With a night to sleep on it, that was still a pretty impressive UW win yesterday at Pullman.
As Pac-10 play begins, it appears the Huskies are a very good rebounding team and they are becoming a pretty good defensive team. When they are hitting their outside shots — as they were Saturday — they look like a team that could do some damage in the league … and beyond.
But before looking too far forward, another look back:
Here’s the game story. Here’s a secondary piece on all that was at stake, and perhaps the Huskies rubbing it in a bit. And in the blog post below, there’s a photo gallery from the game.
Finally, a few quotes that didn’t make either of my stories:
UW COACH LORENZO ROMAR
“I had thought we were a better team this year. I thought there were some things we were better at. A game like this would confirm it up to this point. Who knows what happens next game, but to come out against someone who’s had their way with us and come out on the road and win in this type of fashion, I was very impressed with our team.”
“Justin Dentmon, Vernoy Overton and Isaiah Thomas did a marvelous job of pushing the ball, but when nothing was there, brining it back out. Earlier we would try to make the home-run play, we would force the issue and we would come up with turnovers. There is a reason we only committed 11 turnovers. Those three guys had a lot to do with it. But even on some offensive rebounds, we got the rebound, but we didn’t just throw the ball back up at the rim. We threw the ball back out. I thought our guys just did a good job that way.”
WSU coach TONY BENNETT
"When those bad stretches come, it’s kind of like when it rains, it pours. A lot of things go wrong."
"We certainly worked all week on hard block-outs and gang rebounding, but it didn’t show up."
"They’re a good team. They have better guards this year with the addition of Thomas. They can attack you off the dribble."
WSU senior guard TAYLOR ROCHESTIE on whether WSU center Aron Baynes got the ball enough:
"Even if he gets 15,20, 30 touches, as a point guard, I always feel the big man doesn’t get enough touches. I think we should keep trying to go inside-out. Washington, they’re used to Baynes. They have a good game plan for him."
WSU senior CALEB FORREST
"We got a lot of decent shots and stuff that way, but when it comes down to it, we’ve been letting games slip away, and we’ve got to figure out some way to fix that."
"I feel we weren’t gang rebounding as a team, getting everyone in there as a team."
UW senior JON BROCKMAN on the Huskies’ improving ball movement:
“I think It’s been a problem and just our movement hasn’t been solid, we haven’t made the defense work as hard as they need to, and tonight we really moved that ball around, made them work side to side, making them more tired, and getting us a better shot.”
JUSTIN DENTMON on snapping the losing streak to Cougs:
“It feels real good, it feels awesome, especially here, and it’s giving us some momentum to go on to the rest of the pac-10 season when we’re on the road, that’s where we’ve struggled in the past, and just getting it done is great.”
“It’s a lot of weight lifted off of our shoulders with this one, especially doing it here. We had a really great chance to come out and show what we’re about. Washington State is a really great team, a very underrated team. I just think our team came out and played really really hard.”
On whether UW could have won by 20 on the road in the past without big numbers from Brockman:
“Not nowhere near in the past. In the past we were too immature. We weren’t smart enough, we weren’t old enough. We didn’t know what it took to win games and be smart. Him, right now, he’s the leader of his team, and he was still leading us. It’s just we all matured and did our parts.”
On eight straight wins:
“We’re finding our identity on the defensive end, which is really helping us. It’s terrific to come into games knowing that we’ve done all the work.”
ISAIAH THOMAS on his outside shooting:
“We’ve been working on it all week. We know how they play D. They help so much the outside is open. We did a good job. JD did a great job of hitting his 3-point shots.”
And on his first Pac-10 game:
“This is the 11th or 12th game of the season, so there’s no pressure to me. I just go out and do the best I can.”