K-State Head Coach Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson 

Opening Statement...

“We talked to our basketball team about how exciting it was to be able to send the senior class out of Bramlage today with a victory of this quality and having had an opportunity for everyone to take the floor and contribute to the team. (We wanted this) to be a tribute to Carolyn, Shana and Dietz, if you could draw it up and send them off with a great day. This was the kind of day for us, at the end of a great season, in Bramlage that is, where they have made so many contributions over the course of their career. I was really proud of them and I just can’t say enough good things about what these three have brought to our program.”

 

On Kimberly Dietz’s performance...

“I think its very fitting Kimberly would leave the floor tonight having hit five threes from the floor, having penetrated and been such a factor in putting pressure on the Missouri defense. To finish the game with 19 points and six assists is just classic Kimberly Dietz and to play 35 minutes in the game. She’s been the player that has really put this team in the position of being successful this year. Whatever has been needed, she brought to the table. It is very fitting to see her finish with those kind of numbers across the board.”

 

On the team making adjustments...

“They have really impressed me. They have elevated their level of competitive intensity, learning how to compete games. They are so changeable and adaptable. We had a tough road in the non-conference part of our season and things didn’t always go our way. They stayed adaptable, tough, and they battled. They made adjustments. When we said lets do this instead, they just stepped up and did that instead. I don’t know that I’ve had the opportunity to watch a team go on the road in Big 12 play and be as tough-minded as this team was in so many close, tough games against teams that are ranked. It’s been an amazingly impressive season to this point in time, watching them become who they are continuing to become and watching them be who they were.”