The Huskies' season ended tonight with that 69-56 loss to West Virginia in the Carrier Dome. And so did the career of the team's lone senior: Quincy Pondexter.
“I haven't really had a chance to reflect," he said a few minutes after the game. "... I think last year was a big step up from the (first) two years. And this year was remarkable how we played down the stretch. The grading for each of my four years has been different. I wish they could have all ended up with championships, but that’s not how it played out.”
Still, Pondexter was part of two championships: the Pacific-10 Conference regular season title in 2009 and the Pac-10 tournament title this season.
He said the latter helped make his senior season the highlight, in part because of his leadership role a team that hung together and rebounded from a disappointing middle stretch.
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But that late surge also made the ending harder.
“At the end of the day, we feel like we could have done better,” he said. “We could have gone a little bit further. That’s going to stick with us. I know it’s going to stick with me for the rest of my life.”
Pondexter concluded his UW career with 1,786 points, third on the school’s career list. He appeared in 136 games, more than any other Husky. He scored 695 points this season, combining with Isaiah Thomas (593) for 1,288 points – making them the highest-scoring duo in UW history.
“It was great ride for him,” coach Lorenzo Romar said. “I’m so proud of him, how he finished up his college career. He went down when it was all said and done as one of the greatest Huskies ever to put on a uniform.”