Kansas State Coach Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson
On the game...

“This was a game much like several we’ve played that you could begin with one element of the game, free throws, and say that you had an opportunity to win the game if you shoot your free throws well. I think that was obviously a huge area where we fell short in a game in which you’re playing against a NCAA Tournament team and one that is playing for a significant finish in the Big 12 and a seeding in the Big 12 Tournament. Certainly, that was the most consistent phase of the game in which we could have put ourselves in position to win.

 

On the finish to the game...

“I think, as has been the case with our team, in the last few minutes of the basketball game, we had either a breakdown in the offensive or defensive side of the floor that they capitalized on. Quite frankly, down the stretch in a close game, whether you’re home or on the road, I think that’s what separates you. We had an opportunity at the foul line to win the game. When that’s not happening and you still find yourself in a position to win the basketball game it just comes down to making a basket and Iowa State did that and we didn’t. So, they came out of this basketball game with the win on a night when, overall, I think we did a nice job in the second half defending but when the game was on the line, to give up that open three look was that one play that breaks your back. So we have to look to continue to bring the commitment and accountability to those kind of possessions. In very many of these close losses that we’ve encountered, that’s been the difference. Either allowing the other team to make a big play or on our end squandering an opportunity that we might have on the offensive end.”

 

On K-State’s defense...

“I think defensively, overall, we did a nice job. In the first half, there were four possessions that I can distinctly remember where maybe we fell short of what we had hoped to do. But, overall, in the course of a half, that’s not bad. We were scoring the ball well. In the second half, I was very pleased with our defense with the exception of the last three minutes of the game. That’s where I think we allowed Iowa State to get aggressive and confident and to get some steals that led to easy baskets. Certainly the open three look on the baseline was the game changer. But, I do think we defended a very potent Iowa State team well. They’re an NCAA Tournament team because they don’t quit. They understand competing every possession.”