Dec. 6, 2009
Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar
"I'm probably stating the obvious, but tonight we didn't do a good job of taking care of the basketball and finishing. I think if we take care of the basketball, with the exception of Texas Tech, like we have been doing other games, finish the point-blank shot, we'd be feeling a lot better about this win. We rebounded the ball really well. We got to the foul line really well. We just didn't do a couple of those other things. It was great to see Quincy, now this is the second game in a row where you see a senior, things aren't going really well, he just stepped up and made plays that allowed us to distance ourselves from Northridge. Now this game here is done and I think right now we are getting into the pre-Pac-10 portion of our schedule. We've got some top-25 opponents, some opponents that are really going to come out and really test us. We've got a week to get ready for that."
Team's response from Thursday:
"I'm not going to make an excuse for anything. If there will be anything in defense of our guys, rotating so many people may have gotten us out of rhythm and we didn't regain our rhythm until midway through the second half."
On the team's progress:
"I think we're at a point where we are this close to being a really good basketball team. But that margin that I'm showing you here, if we don't get that soon, we'll just be an okay team. But I think we're this close. What makes you this close and not a wide margin is that our mistakes are mistakes that can corrected."
Washington Guard Quincy Pondexter
On what was happening before the big run in the second half:
"I'll take the fault for that one too. I wasn't making shots. The other team was guarding us, guarding me and I didn't knock down my shots. We had some turnovers that led to their baskets and they got on a little bit of a run. That's basketball. Basketball is a game of runs. You've got to live with it. I think we bounced back after they went on their little spurt and we finished them off."
On his big 3-pt shot before the run:
"I just play basketball. It's hard for me to judge how big a shot is and all that stuff. I just go out and play basketball. I try to do everything. I don't necessarily look at a shot I made or anything like that. But it was a shot out team needed and thank God it went in."
The response from Thursday night loss to Texas Tech:
"I think our team was just hurt. We were really emotionally hurt. We all went into ourselves and looked into our own hearts and realized that we have to get a lot better. There were so many mistakes that we all took upon ourselves that could have changed the game's outcome. With that, we really want to get better. There wasn't much time from that game to this game. I think this next coming week we have to be really active and ready to get after it in practice."
On Abdul Gaddy:
"You saw a glimpse of his potential. He is going to be a terrific player, just in a matter of time. People might say whatever they want to about him but at the end of the day, when his career is over, he's going to be a tremendous player. He's going to be a professional basketball player after this level. He played great tonight. He got in the lane. He can go wherever he wants with the ball. He's just a terrific player and he's real young. The sky's the limit for that kid."
Cal State Northridge Coach Bobby Braswell
"The two things that we said were important was us rebounding, which we obviously didn't do tonight, they beat us by 20 on the boards and had 24 offensive rebounds. We knew if they did that and had that kind of advantage we had no way of winning the basketball game. We got beat real bad on the boards, obviously. The second thing was I didn't think we competed very well. I think we have a bunch of guys that are still living off of last game that didn't really come here and compete tonight, so it was a disappointing lack of competitive spirit that we had tonight."
On the turning point
"Well, I think at one point we cut it to [48-47], then they took a timeout and went on a [20-5 run] and that was the basketball game. We competed and got ourselves back in the game, then they just had a run and we didn't respond to the run. We just struggled tonight, and didn't play good basketball, but you have to give them credit for that. That's just what they do defensively to you."
On the fouls
"They just got the ball in the paint--they had 46 points in the paint, plus you add 31 points at the free throw line, that's your ballgame."