Arizona-Washington Notes & Quotes

Arizona 89, Washington 64
January 13, 2001
Bank of America Arena, Seattle, Wash.


* Arizona's Loren Woods finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots for his second career triple double, his first this season. That was the 13th triple-double in Pac-10 history and the fifth by an Arizona player.

* Woods' 10 blocked shots were the most ever by a Washington opponent. The previous single-game opponent record was seven blocks held by five individuals, most recently UCLA's Jelani McCoy on March 7, 1996.

* Washington's Will Perkins scored a career-high 21 points and matched his career-best 13-rebound performance. He registered his seventh double-double of the season. No Husky player had a double-double during the entire 1999-2000 season.



General Remarks:
'I think our kids really battled tonight, obviously their strengths wore us down and we weren't able to contain them enough. You get ready for this team by doing preparing to contain their strengths. Transition baskets are where they got the lead. Dribble penetration really strung our defense out and then obviously offensive rebounding was another key. When you don't do a good job and get defensive production for 40 minutes then it is tough to beat them. They are that good to take you out of what you are trying to do both offensively and defensively. When they get a big lead it is tough to come back. The key juncture when we got it down to 13 points, but came up short on the offensive production really hurt us down the stretch.'

On the Huskies' 29-percent shooting:
'We got a lot of good shots. In the first half we got the lead down to single digits because we were getting good motion going to the basket. We ran it so that we were getting people to move defensively, so Loren Woods wasn't always right back at the basket. For the most part, I thought we got pretty good shots, we didn't get a lot of stuff inside that wasn't contested. Stanford has got the size, but who else isn't going to be contested by Arizona inside?'

On Arizona's Loren Woods:
'What we wanted to do with him was when they went high-low, we wanted to help up and make him be a jump-shooter. We didn't want to give him shots, but we would rather give him those shots than defend him down on the block. We wanted to front as much as we could. We tried breaking contact getting around him, but he is too long. The other successful part of a good inside game is not only that person, but also the perimeter players.'


General Remarks:
'I'm amazed, because our rebound totals were down, especially in the second half. Rebounds could have cost us. I'm very happy we won. We didn't want to be 2-2 right now. We have struggled up here periodically. We got penetrated on and got hurt on the boards. I'm happy we won, but I told the kids, 'we can't afford to waste 40 minutes.' I thought tonight that there was a little bit of slippage from the other night. We've got a big weekend next weekend, though, and I'm very pleased that we're 3-1.''

On the Wildcats' offense:
'Obviously, Loren had his triple-double, and Michael Wright was superb. We did some good things, probably a bit better in the first half than in the second.'

On finding things to work on:
'As for the boards, we spoke on that at halftime, figuring out who was going to get to the basketball. That just shouldn't happen. The other night, these guys got killed on the glass, but they won the ballgame. That concerns me.'

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