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February 28, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Stanford post-game

Ultimately, two sets of numbers stood out in this one as Stanford beat UW 82-79:
— 37-28. That’s UW’s rebounding edge tonight against a Stanford team that leads the Pac-10 in rebounding margin at plus-nine per game in conference play. That showed the effort the Huskies brought most of the night.
— 7-16. That’s UW’s free-throw shooting, another night of wasting opportunities at the line, which in a three-point game, proved a huge difference, and again evidence that the Huskies just don’t do enough things well all the time to get over that hump from being a team capable of beating the best teams once in a while, to a team capable of beating the best teams all the time.
After the collapse against ASU last Saturday, the effort was heartening to UW coaches. “I was pleased with how our guys played,” said UW coach Lorenzo Romar.
The game was there for the taking on any number of occasions, as UW got within one twice midway through the second half. But the Huskies never could tie or get the lead and put the pressure fully on Stanford, and that also proved the difference tonight.
“We were just a few plays short of winning,” said forward Quincy Pondexter. “It just sucks we didn’t come out and win the game.”
For those looking for hope for the future there was plenty to be found — all but seven points were scored by players who will be back next year, and all but five rebounds. Pondexter had the kind of game that makes you wonder why he doesn’t do it more often, hitting 8-11 shots to score 19 points in 29 minutes, along with five rebounds and three assists and only one turnover. Maybe he was motivated playing in front of a lot of family and friends.
And Joe Wolfinger had the kind of game that gives credence to Romar’s claim that he has a big upside, scoring 12 points in 18 minutes, hitting 5-10 shots, including two three-pointers, his presence helping to open up the middle for Jon Brockman, who had 20.
Of course, history said it wouldn’t matter what UW did tonight. They haven’t won here since 1993 when Lynn Nance was coach.
“Fifteen straight times, I hear,” Brockman grumbled afterward when asked about the streak.
“This is a tough atmosphere and they play well here,” he added.
But so did the Huskies most of the night, which provided at least some solace, and a little bit of hope that maybe there is some life left in the season yet.

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