Washington 89, EA Sports All-Stars 78 (exhibition)
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 8, 2003
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"As coaches we see all the mistakes that our team makes. We want to play mistake-free basketball. I thought there were more positives than negatives today. The team we played against was a real good team for us. They had multiple scorers and shooters. They were quick and aggressive. That's the kind of team we need to play against to get prepared. A statistic we will look at all year is the rebounding. Today we out-rebounded them, 49-42.
"We are trying to press a lot. It got to a point where they began to play well against our press. We took the press off and went to our half-court defense and that helped us down the stretch. We became stagnant when they came back. That's a thing we have to work on in terms of our maturity. When things don't go our way, when we are playing in a hostile environment on the road, we have to continue to ride the bus that brought us there. Today we became too individual when things weren't going well. One statistic that I look for, and last year it didn't happen a lot, is the amount of guys in double figures. Today we had five. That's something we'd like to have a lot. All in all, I thought we made progress."
On center Hakeem Rollins, a junior transfer:
"Hakeem Rollins did a great job on the boards today. Hakeem has long arms but he's athletic and strong. He's extremely strong. He positions himself well. At this point he's a much better defensive rebounder than offensive rebounder."
On the up-tempo pace:
"I though we ran, I thought we got the ball up the court, but at times our decision making was poor. I am pleased to see that we had 15 turnovers considering all the running we did. Seventeen assists to 15 turnovers is good. Last year I think we had much more than 15 turnovers in the first game."
On the status of sophomore forward Bobby Jones who did not suit up:
"Bobby Jones has a strained achilles. He strained it a few days ago and we didn't know if he was going to be able to play. This being an exhibition game, we wanted to make sure he's ready to play when the games start to count. Bobby is the guy that makes our press go. We missed him out there today, as far as the press goes. He's also an excellent rebounder."
On fatigue from their style of play:
"I think being fatigued affected our shooting. The longer we play this way, the more we will become accustomed to it. We will become better and be able to shoot the ball when we are fatigued. This best way to be conditioned for this style of play is to play it."
On Mike Jensen's shooting:
"I think Mike shot around 40 percent last year. Towards the end of last year, he shot the ball real well. He's picking up where he left off. He has shot the ball real well in three weeks of practice. It certainly helps us when he can step outside and shoot."
On swingman Tre Simmons, a junior transfer:
"If you look at his mechanics you can tell he's a good shooter. I'm not too concerned about today. The more he plays, the better his shot will get. As you can see he's able to handle the ball and he can pass."
EA SPORTS HEAD COACH PETE CASSIDY
"Number one, I hope we helped Lorenzo and his team, that's the point of these exhibition games. Fortunately our guys were able to come back and not quit when we were down 20, so that was a big plus. We only practice two days, then go to war, so we don't have a lot of refined offensive stuff to run. We have to rely on guy's abilities.
"Washington played very aggressive, tenacious defense. I think that's what Lorenzo wants at this time. In half court they were very good against us. Again, they played aggressive and that's step number one. At times quite a few of their players impressed me. The big guys aren't that big, but they're very active. It was a good, competitive game and I wish them the best of luck this season."