Athletes in Action 76, Washington 59 (exhibition)
November 18, 2002
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"There was a contrast in exhibition games and teams. Central Washington was feisty and high-pressure. Tonight, the team was more talented, had a more laid-back defense, but because of their experience, they played at heir own pace. They didn't panic. They are a good basketball team. They lost to Alabama by one point and they are a team that has traveled a lot. Once they got going, they shot the ball well. We didn't do a good job in our defensive transition."
Did your team panic tonight?
"We didn't panic. Growing pains come with a young team. We had good looks early. But if we don't make the easy shots, we don't' have the energy when we don't make shots. I've always said about this team that we are as good as our defense. When we have a good defense and high energy, we do a good job."
On the tempo of the game:
"We don't have the depth to be consistent. If we're not going to have the energy at half-court we are not going to be able to trap. We need to be more high energy. That is what we have to do. We have to grow up."
Is there enough time before the regular season starts to fix what needs to be fixed?
"I would like to think so. Despite how we played tonight, we made good progress in practice this week. We didn't play at the level we practiced all week. We hate to lose. No loss is ever good. But it is good that it was an exhibition game and hopefully we will learn from tonight."
WASHINGTON GUARD CURTIS ALLEN
On the momentum of the second half:
"They're a better team. Mentally, they are way past us and they showed it. We had brain lapses at times and they capitalized on it. Coach prepared us well this week, but mentally we were not there. We just have to go over the tape and get better. We've said that we wanted to be a good team."
On the youth of the team:
"These games are good for us. It is good to get our feet wet. We are still a young team and hopefully this will prepare us for the season."
ATHLETES IN ACTION HEAD COACH JOHN FARWELL
"I think it was one of those nights where they couldn't buy a bucket, everything they threw up didn't go in, and we'll take that because we've had a rough tour. We've lost about seven or eight games by five points or less. We'll take the win, but I just think it's one of those situations where they didn't shoot the ball very well tonight and we played well offensively. The ball bounced our way."
On playing Washington:
"It's actually kind of hard, because Lorenzo and I are friends, but no one knows what the team is going to do, and respond to him, and I know we'll respond greatly to him, but you really can't scout for them or prepare for them. It's always a little bit of some trepidation coming in, because it's something you have no clue on what they're going to do."
Are there any players that stood out to you for Washington?
"Their experienced guys Wrenn and Allen are solid guys. They handle the pressure well and they are go-to-guys. They've got a lot of young talent and they'll continue to get better and better."
Is there anyone on UW you had trouble guarding?
"We kind of played a slumpy man to man, so there wasn't any particular guy, because we're designed to help. But obviously you can see that Wrenn has great talent, and we made it hard on him because we threw 3 guys at him every time he touched the ball. So in one sense yes, it's obviously him, but in another sense defensively we had a game plan geared to get the ball out of his hands."