Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening statement...
"This is a win that I am really excited about. I know it wasn't a win that, on the offensive end of the floor, would have pleased a lot of people. It was a grind it out game. Defensively we had to be very accountable because on the offensive end, things weren't going our way with respect to shots going in. I thought we did a nice job of competing with good accountability and understood how to not let missing shots impact us on the defensive end. We stayed very accountable. I thought we improved in that area as a team and every individual brought a real attention to what we needed to do defensively tonight. That was big in a game that sort of took on a character of grind out, there were not going to be a lot of baskets. I felt like both teams were missing a great deal and so it was going to come down to little plays. Obviously, Taelor (Karr)'s step up baskets late in the second half, that assertiveness and confidence she showed on two very, very big plays, I think separated us when we needed separation and were just very, very good basketball plays in a game like that. It was almost as though her aggressiveness on the offensive end in those situations were very intelligent. It was not forced plays, it was good, solid, confident, good basketball IQ decisions and big plays. I am thrilled for our basketball team. We really needed to step on the floor and get better defensively and I thought we did tonight."

On the low final score...
"I kept looking at the scoreboard and I was remembering, and I talked to the team about a Big East came that I watched in January and the score was like, 22-24, and these guys are like phenoms, basically. I said games can be sometimes this way. I was not really sure, I was not predicting a final score because I just did not know. I just kept looking at the clock and seeing the score and looking at the clock and seeing the score. The main thing was just to find a way to stay ahead. At some point it was just find a way to be ahead and make enough defensive plays and board the ball and don't give in. Don't give in because things aren't going your way on the offensive end in terms of making shots."


Senior Forward Ashley Sweat

On staying focused in a game like this...
"I think that when it is a night like that where shots are not falling, you have got to just be aggressive on the defensive end. If you are not making shots, you can still win a game on defense. All you've got to do is be able to score more points than the other team and you will win. It came down to it that we knew even though we weren't hitting shots, as long as our defense would hold up and hold them, that we could still get a win. I thought that our defense improved quite a bit. We worked on that a lot this week. I know our coaches had us really prepared and we had a lot of attention to detail on our help side today and I thought we did a much better job than we had been doing in the past. I think that this was a huge win for us just because it shows that no matter what character the game takes on, our team is going to try to find a way to battle and get a win. Any win in this league is huge for us."

On what she takes from this game as K-State goes on the road...
"I think we really need to take from this game the accountability that we brought, maybe not from the offensive end tonight, but for the most part, we did get some good shots. On the defensive side we were very accountable and that is huge for us. We are not going to be as athletic as those Texas teams, so we have to depend on our teammates to know they are going to be in the right position when we need them to be. We just need to fight and if we do that we are capable of beating anyone."

Freshman Guard Taelor Karr

On her play tonight...
"Honestly, I really didn't do anything special. It was just my teammates getting me open. I wanted to do anything I could to step up for the team and help us win this game. I was getting some good looks and luckily they went in."