#1 Stanford 94, Washington 63
January 25, 2001
Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.
HEAD COACH BOB BENDER
'The beginning of that game couldn't have been better for us in a lot of ways. The tempo was really something we could be positive with and benefit from. We were hitting some open baskets. We were hitting some open shots that we created with good movements and defensively and they were scoring obviously. We weren't giving up a big home run ball to speak.
'We came down and changed defenses, organizing, but we didn't get the defense we wanted--two guys on one side of the court--and that started the threes. That lead was all of the sudden double figures and on the offensive end we started to panic and we lead to our own problems.
'Not to understate the obvious. Stanford will do that to a lot of teams and is always capable of that--punishing you when you break down. In my mind, why they are undefeated is they've played some great teams in some tough places and they have gotten it done. When we were vulnerable, they pounced on us. That's what good teams do.'
On how Stanford compares to other teams:
'They're really good. They really are a good basketball team. We've watched so much tape on them and you just get a different perspective when you see them in person and I think it heightens how good they are.'
Where does Washington stand now:
'We've got a long way to go to compete with Stanford. 'Will that make us better? Will it help us against Cal?' That is what I am hoping, because Cal is playing well and they present some of the same matchup problems.'
STANFORD HEAD COACH MIKE MONTGOMERY
'Washington started off extremely well, making their first five, six or seven shots in a row, but so did we, so we were able to keep pace. Then as we started to get a little more aggressive defensively and started to get a little more feel for what they were doing, we were able to get up into them a little bit. We continued to shoot the ball well, and they started to throw it off a little bit and we were able to stretch [the lead] out. We challenged our guys to win the second half. All in all, it was a pretty good team effort. A pretty big win for us.'
On playing everybody in the first half:
'It was probably the best half of basketball, particularly on the road, that we've played. We played everybody in the first half, which I thought was important. We're trying to get our depth developed, get some kids some experience -- I know there were some raised eyebrows, but we wanted to get some guys valuable time in a conference road game. We got nine guys double-figure minutes on the road in the Pac-10, and I think that's important. That's going to help us down the line.'
On Michael McDonald:
'Mike McDonald was excellent, he could have had a double-double easily. He shot the ball well and had nine assists and just one turnover. He was disappointed he didn't get the 10th assist. He's been shooting the ball really well, and that's important.'
On the best start in school history:
'You can't really compare, because you don't know who we've played [in other years] or what the circumstances were. We're in a heck of a conference race right now. Nobody's giving much ground -- Arizona, SC, UCLA, Cal and Oregon are hanging -- so we've got to continue to try and win as many games as we can if we want to win the conference. I think we have a pretty good basketball team, and if we can stay focused and stay healthy, and continue to develop our depth, we might have a chance to make some hay.'
On Seattle-area prepsters Teyo Johnson and Curtis Borchardt:
'Curtis is probably right now playing where he was a year ago before he got hurt. The fact that he had to take seven months off was really difficult for him, and he had some difficulties both physically and mentally. He's now back where he was last year, and that's good, that's really going to help us down the road. Teyo has played a lot of post for us, and he's really kind of a perimeter guy. For a freshman, it's a tough break, in particular, with the numbers of players that we have that can play. He's playing well and getting better, and he's really starting to concentrate to try to learn.