Head Coach Deb Patteron Quotes

Women's Basketball Coach Deb Patterson

Opening remarks...
"As we head into the 2006-2007 season there is a great deal of excitement surrounding the basketball team right now. We've had the addition of both Ashley Sweat and Kari Kincaid as incoming freshman. Both of those young players up to this point in time in our pre-season phase of practice have done a great job. I'm extremely excited about what they're bringing to the table. I'm looking forward to building off of that championship WNIT. I'm just very hopeful as we approach the season as a pre-season Big 12 number seven pick, that we can continue to take the floor and compete at a level that is extremely competitive in the Big 12. Hopefully we will surpass those expectations of those who have picked us number seven in the league." 

On losing key players and re-building the team...
"I think we will see that we are young and not real deep. In losing both JoAnn Hamlin and Twiggy Mcintyre, I think we lose that big physical presence in the paint, and the physical presence on the perimeter as a defender with Twiggy Mcintyre. We have some holes to fill there. It brings some question marks to the table of who will step up to those roles. I think we head into this season a new team because of those transfers. I think we will be looking to evolve and figure out who we are going to be offensively. Defensively, I feel pretty good about our athleticism. I think Ashley Sweat brings a great deal of athleticism. Kari Kincaid brings quickness, but not necessarily size to the equation. We will be relying a great deal on younger players, with the exception of the experience that Claire Coggins and Kimberly Dietz bring to the floor. I think Coggins has established herself in my mind as a potential All-Big 12 first team pick. I think she is that good. With Kimberly Dietz, we have a junior in the program that is coming off a very, very strong last month and a half. She competed extremely well in the WNIT last season. Anytime you look at a player who can put up 18, 19, 20 points a night, you're looking at someone who has a great offensive potential. In our backcourt I think we are pretty solid. We'll be looking at Shalee Lehning, Claire Coggins and Kimberly Dietz in our backcourt. In our frontcourt we have Marlies Gipson coming in after being named a Freshman All Big 12. She has a great experience behind her. I'm not sure that at her size there is anyone who could compete comparatively to what Marlies brought to the floor as a four player in our league last season. She is a very, very impressive player and I think she is going to be one of the great next players here at Kansas State. There is a great window of opportunity at the five spot for Shana Wheeler who is coming off of that blown ACL. Certainly you have to take into account that she has been inactive since last December and then had a second procedure at the beginning of August. But I've been very, very impressed and pleased with the intensity that she is bringing to the court. The rehab process and the time away from the court did a great deal for Shana in terms of her intensity and hunger for the game. Ashley Sweat can also help us out at the five spot. I think our frontcourt and our ability to rebound will in large part dictate how competitive we are as we head into the non-conference play, and then as we continue to play and compete we will make adjustments along the way."

On her expectations of sophomore class...
'I really love our sophomore class. I think Danielle Zanotti proved herself as our utility player, the player who will do anything you need to help you win. Danielle is the type of player that can shoot the three, she can put the ball on the floor, she'll go get rebounds for you, she might be your best screener, she is certainly your best communicator and overall one of the most intelligent players on the floor. Shalee Lehning, in my opinion is the second best point guard in the league. Lehning brings to the floor the leadership and the aggressiveness to help the team win. I think we are better as a basketball team every minute she is on the floor and that is what great point guards are supposed to do. Marlies Gipson is a very good athlete. She was a player coming out of high school that had not yet established an offensive game, but after last season she became a very, very efficient offensive player, a player we depended on. We will look to get her more touches this season. She doesn't get into a lot of foul trouble so we will be looking to give her a lot of minutes this year."