Here's what Nigel Williams-Goss and Andrew Andrews said after Washington's 80-77 loss to Washington State on Saturday afternoon.
(On final possession) “We had 15 seconds on the clock. Coach wanted me to push it. If we could get the quick two we wanted to take that. Shawn (Kemp) was going to come back and set a high ball screen, and Mike (Anderson) was going to trail the play, so if I got downhill and didn’t have anything, I could throw it back out to Mike. But because he was trailing, his man was able to be a helper and I really didn’t have anywhere to go, and it kind of caused us to scramble a little bit.”
(Think about shooting a 3-pointer there?) “Like I said, I was looking, it just was kind of a broken play. Mike had just hit a 3 the possession before. I didn’t have a good shot, so I got rid of it. I tried to move it. And we just didn’t get a quality look.”
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(What led to so many open 3s for WSU?) “I just think we didn’t do a good enough job stopping the ball early. We’ve got to pick guys up before the halfcourt. We’re letting guys get a head of steam and kind of play defense on our heels, and kind of scrambling out of that. I think that’s why they got a lot of open looks from the perimeter, because of that early push.”
(On the four-game losing streak) “Honestly, I think the Stony Brook loss was just one where we didn’t come out with a lot of energy from the start. Cal was better. We started out really strong but we didn’t sustain it. Stanford, we lost the game. I thought we played well enough to win. Like I said, I hit those two free throws at Stanford and we win that game. So we liked where we were at Stanford. We felt like we got our team back. And tonight, again, it was just those defensive breakdowns like I just talked about. We’re not guarding like we did at the beginning of the season. There’s more breakdowns now than there were. And that’s on us and we’ve got to do a better job of not letting that happen.”
(On mood in the locker room) “Any competitor hates to lose, let alone four in a row. Obviously guys are upset, but we’re not down to the point where we’re fragmented or going our own ways. We know there’s still 15 games left of conference, and if you ask me, we’re good enough to win every single one of them. We rattled off 11 in a row to start the season. You take it game by game, who knows how it could finish? There’s obviously areas that we have to improve, but we feel if we do those things, we could have a heck of the rest of conference play.”
(Anything in particular make you think you’d have a good scoring game today?) “No. I just try to be aggressive. Like I said, coming off a loss, I always try to be aggressive the next game. And that doesn’t just mean shooting. That just means being aggressive, pushing the ball as a point guard, finding people, rebounding, being engaged defensively. So I just played, found some open seams and made some shots. Just disappointed with the outcome.”
(Where are the defensive breakdowns coming from?) “Same thing he said. Defensive transition. We’re losing a lot of the shooters in transition and running too deep into the paint to get back to protect the rim. When they have four shooters on the court, we can’t do that. They were stretching the floor. Brett Boese came in and hit like three 3s right off the bat. That’s probably about it.”
(On UW’s 3-point shooting) “We had a lot of good looks. They’ll start falling eventually. Just keep shooting it.”