Jan. 28, 2006
HEAD COACH June Daugherty
On the last two minutes of the game
I just felt like our execution wasn't there, but the miscues were obviously very costly, I thought the game was really up for grabs with a minute to go, and we were getting some good stops on the other end, but coming down and throwing the ball away, and some of the shot selection that we took just is not going to get it done.
On UW shooting execution vs ASU's defense
I thought it was a little bit of both. Obviously they lead the Pac-10 defensively for a reason. They keep great pressure on the basketball, and they rotate a lot of players and try to keep fresh players out there. At the same time, it is not something we have not seen before. To me, it was more our lack of execution than what ASU was doing.
On defensive execution:
Second half it seemed like we settled in, and for the most part, we were covering our matchups. Some people got loose on some screens, (Amy) Denson in particular, she had a great second half, opens looks, but first half, I thought we had an opportunity to get better stops, and put them in a tougher situation, but I don't think that was where we need to be.
On this game being a possible step back:
I think it depends on how we respond. If we are going to learn from it and be disappointed in our lack of execution on both ends of the floor, and get in the gym the next practice and get after it, it will not be a step back, but if we expect it, and just move on, then it will be.
On this game being one that got away:
I can't say it enough. I think the race for the Pac-10 will come down to the last week. We have to control what we can control, and we didn't do that, so it is a tough one, no doubt. It is how we move forward that is most important, I think we still have seven more opportunities in the regular season, and we need to learn from this, and turn it back around.
Guard Cameo Hicks
On ASU's physical play:
They are definitely physical, we can always expect ASU to be very physical, and it is just how we respond to that. We have to match the physicality of the game, and I think that sometimes we did, and sometimes we didn't, which I think is something we need to work on, getting up and getting physical for every game.
Forward Breanne Watson
On the end of the game:
Well, we climbed right back into the game, I think we were down three, and we were real excited, we thought we could come back, but unfortunately we did not execute on offense down the stretch, and they got a bunch of offensive rebounds off their shots, and I think that was what helped them to win.
On ASU's Defense:
They were playing really good defense. They are a pressure-oriented team, they get right up in your face, and we had not seen that in the past couple of weeks, but I think we were ready for it, but I just think it came down to us. They did a great job on offense, but unfortunately us ourselves did not execute.
Effect of Game on Team:
It always sucks to lose, and we were really excited about this game, especially with what happened last night (Stanford's loss to UCLA, and USC's loss to Cal.). I think we are just going to need to regroup and get back in the gym and get ready for WSU. That is all we can really do. We cannot dwell on it, because it will only affect us.