K-State Coach Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
On the rivalry between K-State and Kansas...
“From our perspective it is Big 12 basketball. Tonight the thing that I was most pleased about with our basketball team was that in critical situations on a night where I’m not sure we were as quite as good as we can be individual players stepped up and made good plays. I thought that the threes by Kari Kincaid were huge and she had been in a bit of a shooting drought. The last two minutes of the game, I felt like Marlies Gipson just owned the game. That is what you need if you are going to need if you are going to have the opportunity to succeed. We stepped up in a game that I felt we were always in the position where we could take it to the next step but we never made enough plays in succession. A good win, in a game where individual players stepped up and made plays.”

On the difference that Marlies Gipson makes...
“She walks off the floor eight-for-16 fifty percent from the floor she shoots perfect from the foul line, she finishes the night with a double-double, she spent 38 minutes of the game defending a six-foot-five player and in the last six minutes of the game she took the game over. I don’t know if there is anything else that you can ask her to do. She is being consistent and I think that she has really elevated her play to the level that she is capable of bringing, night-in and night-out. She is a very important element of what we do.”

On Think Pink’ and cancer awareness...
“The bottom line is that you are making young people and people across the community aware the cause. The game is secondary to the fact that, as a sport, women’s basketball could make a statement about working to draw attention to the cause of preventing and curing cancer. Our players had Clent’s (Stewart) mother’s initials on their wristbands, so I think that it is an up-close and personal issue here at Kansas State but the reality is it is up-close and personal to every team, everywhere in America.”