Texas A&M Quotes

Head Coach Gary Blair
Overall thoughts on the game...
“Basically, I think we saw a pretty good basketball game by two teams that played hard, but not necessarily well. The difference in the first half was that K-State had eight uncontested points on lay-ups and they had 3 three-pointers, so that’s 17 points right there. Other than that I thought defensively we did what we wanted to in the first half. In the second half I thought we had control of the game for awhile. Our freshmen were not ready to play at this level and what Big 12 basketball is all about. We didn’t’ have enough depth at the guard position to play our usual 40 minutes of pressing. I just didn’t have enough bodies to rotate in there to do it and I think that hurt us a little because that’s what we like to do. Last year we were able to pressure Kimberly Dietz and that was the ballgame, but this year Dietz was able to stay in the ballgame and run her offense pretty good.”

 

On the end of game situation...

“The end of the game situation, that was just poor execution on our part. The shot we had for Danielle Gant, she rimmed out and that was as good a shot as we had in the second half. The shots that we had in our one and two positions, we should have knocked down. The difference is that Big 12 defense is a lot different than what we face in non-conference play. They were doing a good job of switching man-to-man on us.”

 

On what made the difference in the game...

“I think the biggest play of the game was when Patrice Reado fouled out, which I thought she slapped the ball clean, but then made body contact. She had made five steals already that way in the first half. I told Reado that when she got her fourth foul we can’t afford for her to sit there and go off the floor. We just didn’t get it done.”

 

Sophomore Guard Takia Starks

On K-State’s defense...

“I do credit K-State. They had a lot of pressure defense on me. Every time I shot it, they contested it. I wasn’t into the flow, but I definitely credit their defense. There was so many people coming on me and switching on defense, I really don’t know who was guarding me, but I know I had a hand in my face.”

 

On giving K-State some pressure on defense...

“I thought we committed a couple of fouls that we shouldn’t have. We tried to pressure them a little bit and get some turnovers, but they stayed composed and alleviated the pressure with a couple of back-door passes on us and they just kept the ball moving. It was hard for us to guard them.”