Iowa State Quotes

Head Coach Bill Fennelly
On K-State’s defense...
“They are a very good defensive team. We knew that coming in and when you are getting absolutely nothing in the post, like this game, it makes it real hard, and we can’t score inside. It puts a lot of pressure on everyone else and we just played a very good defensive team that took us out of a lot of our stuff. When we did have chances to score, we didn’t convert enough. Some of our better players were struggling to make shots. We hung around and competed, but offensively, we had too much trouble.”

On their struggling offense...
“You are going to play good teams that know your game, so defensively in this league, it’s always going to be better. We are taking a little bit better care of the ball, but we’re still making some silly, unforced turnovers; losing the ball, traveling, and stuff like that. We’re offensively rebounding better, so we’re doing some of the things that we need to do. We’re a team that has to make shots, and we’re not making our free throws when we’re getting to the free throw line. We also went 4-17 from the three-point line, but some of those were really good looks. We’ve got to get something in the lane and we don’t have a player in double-figures in the post. You can’t win at this level playing that way game in and game out. Right now, that’s the way we’re playing. We just have to try and find a way to do something different. ”

On not being able to step up and make something happen to win the game...
”We went 17 all, and then three possessions in a row, we step up and miss two free throws, we miss a wide open layup, and then there’s a wide open three we miss. We went into half time and we’re still in the game and we start the second half the same way. We missed a couple good looks early, made a bad decision on a turnover, and then we just started fouling. You can’t beat anyone when you put a team at the free throw line 25 times in one half. When you’re not scoring and you’re giving them points, it makes this game really, really hard. We made it hard today against a really good team.”

Freshman Kelsey Bolte
On the poor shooting performance...
“I think we were nine for 29 in the first half and then in the second half we made a couple of shots to cut into the lead, but at the end of the game we couldn’t make those shots that we had been making in the middle of the first half.”

On finding a way to score against K-State’s defense...
“They were pressuring us from the outside, so we couldn’t get very many open looks from the three-point line. A lot of us did try to get to the lane as much as we could.”

On what they need to work on for the next game...
“Coming out strong in the first half. Coach Fennelly always says that we have to play the first half like we did the second half and he’s completely right. We need to come out the first half ready to go and focused. We can’t just depend on the second half. We score more points in the second half than we do in the first half and that shouldn’t happen. We’re going to come out Monday and practice and really focus on working hard and getting back on track.”

Senior Amanda Nisleit
On the rebounding battle...
“We were struggling on offense, so we had to do what we could to get ourselves more looks at the basket and get to the free throw line.”

On the impact of K-State’s defense...
“I think it is a combination of both (K-State’s defense and Iowa State’s lack of flow). They are a great defensive team, but we also had some unforced errors that we usually don’t have.”

On the team’s attitude heading into the next game...
“We need to stay focused. We have lost two in a row, so we need to buckle down, stay focused and take advantage of our home game (next game). Hopefully we will come out strong.”