Post Game Quotes - Washington State vs. Washington
Feb. 25, 2012
Washington State vs. Washington - Feb. 25, 2012 - Beasley Coliseum (Pullman, Wash.)
Final Score: UW 59, WSU 55
Washington State Quotes:
Head Coach Ken Bone
On free throws...
"We got to the line, which was critical especially with a team that shoots a very good percentage. I think we are one of the top two teams in the league percentage wise but we just didn't put them down. We made free throws in the first half. They made free throws in the second half and we didn't."
On the overall game...
"It was a game in where we thought we could compete and work hard...and we did. We played extremely hard but there is certainly disappointment in our locker room right now, no doubt about it."
"I think we have shown we can compete with anyone. When the guys step on the floor they play hard and they play together. I feel like almost every single game they have left it on the court. That's what I'm most proud of and I know the staff is. Sometimes you just don't shoot the ball well and tonight was one of those nights."
On the design of the last play...
"Going to (Patrick) Simon was one of the options, if he was wide open we told him to shoot it. He had a good look, the other day at practice he made 8-of-10. He is a great shooter, unfortunately for him, you know kind of like Brock (Motum) last year, he just hasn't had a chance to play that many minutes. But we know what he is capable of, we see him every day and he is a prolific shooter."
Senior Guard Marcus Capers
On Washington's run at the end...
"I was expecting it. I mean us being here, we were a lot more confident than at UW. In a situation like that on our home court, that's pretty much what you want because you're still confident for the most part. It just didn't happen the way we wanted to."
On if poor free throw shooting was contagious...
"I don't think it was that. I think people were just thinking a little too much. The three I missed, they felt good coming off my hand. Even with that we were just talking to each about getting stops. I felt like when we were missing free throws, our defense stepped up a lot more."
Senior Forward Abe Lodwick
On the how the loss affects the team's confidence...
"This game, it's not a death sentence for us. We understand where we are in the Pac-12 we also understand that we have two games left in conference and we want to finish off strong and we want to do whatever we can do to make a lot of noise at this conference tournament. We still are a confident team, we're a team that is playing teams tough, well enough to win. So it's one of those things, if things go right here or there, free throws, stuff like that.... We're a tough ball club and I know we're a team that scares a lot of people, so I wouldn't want to play us in the Pac-12 Tournament."
Head Coach Lorenzo Romar
On the Cougars....
"It was a heck of a game. We knew coming in here we'd be playing a team that was difficult to guard. We knew it was going to be a rough game, as rough as any game we have left in the regular season. Our guys really stepped up."
On the overall win in adverse circumstances...
"Well number one, it was on the road. Secondly, losing the momentum. Washington State had all the moment and thirdly, two starters, Terrence Ross and Aziz N'Diaya in foul trouble for a good portion of the game. Our guys stuck with it and found a way to win in spite of us shooting 35% from the field. We did a good job and obviously we made our free throws and they weren't as fortunate. That was probably the biggest difference in the game."
On starting Gant...
"It was a defensive decision on Motum...we felt Motum is playing as well as any individual in this league right now. He is in a zone and we thought Darnell could do a good job. Motum's been averaging 24 points a game and tonight he had 17 and four turnovers. Darnell fought him the entire time."
Sophomore Guard C.J. Wilcox
On how the team kept the composure...
"I felt like we were down 40, but when I looked at the scoreboard we were only down by 11. We just kept calm and knew we could come back if we got some stops."
"We have a lot of weapons and we have a lot of people who know what they are doing and have experience. We were just able to get that done."
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