Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening statement...

“From the Kansas State point of view, this is a game that we really struggled offensively tonight. We didn’t have that snap-crackle-pop that you need to have offensively. We just never established a comfort level on the offensive end. Now, for three different halves it has kind of eluded us. It is something that we need to bring attention to and work through.

 

“Defensively, I thought we brought a good game to the floor. Probably, in the last 10 minutes of the game, when your offense is not scoring, your defense loosens up a little bit. It’s really difficult when you are not making any baskets to defend with that same level of intensity. I credit our players hard for working to compete hard. I don’t feel like anybody gave in or gave up. I just felt like we collectively struggled with our aggressiveness and knowing what we needed every possession. That is just something that I have to take responsibility for making my team better at. We are going to lineup against a team that has played as well in our league as anybody. So we have to come to come back strong and hopefully our team will find a way to kick it back into gear.“

 

On the health of some of the players...

“Danielle Zanotti has been sick since the Colorado game, (Shalee) Lehning is coming off the flu, so there is some adversity that everyone is fighting through. The nature of the game was that Texas was the better basketball team. We are short on numbers and that has not been a mystery since the beginning of the season. We have a whole lot of basketball left to play and we just need to work on getting better.”

 

On what the team needs to improve on...

“I have got to put our players in a position to get to the rim. I don’t think I did that enough for our basketball team tonight. We have great penetration players, (Kimberly) Dietz, Lehning and (Claire) Coggins and it is something that I have to bring attention to. The last game we shot 35 three-point shots and tonight we did not hit any and we have to have an answer for that. Texas is a great basketball team, they rely on playing great defense and they certainly did tonight. Give all the credit to Texas.”