Washington 89, Cal State Northridge 80
December 28, 2002
Bank of America Arena / Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"We were disappointed with how we finished the game. We felt like we lost a little bit of focus there at the end. For a team, however, that's growing and making progress, this was a situation that we may not have handled well going down the stretch. In the absence of a couple of our players, I thought our guys stepped up and played extremely well. They (Cal State Northridge) shot very well in the first half, and I thought we did a better job in the second half by forcing 21 turnovers, getting 20 assists, and winning the rebounding war. This is definitely one to hang our hat on."
On Will Conroy
"He played a phenomenal game. We talked before the game about people stepping up, and he did. He did a tremendous job guarding Curtis Slaughter, one of their best players, who went 0-for-4 from the field."
On Doug Wrenn
"Doug Wrenn did a great job of stepping up offensively. A lot has been made of, 'What's wrong with Doug's scoring?' Doug Wrenn has done a fantastic job of doing other things to help this team win. He's in the top two of a lot of statistical categories for us. He is turning into a complete player, and the Huskies will be a better basketball team as a result."
On defensive intensity
"We did a pretty good job of preparing for them. They scored a lot of transition baskets early. In the second half, though, we did a better job of getting back on defense with vigor and intensity, and it made a big difference. Our defense gave us opportunities to score on the other end."
On playing three guards
"Our guards really did a nice job of handling their defensive pressure, making good passes. Anyone who has watched our games knows that we're not afraid to go small against other teams. It helps us a lot of the time because of our quickness."
"There's definitely been a lot of progress. You can't get 20 assists if you're not sharing the ball. We're really sharing the ball well, and playing good team defense. We're playing unselfish basketball; you've got to be unselfish to do those things. We're not where we want to be just yet, but we're a much better team than we were four weeks ago."
CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE COACH BOBBY BRASWELL
"I thought that tonight showed us how much harder we needed to work. I'm glad that our team got a chance to play a Pac-10 school and I think that it will help us in the future, especially starting our conference next week. I thought that we did a good job making them turn the ball over, but we need to handle the ball better than we did tonight. I thought that they played well and converted the shots that they needed to convert and really just played better than we did tonight. They looked a whole lot different than they did at the beginning of the year and that is attributed to great coaching."
On Will Conroy
"I thought Conroy played a great game. He handled the ball well and made some big shots for them down the stretch. He was really the deciding factor in tonight's game and played a great all around game."
On Doug Wrenn
"Wrenn did a nice job also and made some big shots. We expected Wrenn and Conroy to be their key players and they showed why in tonight's game."