Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson Quotes
Opening Statement...
"Colorado played aggressive basketball tonight. I think they basically felt like they were in control of this basketball game. They were more aggressive (than we were). They played with a higher level of unity and aggressiveness overall and intelligence during the course of the game. They won in the work phases of the game. I thought they had great ball distribution, shared the ball, had individual players step up and make big shots and plays when they needed to and we had none of that. Credit Colorado for coming on the road and getting a win, which I think should be tough to do in Big 12 play. Brittany Spears stepped up big, Bianca (Smith) stepped up and made big plays. I thought (Alyssa) Fressle (made big plays).  We gave them a lot of space and they stepped up and made big plays. If you give Big 12 opponents room and space to take, then by and large people are going to do that. We did not do the job defensively and we didn't do the job offensively that we needed to do to find a way to win and Colorado did, on the road."

On the play of her freshmen...
"Well, I really do not feel like during the course of this game that we had any quality play on the offensive end. I know we made a couple plays and our freshmen made a couple shots, but, by and large, I thought this was a game that we did not compete at a level that Big 12 requires. I think that, across the board, Colorado put us in position to have to make plays and we did not get it done. I was not impressed with anything that anyone who put on the Kansas State jersey brought to the floor tonight. But, I credit Colorado with their confidence and their aggressiveness. They made great basketball decisions. I think we've seen that our freshmen, by and large, tend to be, right now, the players that are stepping on the floor and making gutty plays. When we need baskets and need a run, in the last few games, they've been willing to step up and make plays. (They make) tough plays, aggressive plays, take shots even if they're misses. We have to compete with a much higher level of that kind of aggressiveness to find ourselves in games."

On attacking the basket of the dribble...
"We have no low post game right now, consistently. Early in the first half, I thought it was a carry over from the Oklahoma State game where we really relied on a lot of perimeter play. We didn't have penetration with the dribble or the pass, we were very inefficient there and you can't succeed and be competitive in Big 12-caliber games unless you have penetration to the rim. When we were successful in the second half, when our freshmen did assert themselves, it basically was with some penetration plays, some aggressive plays to the rim. We might have converted on 40 percent or 30 percent of plays that we did get at the rim, which isn't going to lead to success. Again, it got us close, but our accountability once we got close on the defensive end, wasn't there. We just have a big basket of things that we have to bring greater attention to detail and accountability to if we are going to be successful. Getting the rim is not enough, you've got to finish at the rim. I'm not sure we had any and-one plays at the rim tonight. There is an aggressiveness that we need to bring to floor offensively that we are not bringing and tonight, there was an aggressiveness to our defense that was lacking. I think the rebounds ended up even, but I felt like we played very passive basketball. We had a lot of individual lack of accountability in scenarios where if you make one stop, the game can change, on the defensive end of the floor."