Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
On Shalee Lehning and Kari Kincaid’s health...
“(Shalee) has got a problem with her ankle right now, an ankle sprain. We’re not sure right now, it’s kind of day to day. Kari is the same thing, but instead of day to day, she’s week to week. I don’t expect that we could throw her into the fire against Wisconsin-Green Bay because she hasn’t been at practice but about four days. She’s still working to get back and hopefully we’ll have her within the next two or three weeks.”

 

On the impact of not having those two in the game today...

“It makes a difference any time you lose a point guard and a leader out there. A basketball team should have the resiliency to be able to counter for that. Obviously tonight we learned a little bit about what that’s going to take. It’s just a growing process for us. I thought Kimberly (Dietz) came in and handled that responsibility real well tonight. It’s not an easy thing to do, but she had experience at it a year ago. I think it was a factor, but I think there were other issues at play tonight that caught up with us in this basketball game.

 

Emporia was very aggressive, played a very smart basketball game and competed to win. They brought a mental toughness and a determination to find a way to win the basketball game. The players that needed to step up and make plays did so, particularly at critical times. They had a great penetration game, a great game by (Michelle) Stueve, which you would expect. Timely shots, timely rebounds, they did the work on the boards. It was a combination of things, but give credit to Emporia State. I wouldn’t at all say that this game was won or lost because of an injury situation on our part.”

 

On the offensive performance...

“I think tonight we really struggled to establish much consistency on the offensive end. We were pretty much a perimeter-oriented team tonight. We played around the top of the key and didn’t get a lot of good penetration passes or penetration opportunities off the dribble. I think that’s just a function of us being early in offense and trying to figure some things out. We obviously got good production out of Marlies Gipson and Ashley Sweat in terms of on the boards. We missed some easy lay-ups in there but it’s about finishing those opportunities. We just have to continue to get better across the board. I don’t know that we gave our post enough touches down deep to be able to assess our post game, except to say that we pretty much ignored it tonight and that’s certainly something we need to improve.”

 

On what to take from this game...

“I just look at this as we just competed against a very good basketball team. We were exposed in a lot of areas in which we need to get better we’ll walk into the gym tomorrow with that expectation. I think that’s what these games are all about. Whether we had won it or lost it, the same weaknesses and the same things would have been exposed. If we would have won this game by a basket, it would not change the nature of the game how Emporia competed and how we competed. There’s a great deal for us to build upon, that’s what these preseason games are all about. I think we should take great note of the fact that we were out-competed and defeated tonight. I’m not at all going to dismiss it off hand. We didn’t take the floor tonight to say let’s get to become a better basketball team. We took the floor to say lets win and each day become a better basketball team, and we didn’t win.”