Jan. 14, 2010
Washington vs. Stanford
January 14, 2010
Washington Huskies Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
"I was just very hopeful that we could come out tonight and play with energy. That is what we talked about and our guys did a good job of doing that. As a result of having a mindset to play with energy I think when you do that, your mind is just... I think it helped us out offensively as well" Justin Holiday was the catalyst to this win. He was inserted in to the starting line-up because of the things he does best are the things we were lacking."
On giving something up by starting Justin Holiday:
"No, not in this time in this game. Maybe in another situation something else was needed. Maybe you start someone that is really good at doing something else, but in this particular game more than anything we needed energy and focus. Every game we had this year, we grade every game, every performance and he probably has the highest grade of anyone. We felt like he would be a guy that would help us tonight."
On the teams play as of late:
"We were playing flat... Oregon State, Arizona State have a way of luring teams to sleep where you kind of play like that a little bit. The Arizona and Arizona State game, we allowed wide open three's to guys that should not have gotten wide open three's. I just know Justin Holiday is not going to allow that to happen, just not going to allow that to happen. His intelligence that he brings on the defensive end and the offensive end, without scoring a lot he has a way of making things function. He would come out and put a lot of pressure on you. He is really one heck of a player."
Washington Forward Justin Holiday
On getting the chance to start:
"It was obviously a dream come true. I've been here three years, this is my third year now, and I was real excited to step up and have this opportunity to help my team out. I just wanted to do the best I could to help my team."
Washington Guard Isaiah Thomas
On Holiday's contribution:
"He brought the energy from the jump; got us going and we took it from there. It was great having him in the lineup. He's always the guy off the bench, he and Venoy, that's bringing energy on the defensive end. And to have that while he's starting, it's great."
On the smaller lineup:
"I like it because we can run more. We can get out and run. We don't have to slow it down. Nothing against our bigs, but I don't like slowing down."
On practice this week:
"We just brought more energy. We've got the talent to do whatever we want and when we bring energy and play hard and unselfish, we're hard to beat. whether we are making shots or not. We just have to bring it every night and every day in practice and get better. We started on Tuesday with that mindset that we're just going to bring it and have that killer mentality that nobody is going to come in here especially and beat us."
Stanford Coach Johnny Dawkins
On the disappointing loss after a two wins last week "It was disappointing. I thought they imposed their will; I thought they came in and they played well, they were a hungry basketball team, and you have to give them credit. We tried to do several things, tried to slow them down, and we weren't able to do it tonight."
On if their struggles were a tribute to the UW defense or lack of Stanford offense
"I think it was a combination. Give them credit, they played really well defensively. I thought our execution wasn't where I would like to see it, under the circumstances. But, you know, it's something we have to learn from."
On the Landry Fields-Quincy Pondexter matchup
"I thought Pondexter had a terrific game. He's a great player, he's one of the best players in the nation, one of the best players we've faced all year--and now I see why. I thought Landry had a solid night on the road for us, as well."