Nov. 29, 2006
Idaho vs. Washington
November 29, 2006
Washington Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
General Comments: "I thought that we made progress tonight. I am very pleased that we only had 12 turnovers. I thought we did a great job of attacking the glass, we had a 24 rebound differential. You could say that Idaho was a small team, but we have played other small teams and haven't had this big of an advantage. John (Brockman), Quincy (Pondexter) and Spencer (Hawes) just really hit the boards hard for us tonight. All three were almost in double digits and John was. I thought that in the first half we had some questionable shot selections and that we took too many quick shots that were contested. We settled down after that and began to move the ball more."
On improving: "You are out there playing every game and you learn what your strengths and weaknesses are. Each time you go out and challenge yourself and figure out what areas you need to get better in. These games allow you to do that. You assess each game where you're at and you try to improve."
On Idaho slowing the game down: "I think that it was clear that Idaho wasn't going to just come down the floor and cast the ball up. They were pretty deliberate tonight and they tried to slow the game down. When that happens maybe you aren't going to get a whole lot of highlights. I was still surprised that we were able to score 87 points in the game."
On Quincy Pondexter: "We envisioned Quincy being a sky is the limit guy. We didn't know how soon he would reach his potential, but we knew that he could really develop into a really good basketball player. We didn't know how long it would take, but we are definitely pleased with how he is coming along. We have watched Quincy play so many times that we have seen him do all of these things. I don't think that we have really seen his athleticism yet. We have seen him get in there and make baskets and somehow get rebounds, but I think there is still some exciting plays to come from him."
On inside game: "I thought in the second half we did a real nice job. We were packing it in and we were getting doubled in front and behind on Spencer, but I thought we did well inside in the second half."
On defensive play: "There have been some other games right off the bat where we gave up defensively a lot, but tonight I think we played very well. It was not a concern tonight."
Idaho Head Coach George Pfeifer
"Part of the athleticism is that size. We were not able to match that size. We told our kids at half time that this was the 13th ranked team in the country. We talked about several things that we needed to do to be successful, and one of them was to take care of the ball--we had 11 turnovers at half-time. Another was to battle for the board--inside the first four minutes of the game they had 5 offensive rebounds. The third one was to get back into transition. I thought that until that last 4-5 minutes we had did a fairly decent job with getting back into defensive transition. And we had that little lapse. In this arena, and against this level of basketball team, we cannot have that. I could be wrong, but I felt that if we could have done two of those things--take care of the basketball and or rebound, one of those two things, we could have easily been ahead at half time, versus down."
On the Huskies fast start in the second half:
"They came out, and they get the first two baskets in the beginning of the second half, and then Pondexter goes off with 10 points in four minutes, which is no surprise to us. I don't care what you say, you cannot let someone have 20 offensive boards."
On Washington's rebounding:
"They missed some shots, and I am sure they can come back and attest to that. They shoot 38.7%, with 20-something offensive boards. What would their field goal percentage be if we would have had more of a presence rebounding the basketball? All the credit to them--they pounded the boards."
On Idaho's performance:
"We had more looks tonight, and our guys are good at that. We got some backdoor opportunities--some were blocked, and some we converted. We were not tight enough in what we did. And they are really dangerous to play because of the different times, and parts of the game somebody can be good for that. Their little bond-fire turns into a forest fire--just like Pondexter did."