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November 20, 2006 at 9:04 AM

Sac State redux

I didn’t cover the win over Sacramento State, but another member of our staff, Terry Wood, did.
And here’s some of the quotes he had left over that didn’t make it into his story on the game.
First, from Quincy Pondexter:
“I don’t think we were as focused on the defensive end
as we should have been. We all had to pick it up. It
all started with Spencer’s denial and steal, and that
just carried us throughout the game.”
On fast starts and turnovers: “We know we’re a young team, but we can’t act like a
young team. We’re going to get better at that,
rebounding and taking care of the ball.”
On his own play: “I’m getting a little bit more comfortable. The first
game, I had the worst jitters in the world. I’m just
getting more confidence … maturing.”
And some from UW coach Lorenzo Romar:
Overall thoughts: “Forgive me for stating the obvious, but that was not a
pretty win. Sacramento State came out early in the
game for the first 10 minutes, were clearly the
aggressors, and their quickness I think caught us
off-guard. They were quicker to the ball than we were.
We had problems keeping them out of the paint, in
terms of dribble-penetration, and consequently that
got off to a 13-point lead on us.”
“When we kind of gathered and composed ourselves, began
to keep them in front of us and play better defense,
then I think we held them to 12 points in the last 10
minutes, and two of those were on a missed box-out at
the end of the half.”
“We also did not do a very good job of taking care of
the basketball. We’ve played against teams that press,
teams that don’t press. Nichols State sat back in a
zone the entire game. We still have turned the ball
over too many times.”
“We’ve got a long way to go in the area of taking care
of the basketball. And defending. We’ve got a long way
to go. But, we won a game, and we’ve got to prepare so the
next time we play we’re a little bit better.”
On comparing Pondexter and Brandon Roy: “Don’t think you can compare the two. Quincy plays with so much energy. Brandon had a higher
skill level at this point. As a freshman, he’s scored over 20 points in half our
games. That’s pretty good. He’s rebounding the ball
well, we try to put him on the team’s best player on
the perimeter. We’re giving him a lot of
responsibility like we gave Brandon (in that respect.)”
On Pondexter hitting both of his three-pointers: “I think he understands his
strengths. Brandon was really good at that. It’s no
coincidence that he went to the line eight times. guys
who stand around on the perimeter and shoot threes a
lot don’t get to the line. Rarely do you see a good
rebounder who doesn’t get fouled, either. This guy’s
in the mix, in the action.”
On ball-handling problems: “I don’t think it’s nervousness. It’s just an
adjustment to the game. At the same time, it’s not
always the young guys who are committing the
turnovers. Familiarity could have something to do with
it. Everyone understanding what we’re trying to do
offensively and having a comfort level in what we’re
doing. As time goes by, that will help.
We always look at this in practice. When we run a set
or whatever we’re doing offensively, someone runs to
the wrong spot, or you pass to the wrong person.
Oftentimes, that leads to a turnover. I don’t mean the
guy picks the ball off as you’re trying to pass it.
But one or two passes later you’re turning the ball
over. We’ve got a little bit of that going on because
we’re not as cohesive as we need to be and as cohesive
as we will be. When we talk early about our team being
young, bear with us early, these are some of the
things we’re seeing. Yes, we’re 4-0, but at the same
time it hasn’t necessarily been smooth sailing, and we
just have to smooth it out. We’ll do that.”
On free throws: “Tonight we just didn’t shoot well. I
don’t think that’s typical of our team.”
On the play of Spencer Hawes: “Against Northern Iowa we got him the ball the
whole game. They’re quickness bothered us all the way
around. They were under us, they were moving, they
were sliding their feet. It appeared lanes were open,
but as you look to pass they were so quick the lanes
would shut down. I think that had something to do with
it.”
On Justin Dentmon: “He was the MVP of the tournament. Maybe
we’re thinking he should be more than the MVP. I
thought he played very, very good in our tournament.
Tonight, he didn’t have as good a game.”
On the turnover problems: “Yes, turnovers are a big-picture concern,
absolutely. Because that has been a reoccurring thing
each game. So yes, that’s a concern. I don’t know if
it’s a long-term concern or not yet. Sometimes, you go
the whole year and say, “Man, they were doing that in
the preseason.’ We’ve had teams that have turned in
over like this in the preseason. But by conference,
we’re taking better care of the ball.”

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