Washington 68, Central Washington 60
November 12, 2002
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH LORENZO ROMAR
"We played against a very feisty, hard nosed Central Washington team. Their guys really got after it. Give them credit for how hard they played. They fought really, really hard and had a chance to win the ballgame down the stretch.
"If you look at our numbers, the first thing that jumps out at me is 27 turnovers. That's something that we have got to get better at and something that we will work hard to get better at. The other thing is 21 of 34 from the foul line. The good news is that we got to the foul line 34 times. If you get to the foul line like that, you're going to win your share of ballgames.
"I liked our defensive effort in the first half we could bottle that and take it with us the rest of the year; we'd be okay. In the second half we gave up too much dribble penetration. They did a good job of getting under us and getting us spread. The first half I thought we did a good job rotating towards the ball and kept them in front of us. All in all, for a first game, it has its strong and weak points."
On the Second Half:
"Offensively, they made a great adjustment, they spread us out more, allowed more dribble penetration. I thought the last four minutes of the first half, we played like we did the second half. We turned the ball over in those last four minutes too many times. We had 16 turnovers in the first half. I was pleased down the stretch because I didn't see a lot of finger pointing or bickering, I saw guys still trying to stay together and pull out a victory. Doug Wrenn made a big defensive play as well as Bobby Jones, guys got big rebounds, I thought that was a positive for us. Our guys came together at the end."
On the Starting Lineup:
"I don't know when we'll settle upon a starting lineup, one day we will. Next game it probably will be different. First half, Marlon Shelton had a really outstanding rebounding game; he did a really nice job on the boards. Bobby Jones helped us tonight. He made a couple of turnovers, whether you want to call them rookie mistakes or not. I like to refer to Bobby Jones as the kind of player who makes everybody better when he's in the game. He's not flashy, but somehow he makes big plays for us, offensively and defensively."
On Doug Wrenn:
"Doug was 2 for 12 and last year he was our leading scorer, but we still won the game. I see that as a positive no matter whom you play if you can win with your best scorer having a bad night. He'll bounce back, He'll be fine."
CENTRAL WASHINGTON HEAD COACH GREG SPARLING
"I liked the second half. I thought the second half we really came to play. First half we played a little hesitant. They were the aggressors in the first half, and we were the aggressors in the second half. I'm really proud of my guys I think that we could have folded in the tent, but we pulled it through and played through it."
"They're going to be alright. All these guys are trying to fit into a new system and it's going to take time and they just need to be patient. I thought that Will Conroy had a nice night, by taking care of the basketball and so did Jeffery Day he had seven rebounds and did a nice job on the boards."