Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson Quotes

Opening statement...

“That’s an exciting season opener for us to get a win against a quality program like Washington. It means a great deal to this basketball team. (They’re) obviously a very solid squad with a lot of size and great shooters at Washington. I was just pleased overall with the fact that I felt we defended at such a high level over the course of the game, particularly in the second half. We wanted to step it up on the defensive end. I liked a lot of the responses that our team brought to the floor today over the course of the game. They were very open and very responsive to making adjustments and I thought (they) executed well. (It was) a great first game of the season for us. I think the defense provided a lot of momentum for us early in that basketball game. It got our mindset aggressive, and then physically we were converting well. I think, just in general, the first eight to 11 minutes of the basketball game, I was very pleased that we were finding ways to create some easy baskets.’ We were making quality conversions. I think that was important to making a statement early with Washington and make them have to work to climb out of a hole.”

 

On K-State’s defense providing momentum...

“I think, no matter who we play, that would be a priority for us. If we can jump on somebody, it’s just to our advantage all the way around. We’re not necessarily thinking anything except how to compete in the game. No matter what it is we’re looking to bring to the floor, and I think by and large, we can be more successful as a basketball team when we’re more aggressive. I like the fact that we’re learning early in the season to be the asserters.”

 

On Shalee Lehning’s game...

“I think she was phenomenal. I think that something both Lehning and (Kimberly) Dietz established on the perimeter right from the get-go was that we were going to be very good, solid defensively and aggressive. Everything that Dietz and Lehning brought early in that basketball game was what great players bring. They both continue to compete at that level the entire game. Their numbers were tremendous, but more than anything, I just think the manner in which they competed in that game really put us in position to win. They’re just two phenomenal perimeter players that brought their very best game to the floor.”

 

On getting touches in the post...

“In the first half, I didn’t feel as though we were getting our posts the number of touches we had hoped to get early in the game. Dietz was getting to the line. Lehning was getting to the rim, and Dietz was getting to the rim. We were getting some touches but not at the level I think that over the course of the game we had hoped we would get and ultimately get. What I liked about our team tonight was we went through that drought where we weren’t getting the ball in the paint and getting post touches. When we got a couple early in the first half, we weren’t adjusting well to their physical style of play. But everyone made the adjustment. Shana Wheeler came in and got very athletic and made the adjustment. Marlies (Gipson) made the adjustment, created some space, made some short 5-6 footers. Ashley (Sweat) got more agile. So I just felt like, overall, that I was pleased with was the fact that our post players were willing to change how they played over the course of the game. And I think they were different players in the first half than the second half, and they were better in the second half.”

 

On the play of the freshmen...

“I was really pleased with the play of our freshmen. I thought that, when they had their opportunity on the floor, they stepped up well. Jackie (Stanley) learned a few lessons tonight, particularly in dealing with a big, strong physical player and learning how to play against that kind of size.”