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February 9, 2007 at 9:51 AM

Hawes on not starting, other notes

Some of this part of the notebook hasn’t made it on-line yet, so I will present it here. Much of it touches on the starting lineup change last night and Spencer Hawes remaining on the bench.
Twenty-three games into a surprisingly troubled season, the Washington Huskies made another change to their starting lineup before a 79-71 win over Cal Thursday night.
But it didn’t involve freshman center Spencer Hawes, left again on the bench in favor of Artem Wallace.
Instead, the Huskies made a switch at small forward, inserting Quincy Pondexter at small forward in place of Phil Nelson.
“Quincy has really been coming around lately,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar. “We felt he deserved to have an opportunity.”
Statistically, Pondexter didn’t do much with it, scoring just two points in 19 minutes, though they were a memorable two, coming on a rousing dunk off a lob pass in the second half.
Hawes, meanwhile, made his case to return to the starting lineup, scoring 16 points and grabbing five rebounds in 25 minutes off the bench.
Hawes has been on the bench for the last five games after sitting out against Washington State with a sprained ankle. He has also been battling a virus but has recently begun returning to health.
“I feel like I’m getting some pop in my step,” he said after the Cal game. “I’m playing with some more energy out there.”
Romar said afterward that if Hawes continues to perform as he did against Cal, he will likely return soon to the starting lineup.
“He’s been able to practice more consistently the last two weeks and as a result we are seeing his play get better and better,” Romar said.
Complicating matters, however, is that Wallace continues to improve and had eight points in 22 minutes against the Bears.
Hawes said he’s not frustrated over not starting but admits he’d rather be starting than coming off the bench, saying “it’s just something I’ve got to get used to. … It’s definitely an adjustment.”
Hawes said he met with Romar for the first time earlier this week about not starting.
“I talked to coach about it and he said once I get back in the flow of things and once he feels I’m ready to get back in there, the time will come,” Hawes said. “But it’s working out for the team. Since I’ve been out of the starting lineup we’ve won four of five.”
Nelson was moved ahead of Pondexter after a 96-74 loss to UCLA on Dec. 31.
Nelson started the nine games since then to mixed results

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