Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening thoughts...

“I’m just really proud of our basketball team for their bounce back after the Oklahoma game. I thought this was a tough, physical, hard-nosed Big 12 basketball game. I was very pleased with our players response to not necessarily being real effective on the offensive end with our percentages against OU and I thought we really brought a great level of aggressiveness and efficiency to the offensive end against a very quick and tough Texas A&M defensive basketball team. I think this is just a great win for our team, beating the No. 17 ranked team in the country and bouncing back after a disappointing loss at Oklahoma. It’s just something we feel really proud of and something for us to build off of knowing that every next game in the Big 12 is as hard or harder than the one that we just played.”   

 

On Claire Coggins’ performance...

“Tonight Claire just had a tremendous basketball game. It took so much pressure off of our overall offense. On most nights you have to have your best players producing and I think she just did a tremendous job of staying in she just made good decisions relative to what the game and the offense was giving her. She did a great job of finishing and defended and boarded the ball. I think the difference tonight was that we saw a lot of great finishes and a good focus. It was very big. That production 8-for-11 and 3-for-4 from the three-point line was very, very big and very needed against this Texas A&M team.”

 

On the frenetic pace of the game and high turnover totals...

“I think that when you play a team like Texas A&M, you know you’re playing one of the quickest teams in American and you’re going to have a share of turnovers. They had them and we had them. Not to be overlooked is the fact that they had 19 turnovers and its that kind of a game, we forced them and they forced them. I thought what was significant for us tonight was that the large percentage of the turnovers didn’t lead to lay-ups and easy baskets for A&M. That was very big. I thought we retreated well. Some of them are just credit A&M, they get those turnovers against everybody they play. I thought our team handled their pressure better than most teams would expect to this early in the season.”    

 

On beating Texas A&M’s pressure...

“I thought we did a nice job answering the pressure by scoring at the rim and defending well. Our players made up their mind that they were going to be committed to that. We did a nice job of handling physical play and their athleticism. You know when you play them that your offense most times is going to start at about 42 or 43 feet. I don’t think we had problems at all in the back court. We transitioned pretty well in the front court and over the long haul I was really pleased with our response to their pressure even though it appeared at times that we were struggling, we ended up shooting the ball fairly well because we got the ball to the rim.”

 

On winning close games and the team’s direction...

“I definitely think tonight was an indication that this basketball team is getting tougher and are a better, competitive basketball team even from three days ago. I think some of the toughness that we were lacking against Oklahoma we learned a lot about what’s necessary tonight. Whether we were behind or whether momentum was shifting or whether we turned the ball over, through possessions we didn’t relent. It’s very important and you have to establish that that’s going to be our character and personality.”