Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson

On her overall thoughts of the game...

“I think this was a game in which our basketball team took the floor and competed at a Big 12 caliber tonight. Obviously on the boards Nebraska really asserted themselves on the defensive boards and dominated there. I felt like we did have a more effective response on the offensive end. We’ve really struggle on making open shots in the last couple of games. We have to continue to work very hard to establish an inside presence and a post game that can provide us with some production. I felt we competed very well against a very good and composed Nebraska basketball team. They don’t get rattled. They understand any given possession on where their best opportunity is to get their next basket. That is just the sign of a great basketball team. From the outside looking in, I think it has led to a great deal of success. They really do a nice job on the offensive end of knowing who to go to when, of playing that 30 second possession and getting a quality look. They do the work phases of the game. Defensive rebounds were absolutely huge for them tonight. I think we competed well, but obviously we need to compete better.”

 

On her team’s ability to get to the free throw line...

“I think it was progress for our basketball team tonight to work and put ourselves in position to get to the line at a level that I think you need to be successful in this league. We’ve been very deficient in that area. I thought our team really worked hard to commit to getting to the line. I think we need more of it as the game went on, particularly from our inside players, but we took positive steps. That is important to our basketball team. Obviously when we get to the line we need to convert. You look at the free throw numbers and you think if you made four more shots the game would be significantly closer and any given possession might swing it a different way. Now we have to build off this more aggressive demeanor of getting to the line and work to capitalize on those points.”