Women's Player Quotes

Forward Marlies Gipson

On what her career at K-State has been like...

“Coming into it, you don’t know what to expect, but the memories I’ve made, whether wins, losses, or whatever, have been a big part of my experience at K-State.”

 

On how she plays in the post against bigger opponents...

“I just try to do the little things. Girls are going to be more athletic than me, so when it comes down to it, to get a rebound, I have to box out, I can’t just turn and out-jump someone, so I have to do the little things and use my quickness inside.”

 

On how she defends players like Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris...

“It’s so tough. Going in to games, I don’t look at it as, oh, I have to stop her,’ because we do that as a team, as far as rotation and everything, but it’s a challenge and I’m definitely up for it every time I get to play someone who is bigger than me and stronger than me, which is every game. It’s a challenge and as a competitor you look forward to games like that.”

 

On K-State’s preseason ranking...

“It doesn’t matter. We have to look at it as the coaches have 12 great teams that they have to place in some type of order. It’s preseason and we’ll see how we finish. It can be motivation, but when you look at it, it’s just preseason and they have to place you somewhere.”

 

On her expectations for Ashley Sweat...

“I definitely expect a lot. This is my last opportunity to play with her and I’m definitely looking forward to it. She has grown in the preseason and I’m excited to get out and play with her one more year.”

 

 

Senior Guard Shalee Lehning

On moving on without Kimberly Dietz...

“You can’t replace her. Kari Kinkaid has the ability to be a point guard. She’s obviously more a shooting guard because she shoots so well, but she has great play to her game. By that, I mean she has the ability to have the ball and change tempos and change speeds and really keep you defensively on your toes. That’s something she really worked on this summer and I think everyone is going to see a different side of her this season and I’m looking for great things from her.”

 

On how she has changed her game for this season...

“I consider it a blessing to play with Dietz. We were definitely on the same page, but that’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to find two people who connected the way we did. For us this year, it’s going to be about putting the pieces to the puzzle. We don’t know who is going to be the person who steps in for her. I think for me, obviously, I need to score more. I need to help and contribute to my team more in that respect because it will open up more avenues for them (her teammates). I’ve worked on improving in that aspect and everyone understands that there’s a little more put on their shoulders now.”

 

On her style of play as a point guard...

“I don’t worry about those things (scoring a lot of points). I’m not worried about the publicity or the image because those aren’t the things that win you championships. They (other guards in the league) may be scoring a lot of points, but we came out with the Big 12 Championship. I don’t care if I’m not seen as that (a scorer) because I’m trying to give my team what they need. I am more concerned with passing the ball because that is what point guards are supposed to do. Point guards are supposed to pass the ball, they’re supposed to set up the offense, they’re supposed to be leaders, and they’re supposed to distribute the ball. I’m more worried about being the whole package point guard, that’s someone that everyone can count on and not worried about scoring points. If my team does well, that’s what I’m worried about.”

 

Senior Guard Kelsey Nelson

On whether she was surprised by her performance in the NCAA tournament...

“I try to just look at it as a normal game. I could have been, oh my gosh, the NCAA tournament,’ but I wasn’t. Not playing a lot during the season, I did have that in the back of my head, but I just went out there thinking it was just a normal game and tried to do the same thing that I had been doing all season in practice. I knew that the other girls would be out there with me, and that helped me a lot.”

 

On how she has improved defensively...

“I think I have gotten a little better at the concepts of knowing where to be and when to be there. It’s something that you can always get better at. I’m used to playing defense on a post, and then coming out and playing defense on a guard is very different. I think more experience playing guard defense has helped a lot.”

 

On what she learned from Shalee Lehning last season...

“She is so good at seeing the floor. She can be going one direction and make the pass the other direction. She does a great job of finding the posts down low. Her ball handling skills are amazing. It’s going to take a great defender to get the ball away from her.”