4:00 PM ET, November 14, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. -- A disgusted Joanne Boyle held a serious postgame chat with her California players and told them they have to be much better than this.And that came after the ninth-ranked Golden Bears' 63-39 victory over Albany."I think we're very lucky to come away with a win. I'm really disappointed with the way we started the season," Boyle said. "I don't care what the score is. I know my team best. It was unacceptable. I think there's a lack of focus. I think there's a lack of discipline. I think there's a lack of accountability. I think our chemistry is nowhere to be found and people are on their own page right now. We have to get on the same page if we're going to do anything this year."This team needs to attack, not be tentative. Why do we look scared?"Ashley Walker had 23 points, eight rebounds and four steals as Cal extended its nonconference home winning streak to 30 games in the season opener for both schools.Walker scored eight of Cal's first 10 points and carried the load all day. She already had a steal, rebound and an assist five minutes into the game for the short-handed Golden Bears, picked to finish second in the Pac-10 behind rival and second-ranked Stanford. She shot 9-for-15 before sitting down for good with 6:44 remaining.Clearly Boyle is not only concerned about her team's lack of depth but also its chemistry -- she had just nine players suited up for this one, and only Walker scored in double digits. Cal also shot 3-for-11 from 3-point range and committed 20 turnovers.The Bears are still without starting posts Devanei Hampton, the 2007 Pac-10 player of the year, and 6-foot-5 Rama N'diaye. Hampton underwent surgery at the start of last season and then another procedure this past offseason to clean out her right knee. She isn't likely to play Sunday against Nevada, but could return in time for a showdown with fifth-ranked Rutgers next Friday."We've talked all year long about going in and playing Cal basketball. Until they really understand what that means, we're going to have games like this," said Boyle, beginning her fourth season in Berkeley. "If we say these things, talk about our mission statement in the locker room and play like this, we have to re-evaluate who we are. I did not see one good thing that we did in this game. I cannot tell you one good thing about my team. ..."I don't usually come in here and be so hard when we have a 25-point win. That is not who we are. They have to decide what they want for their season. We have to regroup. Part of it is just mentally."N'diaye will be out until at least later this month as she recovers from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. N'diaye was hurt in the team's first-round NCAA victory over San Diego last spring.The Bears focused on their conditioning this offseason and were able to push the tempo on the way to a 22-4 lead.Lauren Greif added nine points, eight rebounds and three assists and Alexis Gray-Lawson dished out five assists for Cal. Gray-Lawson gave her team a scare when she grabbed her back in pain with 6:53 to go in the first half and left the game for a short time before returning.Cal won its sixth straight season opener with a veteran lineup that lost only one player to graduation."We just need to focus. Without Dev and Rama, we essentially have to be perfect and pay attention to detail," Walker said. "It just needs to kind of click."