Jan. 16, 2011
BERKELEY - California head coach Mike Montgomery
"If they play that good, they are pretty good. Washington was very good tonight; they made shots and they played extremely hard. I didn't think we were at our best, so that it is a bad combination. They played extremely well and they shot the ball extremely well. I think they got woken up on Thursday (against Stanford). We got caught on the back of our heels plays a very good basketball team, and I don't think we played very good basketball."
On Washington's fast break offense:
"I think it started with the fact that we scored, they took the ball, and four seconds later, they laid it up. They got a lot of confidence out of that. We weren't playing bad offensively at the beginning, but we were having a hard time getting back. They would just run down the floor and lay it up. We didn't gain an advantage."
On Isaiah Thomas:
"The fact of the matter is Isaiah Thomas really had his way. He got his confidence early. We got some fouls trying to double up on him on the ball screen, but he got penetration any time he wanted to. Justin Holiday shot lights out and Bryan-Amaning was good inside. We just had a hard time out there communicating defensively."
On Cal's defense:
"I don't think we did a good job helping defensively. It might have been because we weren't getting our shots offensively. We had pretty good looks, but we weren't making them. We got a little frustrated with that, and maybe we stopped playing as well on the other side. We still scored 71 points and that is decent, but you aren't going to beat anybody when you let them score 92."
Sophomore guard Brandon Smith
On tonight's game:
"Isaiah Thomas had an awesome game. You have got to give it to him and the team; they wanted it more than we wanted it tonight, and it showed in the score. I think defensively we had some struggle communicating and getting back on defense. I don't think it was the pace; I don't think they were super quick. We weren't hedging on screens and we weren't helping our teammates on defense. I think tonight we all weren't on the same page. It was just one of those nights. We can't have any more nights like that in this league."
"Washington is good; however, I don't think they are 21 points better than us. I think we just didn't come out ready to play. They came out hungry, in their tempo, their energy and they really brought it."
Junior forward Harper Kamp
On Washington's fast-break offense:
"I don't think it was necessarily their pace. It's not like they were getting up the floor super quick. Once they were getting there, we weren't stopping them."
On the meaning of tonight's loss:
"Obviously it is disappointing. We had an opportunity to be right at the top of the league with a win here tonight. We have to bring more energy at home. We just have to get it going somehow. Everybody has to be on the same page. I don't know why we weren't tonight, defensively."
On Washington's shooting:
"It is not surprising they shot so well, considering the game they had the other night against Stanford. They didn't shoot it very well there, so I figured they would come out ready to fix that. Whatever they did worked, and we let them have it."