Washington Post-Game Quotes: vs. Central Washington
Nov. 4, 2009
Washington Coach Lorenzo Romar:
'I was, I wouldn't shocked, but pleasantly surprised at the energy that we came out with tonight given the fact that I think it's been nine consecutive days that we've practiced and you're supposed to take one day off a week and we did that last week. But, because we played midweek and we were behind from the week with the flu, we wanted to keep going to try to shore some things up...for us to come out and play with the intensity that we did in spite of that, I was pleased with the effort. Obviously, I think most glaring, you could say free throws, and we didn't shoot free throws well and didn't shoot the ball particularly well. But, again, nine days I don't know if our legs are there or not.'
On the amount of fouls:
'We foul too much. We've got to be able to defend without fouling as much. That will come. I think that we've been teaching such an aggressive style of defense that we get over zealous at times. Our technique has to be better. We can't push up into a guy when they're about to drive. We'll continue to work on that.'
On Overton running the offense:
'I thought [Venoy] did a good job.'
On what they will take from the exhibition:
'You get an assessment of where you are and you go from there. We've got nine days of practice before we play again, about six practices. We go back and we break down where we think we're the weakest at and hopefully you come back in nine days and you've improved quite a bit in those areas. And, you look at the areas you're strong in and you continue to build on those.'
Washington Forward Quincy Pondexter:
On what he expected from tonight:
'We just wanted to come out and get better as a team. We looked at it as a chance to come out and get a real game-simulated practice. That's pretty much what it is. We're trying to get better this time of year. We wanted to execute on the defensive end. That was our main goal and focus and I think it turned out pretty well.'
On what they need to work on:
'This time of year, we have to get used to playing together as team. Finding guys when their open, not having it be such a nasty game. When we get more fluent, practicing a little more often and playing in these types of games like our games coming up next week I think we'll be doing well.'
On the incoming freshman:
'We all see what they bring to the table. Abdul is a tremendous passer. He plays the game well beyond his years of age. Clarence is a freak athlete. Over time they're going to get better and better. C.J. is finding his way and in a matter of time he'll be knocking down his three's. He's one of the best shooters I've ever seen or played with because every time he shoots, you think it's going in no matter where it's from.'
On Tyrese Breshers:
'Tyrese is just a load. He's similar to Jon Brockman and I think he's got a bright future.'
Washington Guard Isaiah Thomas:
On the team's defensive effort:
'I think we did good. We've just got to calm down on the fouls like Coach said. He said that we played with effort and played hard, but the fouling has got to come down because good teams, the score will be a different situation with how many fouls we gave them and how many free throws they had on us. We'll work on it. We have six, seven days to work on it before the season opener. '
On the team's issues at the free throw line:
'I don't know. It might be those first game jitters. I missed my first three. I didn't know what was wrong with me.'