Feb. 17, 2011
Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller
"It was a tough win because Washington State is a very good team. Klay Thompson's performance tonight really speaks to how great a player he is on offense. We didn't have an easy solution for him. He's got the gift of height, and he is best when he puts the ball on the court and drives to the basket."
"Solomon Hill asserted himself early in the second half with the big three and a couple baskets. He's worked hard this season and ended up with twelve points and five rebounds. He did a very good job tonight, and is one of many who did well. Kyle Fogg won't get a lot of credit for defending Klay Thompson, but Kyle made him work hard for those thirty points. He had seven points and one turnover, which really impacted the game. It speaks volumes for how much of a complete player he has become. At Arizona State he had twenty six points, and he is really doing a lot for us right now."
"We are never going to take Derrick Williams for granted. He is feeling better and his hand is continuing to improve. He had twenty six points, eight rebounds, and was twelve for twelve from the free throw line. It's outstanding that he is so consistent, and I think that's what separates him from a lot of other very good players."
"We are really playing as a team. We're not perfect, and there are a couple plays that I would have liked to take back. We had three turnovers at half, and finished with twelve. A few of those nine turnovers in the second half were real head-scratchers where we dribbled too much, or weren't set up. We had seventeen assists and twelve turnovers, and to play a game with that number of turnovers, and to win, makes us the best we can be."
"At half, we talked about Washington State's eight second chance baskets. We definitely did a better job rebounding in the second half, and I think we are undefeated when we out-rebound our opponents."
"Washington's record and who they are both in the conference and nationally mean that they are going to be the best team we face at home this season. The game is going to come up on us quickly with the early tip. It really begins now, with us being smart and getting enough rest before we face them on Saturday. At Washington we didn't execute well, and being smarter on defense is going to be a significant factor to us getting the win."
Arizona Player Quotes
On his second half scoring:
"Just insert myself and take open shots. Just make plays and keep them honest. Make them play me. They were helping just down low which opened us up outside."
On Washington State closing the gap:
"We lost team defense, we left Klay (Thompson) get going. Klay's a great scorer. He got hot and caused us to break down, and then we got it back together. Klay had a big night. Fogg did a good job though."
On offensive rebounding:
"It's a way to get to the free throw line. Jesse (Perry) does it all the time, get boards, get to the line, get buckets, and get yourself going."
"They get a lot of three's up. It's all Isaiah Thomas. He can keep you honest from three and then the pick and roll is their bread and butter."
On Derrick Williams' finger:
"I don't think it slowed him down. He's not making spectacular plays at the rim. He's still finishing around the rim and he's working on his jump shot more. It just stopped him from making exciting plays."
On guarding Klay Thompson:
"You can tell he was trying to be more aggressive. I just tried to make him take tough twos every time. He's so good you can't really stop him you just got to slow him down."
On Arizona's free throw streak:
"Coach told us we were 24-of-26 from the free throw line and I know I missed two. I was hoping no one called me out on it, but Solo did."
On Derrick Williams:
"Derrick draws a lot of attention like he did tonight which allowed us to get open a lot. But he also created a lot of shots on his own."
"I think we came out very strong. The start got the crowd into it and it really helped us out a lot.