Quotable: WSU loses third straight
FROM BERKELEY — We empty out our notebook with quotes from Washington State's 67-54 loss to California at Haas Pavilion, the Cougars' third consecutive defeat to start Pac-12 play. Read on.
(On Tyrone Wallace leading Cal in scoring) "We’re aware of how good of player he is. He did a great job tonight, scored a lot of those from the free-throw line like their team did. They did a great job of hitting free throws, but not as good as Stanford (laughs). Stanford hit 24 of 26 against us. We’re very aware of Wallace and what he’s capable of doing and he had a good game on a night where, it’s not like (Allen) Crabbe and (Justin) Cobbs were bad, but they’re more of a team than just crabbe and cobs and they showed that tonight with Wallace."
(Did their blocked shots make you less eager to go to the rim?) "I think it did. That was one of our strategies or gameplans was to attack, attack, attack, but when you don’t get fouled and you don’t hardly get a shot off sometimes it gets hard, and guys don’t want to really attack the rim if they’re coming up empty-handed all the time, so we were not able to get to the free-throw line very often doing that and quite often Cal did a great job of blocking shots."
(Was Brock as aggressive as you'd want him to be?) "He was pretty aggressive. I’ve seen him more aggressive but I thought he was pretty aggressive. It wasn’t like he played soft or wasn’t trying."
(Did their length bother him?) "I think their length, I think Stanford’s length, I think Aziz N’Diaye from UW, his length. We have a hard time simulating that so when we’re in practice all the time he doesn’t see that. But we’re sure seeing it now."
(On Cal in the first half) "They looked a ltitle tentative. I’m sure there’s a reason why. Coach (Mike) Montgomery’s trying to get them to play the way he needs them to play to be good and he’ll get there. He always does. So my guess is maybe they're trying really, really hard to do the things that coach Montgomery wants and therefore they were a little tentative."
(On switching screens on the baseline) "It helped us. It helped us during that time period to switch and to be there on the catch. First few possessions of the game they had wide open looks. Again, Cal basketball under coach Montgomery, they usually execute things pretty well and so a lot of it’s predicated off screens so we tried to switch those."
(On Mike Ladd's rebounding) "I think Mike does that most every game. Maybe he was motivated by the fact that he had four and then five and then six and then seven offensive boards. But I really appreciate the seniors. I appreciate all our guys. They’re great kids, they’re working hard. We as a staff just need to keep trying to work and help them. Really appreciate the two seniors. They leave it on the court every game and Mike did it tonight. He was not scoring great but he’ll do whatever he can – defense, diving for loose balls, offensive rebounds. So he was probably the (Jorge) Gutierrez of the floor tonight."
(On foul trouble) "It didn’t help, that’s for sure. It did hurt us."
(On the different travel schedule this week) "That’s a good question. I’d like to ask our guys what they thought. I haven’t talked about that yet with those players. I’m curious to know too. I think it worked out well because first and foremost it’s the first week of this semester and it would have been a shame to miss three and a half days of the first week and that doesn’t sit well with anybody. So I’m glad that we’re able to get back and be in class those last two days and hit the road, so that worked out well."
(On what Bak Bak did defensively to limit him) "Not quite sure. Just played tough D. We were sort of out of sync on offense. I missed a couple of easy shots and I think that would have changed a lot of the way he guarded me. He’s a good defender and a good challenge to play against him. I think I just missed a couple shots, a couple free throws."
"They had a lot of length inside. I think early on we took it in there, they blocked a few shots and maybe we had a timid mindset. We still had 21 offensive rebounds so it wasn’t like we weren’t getting inside and getting points."
"I just tried to help my team out any way I could. Rebounding was a place where I felt like I could help the team out tonight and I did as much as I could on the boards."
(Did you think this felt more winnable than usual?) "We go into every game willing to win, trying to win. Every team — we have different scouts for every team — but this game we just tried to come in and win."
(On Allen Crabbe) "He’s a good player.just try to stay in front, he comes off a lot of ball screens, tag him, deny him, get help from my teammates."