Washington-Colorado State Postgame Quotes
Washington Head Coach June Daugherty
General Remarks: 'I thought we did a pretty solid job against the press being that Colorado State is such a tough team. With their zone and their man defense it is very tough to read what they are going to do and I thought our guards did a very good job of handling the ball against their pressure. This is something we have worked on all year and they are the second best press we have played, aside from Connecticut. I felt we really improved in that area. We came out a little flat in the first half and fought hard to get back in the game. We had a tremendous second half but came up a little short. I give credit to Colorado State, they are a good ball team.'
On Megan's last shot: 'I thought Megan did a great job of getting penetration. She had the option to pull up and shoot or kick it out. She read the defense well, the girl was playing back a little and didn't quite commit to Megan, so it would have been a tough pass to make. Megan did a great job and she can and will take that shot 100 more times, no doubt about it.'
On rebounding: 'We came up plus-10 in that category and I thought we went up very strong on the glass. What I like is the fact that we are getting the rebounds and continuing to stay tenacious on the glass and taking two, three, four shots. This is a real positive from the game.'
Washington senior guard Megan Franza
On the last shot: 'I should've made it. It was like a `happy birthday' shot.'
On the first half: 'It is hard to say. In the past three games we have started out with a basket and tonight just started off different. It is important for us to realize that the ball isn't always going to go down and we have to be ready for that. We were also struggling in the first half by not passing the ball down the court and keeping the tempo to how we wanted it, so we tried to concentrate on that in the second half.'
Colorado State Head Coach Tom Collen
General Remarks: 'This was a great win for us. We set a goal in our program that we wanted to learn to be a better basketball team on the road. We've had great success the past three years, but we've never won a conference tournament. We've lost some games on the road that we've felt have cost our regular season. For us, it's all about learning to be a better road team so when we get back into conference play we can make a better run at the regular season and conference championship play. Our kids have really taken that goal very seriously. We beat a really good Nevada team at Nevada and a really good Colorado team in Colorado. We've got a three-game road swing going on right now. This was the first one and we really thought that this was going to be the hardest one because Washington is playing really well. But to come in here and come back from a nine-point deficit is really just a big win for us.'
On this year's Husky team: 'They are drastically different. Kellie O'Neill was hurt. They didn't have Andrea Lalum and Giuliana Mendiola. I think we took them by surprise. We were much more athletic last year. We lost our two defenders. We really did a number on them down there with our press. I'm sure they were ready for that and were prepared for that, but we were too. They played a good out-of-conference schedule. They've got good talent and their chemistry is coming together for them. They have some players out there that they haven't played with in the past. My assistant, after watching several game tapes on them, felt that they could be the best team in the Pac-10. If they can stay confident and learn how to play together, I think they could make a serious run at the conference championship and make a run at the NCAA tournament.'