Nov. 21, 2008
Washington State vs. Sacramento State - Nov. 21, 2008 - Pullman, Wash. (Friel Court)
Final Score: Washington State 76, Sacramento State 55
Washington State Cougars
WSU Head Coach Tony Bennett
Overall thoughts on the game... "They're well coached and they're a physical team. I thought their physicality and their toughness, you could see that on the glass and you could see it inside, it bothered us and we had to play against them. We didn't take anything for granted."
"We certainly have stuff to work on. I've said that after every game, but it certainly stuck out in my opinion. Fortunately we moved the ball well and got nice shots and guys shot lights out, but you can't always count on that. That's why you've always got to be rock solid and crash the glass."
On Taylor Rochestie's performance... "I certainly challenged him at practice yesterday and I thought he responded, even after a shaky start, but he kept playing. Before the start of the game, I told him 'you don't have to be perfect, play beyond your mistakes. You make a mistake, have a short memory.' I thought he did that."
WSU Senior Taylor Rochestie
On the team's shooting... "I think these guys made me look real good, as far as assists are concerned. We had a hot night shooting and I liked to pass up some shots that were more contested for these guys to shoot it because they were just stroking, Daven and Klay and Baynes, just kind of everybody. It was just our night shooting, so we made it look easy."
On the offensive performance... "They were driving and making plays, and maybe it's because we play during that same style of defense a lot in practice. Daven and Baynes were setting great screens and I think for most of the game, I think the guards were moving pretty well and we were playing for each other. There are going to be a lot of assists when that happens. We took pretty good care of the ball, with six turnovers. I think that led to a lot of open shots and us hitting three's."
WSU Senior Daven Harmeling
On rebounding... "Ever since Taylor came, I remember the first time I played with him at the Rec Center, I told Ronnie, our ops guy, 'that's our point guard.' I've been a believer in Taylor ever since he came here. All of us are blessed to play with him, I think he's a great point guard. He doesn't have any weaknesses. The thing I like the most about him is that he always plays as hard as he can. I think that's all you can ask for in a point guard."
WSU Senior Aron Baynes
On not having room to work inside... "I didn't need room to work in there. These guys, they were hot tonight, so I was more than happy to sit back and just watch the shots go through the net. I think I got a few easy shots inside which drew them inside and it cleared out even more for these shooters. It was good tonight."
On his role when the guards are shooting well... "Watch the ball go through the net. I just try to get in there and get my hands on any offensive rebounds I can. There weren't too many tonight. It's more of a defensive orientation for me, I guess, when we're playing like that."
On WSU's defense... "We lapsed on our defense tonight, that's one big thing. Every game we go into there's good things that happen, but we can definitely learn from every game. That's what we can learn from this game, we need to come out with more of a defensive mindset."
WSU Freshman Klay Thompson
On expectations for a shooter... "With your feet set and an open look, I think 80 percent of your shots should go in from 3-point range. I think my biggest problem is to get my feet set whenever I come across a screen or when I'm open at the wing. When I have my feet set, it starts from your legs, so I think it's going in every time."
Sacramento State Hornets
Sacramento State Head Coach Brian Katz
On his team's performance... "Other than the outcome I thought it was a good game for us. Don't think we weren't sweating bullets about coming up here and not scoring 28."
"Our guys were able to score a bit and we felt pretty good about it."
"Nobody had scored more than 33 up here this year and we got 55. I think we made it hard for them."
On allowing WSU open shots... "They (the Cougars) were setting great screens and our guys were not getting through them. We didn't get our hands in faces as much. As a result guys were open."
On Taylor Rochestie... "I love him. What's not to love? He really makes them go."