February 13, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Oregon coach Dana Altman after UW win
Here’s postgame quotes from Oregon coach Dana Altman following the Ducks’ 65-52 win over Washington.
(On the environment) “It’s not an easy place for a lot of people to get a win. It was a good night for us. I thought defensively we really played hard. And then the nine turnovers, those were the two key stats. That and holding them to 35% shooting.”
(Is the team better after coming off the losing streak?) “We turned the ball over and lost a little of that aggressiveness with those turnovers. And with all those turnovers we gave up a lot of easy buckets. So the points off the turnovers cut way down and that really helped us. We set our defense and only turned it over nine times. We made a lot of easy layups and a lot of transition baskets. I thought that was a big difference. I think we only had one in the second half. We had eight at halftime.”
(On defense) “I thought our defensive intensity was really good. Our guys got a lot of hands on the balls and our activity was pretty good. (CJ) Wilcox and (Scott) Suggs are such dynamic scorers on the wings and you can’t let them get going. Wilcox hit that one right at halftime on a play I messed up and I was worried he was going to get going, but fortunately the guys did a good job.”
(On improving on defense from their last few games) “We really have (improved). We’ve guarded hard, Johnny (Loyd) sets the tone there. I was just so happy for him to hit some shots tonight. He carries the weight of the world on his shoulders and he wants to help the team so bad and he has put so much pressure on himself. To have him hit those shots tonight was big for him and big for our team. He works so hard I was happy for him to have those numbers.”
(On Loyd’s injury in the final minutes) “It was a hard foul and you always worry about those. So we don’t need anyone else going down, that’s for sure.”