Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement...
"It is always great to have the opportunity to face an in-state opponent in your exhibition slate. I think it is really good for our state and for the players that have had the opportunity to compete against each other through the course of their high school careers. Fort Hays gave a great effort tonight particularly in the second half. They have great competitors and tough kids. They did an excellent job from the three point line especially in the second half by (Kayla) Klug. Overall mentally I think they did a good job, to be on the road against a Big 12 opponent and dominate in the second half.

On the rotations in the lineup...
"We certainly gave some players the opportunity to make a statement during their time in the game. I think we saw some signs of small segments that had some quality play, but we are a long way from saying that we are remotely playing well. I think our young players got some quality minutes and I like what they brought in spots and certainly those are the things that we will work hard to build on."

On the freshmen...
"I think more than anything it was great for them to get a little bit of game experience. Going into the game we saw spots of their strengths and I think they expanded on those a little tonight. I think they just need to get used the speed and intensity of the game. A huge problem for us tonight was just the tempo of the game."

On freshman point guard Taelor Karr...
"I think Taelor did a nice job for it being her first start. For someone who has not had a lot of game experience at that position and at this level I thought she brought some quality possessions to the floor. I like it when our point guards are aggressive offensively and make an impact.

Senior Forward Ashley Sweat
On the differences from last year's team...
"I think obviously you can look at the team and see how different it is. I know we talked about before the season started that we all needed to bring different things to the court that can affect the outcomes of the games. We are going to be hit with adversity all season because we are inexperienced. Everyone that came to the game can see that we are very raw team especially on defense. There is a lot of room for improvement, we have to bring intensity every game."

On being ready for the season...
"We are not ready. That is why we schedule these games. You can practice and practice but you have to play because it is when you get tired you get start to slip up. We are all still trying to get a feel for each other, that is something that comes day in and day out of practice. We have a long ways to go before we are prepared."