K-State Head Coach Deb Patterson Quotes

Opening statement...

“I think the thing I was most pleased with in tonight’s win was the fact that we stepped it up on the boards, from both the perimeter and our post players. That was a priority going into this game so I was glad to see that we answered that, especially when you begin to see the perimeter players are going to get some rebounds for us. I think that’s going to be very big and a critical element for us finding a way to win basketball games. That stands out in addition to just the quality balance that we brought to the floor tonight in terms of offensive production. Those two things were big positives. The second half defense was better than the first and that’s what we would hope we can go in, make a couple adjustments and get better. I think we did a better job of limiting their opportunities at the rim in the second half.”

 

On the aggressive defense early in the game setting the tone...

“I think taking advantage of the fact that that’s a young basketball team, keeping a lot of pressure on the ball early in their possessions was big and something that was important for us to assert that we were going to bring that kind of energy defensively. Individually and collectively, I thought our players did a nice job of playing to assignment but staying aggressive. (It was) good stuff from our defense, especially in the first six to eight minutes of the basketball game.”

 

On the second unit keeping the standard of play high...

“We made the early substitution in the first half, barely broke a sweat with that first group. We just wanted to be in a position early in the game to work on extending our pressure a little bit. We wanted to make some quick changes just so we could maintain the pressure with another group of five players out there getting that kind of experience extending the floor.”

 

On maintaining discipline in a lopsided game...

“I do feel, we’re playing a team that, possession by possession, we felt like we were dictating there’s no question. I think that the challenge is to stay both aggressive and disciplined in those scenarios. We leave the game with 12 turnovers, that shows that we managed the game. We didn’t let it get out of control in terms of getting careless even though we were dominating on most of our offensive possessions. That was impressive to me because we were playing so many people and they were playing major chunks of minutes. It’s easy to lose your rhythm or for things to get a little awry in those scenarios and I thought we did a fair job of taking care of the ball.”