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 »