Postgame Quotes from UW's Win vs. Stanford
March 12, 2005
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
On Playing Three Games in Three Days: 'It's a situation where we have a lot of depth and Arizona has a lot of depth as well. When you have that type of situation in the tournament, it really serves you well. We had an experience earlier this year where we had three hard-fought games in the Alaska Shootout very similar to this and we were able to sustain our endurance and come out with a victory in the last game to win the tournament. If we can repeat that type of performance, stamina-wise, I think we'll be all right.'
The Rivalry with Arizona: 'Arizona is a team that has been at the top or near the top of this conference for a long, long time. You aspire to be the best and they've been the best for a long time. I think our group is improving and we've had some really good battles the last couple of years. Hopefully we can have another good battle tomorrow. For us, a really good battle.'
Is it Appropriate UW and Arizona Meet in the Final: 'You would think that after 18 games that things would kind of settle themselves out with the number one and number two seeds. You could also make a case that the team we played tonight could easily be there. Stanford is a very good basketball team. They've done a heck of a job minus some key players all year. They could have been right there. Is this how it should be or not? I'm not sure. I'm just glad we're there.'
Why was the Game so Low Scoring: 'We shot 40 percent and they shot 42 percent. Stanford does a good job defensively and they limit your possessions because they spend a lot of time on offense running their sets. That's just the nature of the game when you play against Stanford.'
What Makes Stanford a Tough Opponent: 'They play good defense, especially good zone defense. They pack it in real good. Our shots are either going to go in or not and that can be frustrating. Tonight we were able to get some offensive rebounds and to play scrappy and to get the win.
On His 9-Point Scoring Spurt: 'During the timeouts and deadballs our coaches were emphasizing moving the ball quickly. We had the ball moving around pretty good from one side to the other and I got on the receiving end of some of those good passes and was able to connect and make some shots. Once I made my first and second, that built my confidence and I just kept letting it go up and it was going in. '
On Returning to the Championship Game: 'It's a great accomplishment. We lost last year and we don't want to repeat that. We want to learn from our mistakes. We know how hard it is going to be on the third day and returning to play here in less than 24 hours. We just need to get to bed and then to concentrate and focus on the things Arizona presents. Hopefully we'll be ready for them.'
On the Difference Between Playing for the Title in 2005 vs. Last Year: 'It's definitely a different feeling. Just the fact that we knew we could have tied Arizona for the regular season conference championship, we still don't have a banner to our name yet in the last two years, so we have a little bit of a chip on our shoulder. We want to win something before we go on to the Big Dance. Whoever wins Saturday gets the tiebreaker for the year.'
Did You Feel Pressure to Step Up with Tre Not Scoring: 'No, I didn't feel any pressure. We have a lot of dudes who can put up points on a given night. When things are not going one persons way, that's what we do, we pick each other up. We won two close ones and now we've got another tough one in less than 24 hours.'
On Getting Offensive Rebounds: 'Our coaches tell us that when we play zone we have to box out when teams put up shots because that's when your defense is the most vulnerable. You don't have that assigned man and teams are scrambling. There pros and cons of playing zone and that was one of them. Our coach got us inspired and told us to crash the boards and that's what kept us in the game and got us some easy buckets because our shots were not falling.'
The Stanford Game: 'The style of play was a little bit slow, but very aggressive and scrappy. Stanford is a scrappy team and so are we. It was a tough, grind-out type of game.'
Slowing Down Stanford's Post Players: 'That was a key. You want to try and keep the ball out of the paint. Haryasz had a really good game against us at Stanford and we wanted to try and limit them as much as we could and I think we did a better job of that tonight.'
On Playing Arizona: 'We know it is not going to be easy, it is going to be a tough game. We know we have to battle for 40 minutes. If we want to win a championship it is going to come down to who wants it more.'
On Returning to the Championship Game: 'We're a more mature team now and we know what to expect. We just have to be mentally tough and fight through it.'
On Not Being a Big Part of the Offense Early: 'Early on I was not being a big part of the offense. I was not being aggressive. I was almost pacing. I knew my legs were not all there. I told coach to use me as much as he needed in the first half and I would be a little more explosive in the second half. In the second half I was just a little bit more aggressive.'
On His Putback Basket Late in the Game: 'The play was originally called for me because I had Haryasz guarding me. Coach told me to get it down to about six seconds and then take the shot. When we checked in, Robinson switched onto me and I just tried to do what I could. When Nate took the ball down the middle, the help went over to him and I just saw a seem where I could go after the tip.'