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March 9, 2013 at 4:44 PM

UW postgame comments

Here’s comments from UW players following their 61-54 loss to UCLA. SCOTT SUGGS: (On the team having good motion on the court) “We wanted to come in here and finish this season on a wining streak so we gave a lot of effort today. It was fun, I wish we could have given the fans a win.” (On…


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January 17, 2013 at 1:55 AM

Washington sits on top of Pac-12 standings

Seattle Times – Dean Rutz

The Washington Huskies will wake up Thursday morning at the top of the Pac-12 standings.

Who would have predicted that a month ago?

Washington is tied with UCLA at 4-0 for the conference lead. The Bruins will have a chance to recapture sole possession of first place when it hosts Oregon State tonight. Regardless of the outcome in Los Angeles, the Huskies are thrilled with their position.

But then, coach Lorenzo Romar was somewhat evasive when asked if he was happy with the Huskies defensively following Wednesday’s 64-54 win over Colorado in the Pac-12 home opener at Edmundson Pavilion.

“I think we’ve made a lot of progress,” he said. “Happier than I was before. Still got to get better though.”

Every game against Washington is a slugfest in basketball shorts. The Huskies would have it no other way. They say they relish stopping opponents from scoring even more than making baskets.

Abdul Gaddy said: “We take pride in our defense. We don’t like it when people score on us.”

He went on and explained how the Huskies enjoy pushing opponents to the point of frustration when “you can here them bickering with each other.”

During its four-game winning streak, Washington has held each opponent under 40 percent shooting, which is the first time since 2010.

If this trend continues, we’ll have to ask if this is Romar’s best coaching performance during his 11 years at Washington. Somehow he’s gotten offensive-minded players like C.J. Wilcox, who admitted earlier this week he never played defense in high school, to buy into a defense-first mentality.

Romar has also gotten players to buy into their roles. Players aren’t complaining about getting more shots, which Romar hinted had been a problem in the past.

“Before the season started I think I had mentioned that this group perhaps was maybe the most coachable and had the best chemistry of any team that we’ve had,” he said. “Any team. Not last year’s, but any team. I didn’t say they were the best team, just chemistry. And I think that’s the reason we’re able to do that. We don’t several guys sulking because they’re not getting more shots and all that. We’re all for one and one for all. … That’s kind of how it is. It makes a difference.”

Colorado coach Tad Boyle took it a step farther and said the loss of Tony Wroten Jr., last season’s Pac-12 freshman of the year who was taken 25th in the NBA draft, is addition by subtraction for the Huskies.

“They are so much better,” Boyle said. “Last year that Wroten kid was out there trying to steal and gamble a lot, but this year they are so much more sound this year. They are so long, so athletic, they’ve got the big guy in the middle, you’ve got to score against Washington and you’ve got to execute against them because nothing is going to come easy.”

Still Washington struggled early this season while finding its identity.

“We always knew we could play good defense,” Wilcox said. “We came into the season saying that’s what we need to do. It took some time to finally get it through our heads that this is the way we need to play.”

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 8,184 – the largest of the season, Washington stuck to its winning formula. Desmond Simmons and Aziz N’Diaye (above, far right) led the way defensively. Simmons collected 12 rebounds and held CU’s Andre Roberson (10 points and 11 rebounds) relatively in check while N’Diaye collected 11 boards and blocked three shots. He also limited CU forward Josh Scott to eight points.

Washington held Colorado to a season-low 36.2 percent shooting from the field (7 of 24) and just 1 of 10 on three-pointers. The Buffaloes only trey was Roberson’s desperation banked shot from behind the arc that just beat the shot clock. The 54 points was the second fewest for CU.

The Huskies were worse from the field (33.9 percent, 20 of 59), but they were 6 of 20 on treys and 18 of 23 at the free throw line.

Washington also created shots for Wilcox, who scored 25 and Scott Suggs who had 13.

