Deb Patterson Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson

 

Opening statement...

 

“First of all, I want to thank all of our fans for making such a great showing at the Pink Zone game, honoring and contributing to the cause against breast cancer and all cancers. We really had such a tremendous crowd today. To see all the pink in the house and to understand how many proceeds from the tickets and the t-shirts goes to the fight against cancer. As far as our basketball team goes, I thought again, another hard-fought, quality victory against an opponent that is extremely efficient at their game. Obviously, Andrea Riley is one of the best penetrators and one of the most physical players in the league. She certainly brought her very best, especially in the second half. I was really pleased. I thought our team stepped up in the areas that we had really emphasized (in practice).”

 

On the starting line-up today...

 

“I thought it was the most effective answer to losing Shalee (Lehning). Obviously, you saw Jalana (Childs) step up big. She’s performing extremely well over period of time, at practice. I thought she answered the call in a very big way when her teammates needed her the most. She had a great week of practice.  She really has had some very very strong showings in practice over the course of the last three weeks or so, but not nearly as dominate as this past week. She had a big time game tonight when the need was tremendous. She really had a top-drawer game today.”

 

On how the offense was more effective today...

 

“I think that we didn’t force the ball inside or crowd the floor quiet as much as we had (been doing). We simplified the playbook a little bit. We tried to get good at some things, tried to answer some of the problems we thought our posts were seeing with lanes being really crowded. I thought our guards did a nice job with that. I think this week in the gym was very valuable to us. We get to a point, like after the Baylor game, where you see how close you were aside from possessions that you wasted. This team has always been one that has always stepped up and put their mind and attention where they need to improve. I think it came at just the right time.”

 

On using a bigger line-up in the future...

 
“Based on this game, I’d be crazy not to. We’ll continue to evaluate. I think it’s really neat when you have an opportunity to work on things for a week and find a way for an individual or a couple individuals to step up. I think we did that. It really all centered on the fact that Jalana Childs stepped up and brought to the floor a really highly competitive basketball game. If we get that consistency of effort and consistency of energy, that could be a really great thing for our basketball team as we continue to compete through February and March.”