Maples Pavilion is a bland little place that might be mistaken for a science lab as you drive through the Stanford campus. However, it's been a house of horrors for the Washington Huskies, who have lost 15 straight games there.
The Huskies seemed unconcerned about that today, as they practiced for their Sunday game against the Cardinal. Instead, they seemed more annoyed about the ugly game they played last night in their defeat at California. (Here's my game story.)
"We committed a lot of errors that we shouldn't have defensively and offensively," coach Lorenzo Romar said. "For some reason, we went away from sharing the basketball. It's been a while since we've done that, but we went totally away from sharing the basketball and our shot selection was very bad in the second half. Obviously, when it was that way, everything went sound -- defensively, offensively, all of it."
The players seemed to agree. But captain Jon Brockman said that sometimes games take on a momentum of their own where it can be hard to fix a problem -- such as not sharing the ball -- simply saying during a timeout, "Hey, guys, lets start sharing the ball."
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"When a problem like that occurs, it's really hard to correct in the middle of a game like that," he said. "The defense is doing what it's trying to do. It's not just us trying to be rebellious. So in a way it does take on a life of its own."
Brockman may have been a particular victim of the lack of sharing as he got off only four shots and ended with no field goals in a four-point 15 field goal performance. However, he wasn't pointing any fingers Friday.
"(Cal was) clamping down on the side a lot," he said. "I could have done things to make myself more open. I've got to be smarter when I get the ball and have opportunities to attack the rim, I've got to take those. When I see it's clogged up and I don't have anything, I've got to kick it back out. There's things I could have done."