Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening statement...

“I was very proud of our basketball team tonight. We found a way to bounce back and get a lot of players involved on the offensive end. I think what was impressive for us is that we had players come of the bench and do a nice job. They weren’t just playing minutes but they were able to contribute to our cause. It was great to see players like Marlies (Gipson) who got into foul trouble early on come back out and compete. We saw a lot of aggressiveness out of our team and I feel good about what we brought to the floor tonight.”

 

On playing Nebraska...

“I just think that it is usually a very physical game when we line up against Nebraska. I think both games we played against them this year were pretty similar. You just know and expect that every team brings a different style to the floor and Nebraska’s style is a very physical style of play. We do see that a lot in this league and I think we stood up to that pretty well tonight.”

 

On playing a diverse game...

“I think we were really good until the last few minutes and I think we had a few breakdowns, but they also stepped up and made some plays. I don’t think our defensive play was a real weak spot but I don’t think it was a great strength either. We made enough plays to keep us in the game and we felt good until the last four minutes. Then we had some breakdowns that changed the score so to speak. On the whole I think we have been a great defensive basketball team. I think that is what has helped us get 11 league wins to this point. We have stepped up and made plays when we needed to and we have had an inside-outside defensive presence.”

 

On Kimberly Dietz...

“We haven’t changed who we are offensively. Since conference play started it’s been a matter of execution. We have to have other players stepping up to create opportunities for Kimberly. To take the heat off we have to create lanes and spacing. Any time you see a player bring to the table what she does, you just keep working as a team to find opportunities to get her touches. She wants the responsibility to make plays and get the ball. On any given night in this league, if and when we didn’t see that, it really wasn’t anything different that a team didn’t bring to the table. It was more of how we competed as a team on the offensive end. The Oklahoma game is a classic example of us not being as effective offensively as a team. That particular game it was a tougher game for her.”