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Archives: Feb. 2015

Feb.
28th

No Williams-Goss, no Kemp, and too many mistakes for Huskies in ugly 70-55 loss at USC

LOS ANGELES – With senior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. already ruled out of Saturday night’s game at USC due to a concussion, the already-struggling Washington Huskies knew their matchup with the Pac-12’s last-place team would not be easy.

It got even more difficult when they learned that star point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, the team’s leading scorer, would also have to sit out with a sprained ankle.

That’s how it’s been for the Huskies this season with injuries and defections – if they don’t have bad luck, they don’t have any at all.

So it was a particularly damaging development that Kemp and Williams-Goss had to sit and watch, dressed in sweatsuits, as the Huskies languished yet again in this ugly 70-55 loss at the Galen Center to a weak, shorthanded USC team that had won only twice since Dec. 30.

But UW coach Lorenzo Romar was not interested in excuses afterward. Not after the sloppy, uninspired performance his team put forth during the two hours prior.

“Tonight, the way this outcome was, had nothing to do with Nigel Williams-Goss or Shawn Kemp being out,” Romar said. “Not the way we played. There were mistakes that we made out there tonight that we should know how to execute in our sleep, with the season almost being over. And we didn’t do it at all. Obviously maybe the guys that didn’t play could come in and put a Band-Aid over some of the things we were doing wrong, and compensate for our mistakes, but that was all on us.” Read more »

Feb.
28th

Quoting Lorenzo Romar after Huskies’ 70-55 loss at USC

(How difficult was it to play without Nigel Williams-Goss) “You know what? In some other games … tonight, the way this outcome was had nothing to do with Nigel Williams-Goss or Shawn Kemp being out. Not the way we played. There were mistakes that we made out there tonight that we should know how to execute in our sleep, with the season almost being over. And we didn’t do it at all. Obviously maybe the guys that didn’t play could come in and put a band-aid over some of the things we were doing wrong, and compensate for our mistakes, but that was all on us.” Read more »

Feb.
28th

Nigel Williams-Goss out against USC with sprained ankle

The injury news keeps coming for the Washington Huskies men’s basketball team.

Not only will they be without senior forward Shawn Kemp Jr., who is still recovering from a concussion. But a UW spokesperson said minutes ago that star point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, the team’s leading scorer at 15.4 points per game, will also miss tonight’s game at USC with a sprained left ankle. Read more »

Feb.
28th

Morning links: Huskies still without Shawn Kemp Jr. as they visit USC

FROM LOS ANGELES — The Huskies play at USC tonight at 7:30, their final regular-season road game of the season before returning home next week for games against Colorado and Utah. Here are some links to get your Saturday started.

— Here’s our preview of today’s game, focusing on the news that senior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. is expected to miss another game as he recovers from a concussion. Read more »

Feb.
27th

Quoting Lorenzo Romar before Huskies play at USC

FROM LOS ANGELES — Here’s everything Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar told reporters before his team practiced this afternoon at the Galen Center.

(How is Shawn Kemp Jr. doing?) “He’s doing better, but it doesn’t look like today he’s going to be able to go tomorrow. Something could change within 24 hours but it doesn’t appear that way right now.”

(How frustrating is that?) “It’s frustrating. It’s more frustrating probably against UCLA because that’s another one that you just didn’t see coming. You knew Jernard (Jarreau) was back, (thinking) ‘now we’re coming off a win, we can build on this.’ So that was frustrating. At this point, we’ve just got to go. We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve just got to go. We’ve got to go work and continue to try to control things we can control.” Read more »

Feb.
27th

Shawn Kemp Jr. likely out for Huskies’ game at USC while recovering from concussion

FROM LOS ANGELES — It appears as if senior forward Shawn Kemp Jr. won’t recover from his concussion in time to play in the Huskies’ game Saturday night at USC.

Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said before UW’s practice at the Galen Center this afternoon that Kemp hasn’t been cleared to play and likely won’t before tomorrow’s 7:30 p.m. tipoff. Kemp suffered the concussion in the second half of last week’s victory over Washington State, and also sat out Wednesday’s loss to UCLA.

Each student-athlete undergoes a concussion baseline test prior to the season, in order to establish a “baseline” of how they function when healthy. If a player is concussed, he or she must then pass that baseline test — in other words, their symptoms must decrease to what is on record as “normal” for them — before returning to practice or competition.

Romar said Kemp has improved, but he still isn’t practicing, either. So UW will again start four guards on Saturday, with freshman guard Donaven Dorsey taking Kemp’s place in the starting lineup. Read more »