Washington 76, California 58
March 4, 2004
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON FORWARD Mike Jensen:
On his shooting:
"My teammates just tell me to keep shooting because I'm a great shooter. I've been in a slump lately but they continue to have confidence in me. If you keep shooting eventually you will bounce back.
On stopping Cal's Leon Powe:
"You can't really stop a guy like that because he is so strong down low. We just tried to limit his touches and when he did get the ball on the block we tried to make it difficult for him to score.
On what Coach Romar told him with seven minutes remaining:
"He told me that I did a great job on Powe and that I had a great effort. It was always makes you feel good when you hear that from the head guy."
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"We began to make shots. We had a lot of good looks in the first half. Cal plays good defense though. In the second half we started to get the loose balls and we got our hands on more of their shots. We were able to make it a transition game. Mike Jensen and Bobby Jones guarded Cal's big guns tonight and did a phenomenal job. I thought tonight was one of our better efforts defensively."
On how a blowout feels:
"For so many games we have had to come from behind. We haven't played with leads that often but the past two games we have and we did a very good job keeping those leads. I think that is a sign of our team growing up."
On the difficulty of not looking ahead to Stanford:
"It was not difficult. Our guys have heard our speeches so many times. It was more important what we needed to do tonight. This game was for second place in the conference."
On the NCAA Tournament:
"I think if we win Saturday then we will have done everything that the tournament committee looks for in a team, except have that high RPI rating. We have done well on the road and now we have won 11 of our last 13 games. How you finish is important. As far as we are concerned our approach is just to keep winning. That's all we can do."
CALIFORNIA HEAD COACH BEN BRAUN
"It was disappointing that we could hold Washington to 26 percent shooting and not take advantage of that. It was really disappointing. I thought we got some stops early, we rebounded the ball early and we were making it really tough on them early and then we didn't get back a few times in transition and when we did have some transition opportunities we failed. We missed layups, we stepped on the out of bounds line three times. I've never seen that."
On Washington's Improvement:
"I think they've improved significantly. Although you couldn't tell it tonight, I think we've improved significantly. But Washington's playing well. I don't want to take anything away from them. Even though we held their percentages down they still made other plays. They found ways to score and get to the line.