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More reaction to UW's record-setting win

With the 109-77 win over California, Washington set or matched several school records:

This was UW’s school-record sixth 100-point game of the season. The Huskies also tied a school record with 17 3-point field goals. And they set season highs in assists (30) and blocks (11). It was their 13th consecutive home win by 10 or more points, also a school record.

And also -- here's an obscure one -- the combined 201 points UW totaled in sweeping Cal this season mark the most the Huskies have ever scored in a regular-season series against a Pac-10 opponent.

Here's some of what the Huskies had to say afterward:

ISAIAH THOMAS"The next game was this game, so we wanted to change everything that we’ve been doing not so well, and that’s just defense and play Husky basketball, and we did a good job of that today. The energy that we brought and the difference on the defensive end made us play so well."

"It starts with me. No matter what it is, it starts with me on the defensive end and offensive end. I took that on the chin, like, ‘OK, we lost them three.’ And that had a lot of do with me. But we take them game by game, and we’re going to get better I know that for a fact, and I know that guys are willing to get better and work hard."

"When we play on the defensive end, our offense looks crazy. Like it looks like we’re really that good. It all started on the defensive end and it made it look that much easier. We got open shots and guys knocked them down."

"When we get stops we can compete with anyone in this league or in the country. We did a good job of that, and we have to make an example out of this game that when we play defense we’re hard to beat."

On the improvement from the last few gamesThe main focus was to come out and play hard, no matter who was scoring, who was getting the assists, we just wanted to come out and play hard, and we did that. It all started on the defensive end, teams were doing whatever they wanted to us on that three game losing streak, and we wanted to change that. This week in practice coach said “we’re going to play defense and whoever doesn’t is going to sit next to me.” You know guys don’t want to sit, so they played some defense today.

Finally, he was asked if Cal seemed tired after it's triple-overtime loss to Arizona on Saturday) "I don’t think. They’ve had days to get ready for us. They might have been. Who knows? That was a long game and they played a great game that game. They might have been tired, but at the end of the day you have to come out here and play."

JUSTIN HOLIDAY"It’s what I expect every night when we come out to play. I’m glad we were able to shake that off, come out with energy and really just get stops. That’s what set the tone for the game."

On what was different tonight)We were active, we had a lot of energy, but we were under control. I think that also helped offensively, with our turnovers and stuff like that. We didn’t have many turnovers today, we controlled the ball and, on defense, we were moving. We were active and playing smart today. In other games we have problems controlling the ball, keeping the ball and giving the ball up. So, that’s most definitely one of the main points going into this game, being smart with the ball and not turning it over. That’s what it comes down to and that’s all on us. Turnovers are on you. Of course you’ve got some charges and stuff like that but, mostly, just the give-ups, we can’t do that. So, we had to be smart here.

MATTHEW BRYAN-AMANINGAsked whether the blowout reflected a return home or desperation to end the three-game losing streak:"Obviously you play better at home – most teams do. And obviously with the Dawg Pack and how they are, we got a lot of energy from them. But at the same time, we know that how we’ve played the last few games, I think we had a great week of practice. Intensity was up. Nobody was feeling sorry for themselves."