All of it led to an ugly win that looked beautiful in its defensive execution.

“You can color it any way you want to color it,” Romar said. “I just know that when you go out and you play two games in a row and you have single-digit turnovers, you hold four teams to under 40% from the field, you outrebound three out of the four, you’re beginning to do things right. The only “ugly” thing if you want to call it that is that we haven’t been making shots. Two out of the last four games we haven’t made shots. Other than that, I think we’re doing everything else OK.”



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January 17, 2013 at 12:26 AM

Video: UW players after Colorado win

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2099359010001″/] Here’s video (above) of Washington players following their 64-54 win over Colorado in the Pac-12 home opener. ABDUL GADDY (On team’s performance) “It was good, we’re getting better every game. Today was very physical—they’re a physical team. I know last year when we played them it felt like they had an advantage over us physically….


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January 10, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Video: Aziz N’Diaye

[do action=”brightcove-video” videoid=”2084221446001″/] Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said Aziz N’Diaye was the catalyst for the Huskies’ 62-47 win at California. The 7-foot center finished with his sixth double double this season and had 12 points and 12 rebounds. He also added four blocks.


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December 22, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Some good, some bad in NIU win

Seattle Times – Dean Rutz

Strange game for Washington. The Huskies shot better behind the arc than they do inside the semi-circle. They connected on 9 of 25 three-pointers (36 percent) while shooting just 28.1 percent (9 of 32) on shots inside the arc.

Perhaps even more bizarre, Washington drained 22 of 24 free throws and shot a season-high 91.7 percent at the line.

UW forwards Desmond Simmons, Shawn Kemp Jr. and Jernard Jarreau struggled from close range. They combined to make 1 of 12 shots. And Andrew Andrews still has been unable to find the shooting stroke. He was 1 for 6.

But thanks to C.J. Wilcox, Aziz N’Diaye (near right) and Abdul Gaddy, Washington managed to win 67-57 in a game that was probably a step backwards in spite of the win. The Huskies took the lead two minutes into the game and never trailed again. They led by as many as 15 with 14:28 left in the second half, but they staggered down the stretch and nearly ran out of gas.

Washington converted just one field goal in the final 9:44 minutes and missed seven field goal attempts. Gaddy’s three-pointer with 3:06 left was the only field goal that fell and it gave the Huskies an 11-point lead (63-52).

However, NIU scored five unanswered points to cut its lead to six (63-57) at the 1:43 mark.

Perhaps appropriately, the game was decided on a missed shot and a rebound, considering UW dominated the glass 42-30.

Scott Suggs missed a mid-range jumper. Simmons tipped the ball to Gaddy who collected the rebound. He was fouled and made two. Wilcox also made two on the next possession while NIU finished the game with two missed three-pointers.

Washington never delivered a knockout punch like it did Thursday against Cal Poly. Instead, the Huskies hung on and waited for the clock to expire on NIU, which fell to 2-9.

There weren’t many positives for the Huskies. They improved to 8-4, but a win against a team with a 326 RPI rating isn’t going to bolster the resume. They got good work against a full-court press. Andrews, playing his second game since a three-game injury layoff, nearly doubled his minutes from Thursday. N’Diaye and Wilcox proved again they can dominate against lesser-caliber opponents.

“Interesting game for us, I can’t remember a game where we shot 31% from the field, that hadn’t been a pattern for this team,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “You go back and look, 11 years that we’ve been here, and I think we shot  under 47 percent maybe one or two times in eleven years, so we have  been shooting a high percentage and then tonight all of a sudden, with a lot of open looks the ball didn’t go down. Thank goodness our free throws did and I don’ t know if that was a carry over to some other areas of the game. We didn’t have 20 turnovers but our turnovers led to points for them, made it a little easier for them to get buckets at times. But give them credit, they are a scrappy team. (NIU’s Abdel Nader) is very good offensive player, hard to deal with.”



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