In tomorrow's paper, I'll write about how inexperience might be hurting these Huskies.
But today, I wrote about their injuries.
Here is some of what the Huskies were saying:
&bull Romar on UW's rash of injuries: "I wouldn't say I'm surprised, because sooner or later it's going to happen to you. I would say (I'm) disappointed. But that's part of sports, and there have been some teams that this has happened to who have gone on and been able to be successful."
&bull Romar on Pondexter's ankle injury: "We'll see what he can do at practice (today). I'm saying we're hopeful we'll have him Saturday."
&bull Pondexter on his own prognosis: "I've been doing rehab all day and night, it feels like. I'm just trying to get back to where I can be all ready to help our team. I hope I am. I feel there's a great chance I'll be back by Saturday, but if I'm not I'll be on our sideline rooting for my team."
&bull Pondexter on how the injury happened: "I just remember my leg getting tangled up with (Cal freshman center) Ryan Anderson. I felt a little pop. … It hurt really bad. It was one of the worst pains I've had."
&bull Romar on Spencer Hawes' playing at less than 100 percent with stomach flu: "It's tough when you have a freshman in his situation, where there are high expectations and he's coming out every game busting his tail. But he has lost a significant amount of weight and he was weak and he was out there trying to battle as best he could. … He'll end up being better, but he's not fully recovered yet."
&bull Joel Smith, who will be out two more weeks with a foot injury, on watching from the sidelines as his team has started 1-5 in conference play: "It's frustrating, but things happen for a reason. I just push it to the side and do what I can do to get in playing shape. I really wish I could be out there helping, but I've got to take care of this body first before I jump back into things."
&bull Romar on how things might be different if 7-foot Joe Wolfinger hadn't suffered a broken foot: "We would suspect that he would give us even more of a presence inside on the defensive end. And he is another post player who can really, really knock down shots, and he could possibly offset the (defensive) pressure that Spencer Hawes and Jon Brockman get."
&bull Romar on using assistant coaches Cameron Dollar and Paul Fortier as practice players: "Those are certainly good players right there. I think it helps them being on the floor because they can a lot of times just coach by their example. Having been a player-coach myself, I know that you don't have any room for error when you're out there practicing. You have to do everything that you've been telling everybody else to do the whole time. In some ways it helps. There are some things they can do that the players can't do."
&bull Dollar on coaching from the court: "When we get into conference, we only have a day to prepare. While teaching our guards our sets, it's just easier for me to go do it and then talk the other guys through it."