The Pac-10 coaches were on a conference call for the first time in more than a month Tuesday.
Here are some of the highlights:
Arizona’s Niya Butts
“We can’t continue to take steps backward. We have to address bad habits and continue to progress as time goes on. For our program, our team, we are light years ahead of where we were when we first started. We are making progress in changing the culture, which is what we are trying to do here.”
Washington State’s June Daugherty
Asked what one thing she wants to emphasize with her team heading into the second half of the Pac-10.
“I only get one thing?” Daugherty said. “Ive got a long list. We are very inconsistent night in and night out on offense. We need to figure out who are our go-to people. We are turning the ball over too much, we have to have much better ball security. I’m disappointed we didn’t finish some of the games and that resulted in our own demise.
“The onus on me as a head coach is to find a way to have to put two halves together. If we can do that, we are a good team and a very dangerous team.”
Washington’s Tia Jackson
“We finally have a healthy roster. For the second week now, we’ve got all 12 players on the roster and we are having full practices.
“We have tremendous talent 1 through 12. One of the things we need to do a better job of is taking care of the ball. And making free throws.
“But we have a great opportunity to show how we are a force inside and out.”
USC’s Michael Cooper
On the difference between the teams currently in third place.
“Definitely it’s going to be home-court advantage,” Cooper said. “We slipped on that against Arizona State. But whoever winds up third is going to have to play some good basketball from here on out. The team that plays consistent defense will probably finish in that third spot.
“I’m hoping it’s us. Our RPI is good. Our schedule was very, very good.”
On Jacki Gemelos’ progress.
“On a scale of 1-10, she’s probably at an 8 or a 9. She’s still acclimating. We need her creating ability on offense. She’s a little tentative on defense.”
On Stefanie Gilbreath, who has been out for several weeks with a foot injury.
“She’s cleared to play. Hopefully she’ll be available against UCLA, so don’t be surprised to see her out there.
Oregon State’s Scott Rueck
“I’m really pleased that under the circumstances we are as competitive as we have been. We have made some real strides as a team. It’s time for us to finish a close game, to make the plays and get the stops we need to.”
“I wondered if our season was over after the non-conference. I thought we were going to have to duck and cover for the next two months, but it hasn’t been like that.”
Oregon’s Paul Westhead
“This is a big weekend for us. There’s much to be gained and unfortunately, much to be lost this weekend.
On playing “reasonably well” against Stanford and Cal:
“We got off to an incredibly tough start in the Stanford game, missing our first 15 shots. There were parts of the Stanford game that I thought our players played really well.”
On whether there’s an pressure to play in the new arena:
“There was immense pressure in the first game, christening a new facility. And it just so happened it was Oregon State and it just so happened that there were 12,300 people there. It was not our normal crowd, so that was incredible pressure for that particular game. But I don’t know that there’s continuing pressure. We had 4,000 at the Cal game, which is probably double what we would get at Mac Court. I know the coaches and the players want to win for the fans, but I don’t think that’s a factor in how we show up each night.”
Cal coach Joanne Boyle
On two week stretch of road games
“We are starting to play better on the road. We have been trying to prepare for a long two-week stretch. It’s a little harder because they are both Thursday games. It’s a quick turnaround.
“It always helps to win on the road and get the team back home rather than taking a hit on the road. We put a good weekend together. They’ve grown up a lot in the past couple of weeks. For them, taking ownership is huge for them.”