Before Saturday night time, it experienced been approximately two months due to the fact Washington dropped a basketball match, due to the fact the players walked off the court docket with their heads down, due to the fact head mentor Mike Hopkins resolved a defeated locker home.
The Huskies previous dropped on Dec. 15 to Virginia Tech in the Boardwalk Vintage. After that match, they put together a 12-match successful streak and started off Pac-12 participate in 10-. They recorded two highway sweeps in the system, shooting to 1st spot in the meeting.
UW experimented with to rally in its 75-63 reduction to Arizona Condition, acquiring as close as seven details in the next half right after slipping at the rear of by 18. But this time — for the 1st time in meeting participate in — the Huskies could not get all the way again.
Requested about his message to his players right after the match, Hopkins repeated 1 phrase: Happy.
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“Sometimes, you just never have your A-match,” he claimed. “The most important matter I was happy about was they fought. These kids came out and they fought. Was it pretty? No. But we fought. Are there spots they we have to get superior? No concern.
“The crew that we want to be, from our turnovers to some of our pictures to acquiring solid with the ball, all those are the small matter that we have to do to grow to be a superior crew.”
Those are some of the issues UW will be hunting to handle all through practice this week. The Huskies have a week off right before they journey to Washington Condition on Saturday, and the crack could not be coming at a superior time.
UW dealt with injuries and disease all through its excursion to Arizona. Noah Dickerson, who sprained his ankle in the acquire around UCLA, didn’t get started in both match but performed in both. After the reduction to the Sunshine Devils, he claimed he felt 80 to 85 % healthier.
A number of players and coaches also struggled with flu-like indicators. Hameir Wright produced the excursion but was too ill to participate in in opposition to Arizona or Arizona Condition. Hopkins inserted Sam Timmins and Dominic Environmentally friendly into the starting off lineup to change Dickerson and Wright.
“A great deal of us are type of banged up,” Dickerson claimed. “Hameir was just tremendous ill. Guys are banged up. It is a very good time to get a bunch of practice under our belt and get our bodies again healthier.”
Even though Dickerson didn’t want the Huskies’ successful streak to conclusion, he realized it was bound to happen.
“It does suck to reduce but we still left it all on the court docket, we really did,” Dickerson claimed. “We fought again. … We fought, we fought, we fought. Some days it doesn’t drop your way.”
Eventually the Huskies were being heading to have an off night time, Hopkins claimed.
“Human mother nature is a matter,” he claimed. “At the conclusion of the working day, as a mentor, you check out to prepare them, get them relaxation, get them geared up. They’ve obtained to go out and accomplish for (12) straight games. These men really came out head 1st and their strength concentrations have been good.
“Tonight, we just didn’t have that very same kick. At times that transpires. We experimented with to come across it. We battled. We confirmed a great deal of grit. The seniors stepped up in a great deal of various approaches. It is just 1 of all those items.”
In spite of UW not dealing with a reduction due to the fact December, neither Hopkins nor Dickerson claimed they were being concerned about how the Huskies would reply. UW has however to to reduce consecutive games this period.
The Huskies are continue to easily at the leading of the meeting standings at 10-1. Each other crew in the Pac-12 has at the very least four losses.
“I consider we’ll be high-quality,” Dickerson claimed. “We’re an older crew. We’re a veteran crew. We fully grasp.”