KSU Coach Deb Patterson

Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening statement...

“I think this last game before conference play was a real positive one to have the opportunity to play deep into our roster and some time after competing on the road at Washington State and Washington. Obviously a great night for these two (Shalee Leghning and Marlise Gibson) for their presentation of becoming 1,000 point scorers in their careers prior to tipoff for and Marlise becoming the All-Time Block Leader. I am excited about our team being 13-0. I think we have become a basketball team that has understood what is going to make us the best we can be and we are looking forward to the challenge of Big 12 play.”

 

On how this year’s team is different from last years’ going into conference play...

“I think we are different because we are still figuring out who we are going to be on the perimeter. You can see we are trying to mix in that fourth and fifth player a little more often. I think a year ago, with Dietz (Kimberly) and Shalee (Lehning), we had more of consistency there with the one and two positions and we knew what we were going to get every night. Ashley (Sweat) is playing better basketball now than she was a year ago at this time, so that feels good. I think we are a different team and Big 12 play will really reveal that. We are fighters and that remains a consistent thing from year to year and right now I like what we are bringing to the floor.”

 

On whether the team is where they need to be for Big 12 play...

“I think we are. I think like a year ago at this time we are anxious, ready for that next level of challenge, and it is time. We have 13 games under our belt and I think everyone is very excited about the prospect of Big 12 basketball.”

 

On having a week to prepare for Kansas...

“Well I think more than anything the week we have is important because it prepares us for Big 12 basketball and it gives us a window to continue to get better. I don’t look at this week as just preparation for Kansas, because most people know that in this league you usually only have a one or two day window for preparation. I look at this week as another week that we get show up to the gym and get more reps for our starters and our players that are contributing well of the bench. Mentally and physically I feel we will get a couple extra days of fundamental work. I don’t think our preparation for Kansas will be any different than any other team we have played thus far.”