accomplishment, and we need to take it one step further, to not only be in the Tournament, but to be a higher seed. We'll do what we have to do."

"It's more about mentality. Physically, we were there; we have what we need. We just need to be mentally strong, and play hard the whole season. We had a few lapses, and breakdowns here and there."

"Hopefully I'm going to have a bigger role, and have more of a voice on the team. To help the incoming freshmen in any way possible--in practices, to stay focused, and play hard 100% of the time. It's just a whole other step, and I want to help them do that. From looking at other teams, not just Baylor, but they played hard all the time. Every game that they played, they were consistent. And we're trying to get there."

"Of course we're disappointed about the loss, but I think next season... we're going to get a little break, but we're going to come back ready and focused and be better."

Head Coach Lindsay Gottlieb, on receiving a baby gift from Kim Mulkey:
"Kim gave me a baby gift at shoot-around today. I thought that was really thoughtful. She said she has a place in her heart for moms and coaching, and that's the kind of thing that women's basketball is about."
 
NOTES:

 With the loss, the Golden Bears are 12-12 in NCAA Championship play.

 California was held to 20 points in the first half, the fewest points scored in a half by the Golden Bears all season.  The 40 point defeat was the largest margin of defeat faced by the Golden Bears this season.

 The Golden Bears move to 13-1 on the year in non-conference play.

 California falls to 5-7 in road games this season.  Kristine Anigwe (20 points) scored in double digits for the 33 rd time this season, including each of her last 15 games

 Anigwe (11 rebounds) notched her 16 th double-double of the season.  Anigwe added her 12 th 20 point-10 rebound performance, tying for the most in the country this season.

 Asha Thomas finished 0-for- 3 from the three-point line, finishing the season with 63 three-point field goals, the second most in a single season by a Golden Bear.


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