Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement...
“I think that’s a quality win against a very strong program in Creighton. I was pleased with the fact that we were able to utilize everyone again tonight and gave some opportunities for players to get some quality minutes in the framework of our system. I think that we’re still continuing to build an understanding of what’s going to make us effective on the offensive end of the floor. Obviously we had another great game from Marlies Gipson and Claire Coggins Claire was very big for us in the early stages of the game when we gave her a lot of touches so I think that was very encouraging. We got great defense and board work out of Cliare tonight as well. I think we’re beginning to see, with Coggins and with Kimberly Dietz, a higher level of comfort out there on the basketball floor. That was something after the last game that we were in pursuit of. I’m very pleased with that and with the consistency of Gipson. I thought with Danielle Zanotti as well, she had a very big game for us. Her minutes in the second half were very high quality minutes in terms of the work phases of the game and that’s an area where we still need to make a commitment to getting significantly better at. We were beat on the boards, we shot the ball well, but I want us to be on the high end of the rebounding number every night out. I thought we did a better job of taking care of the ball in the second half as well, so some improvement there considering we played a lot of players tonight.”

 

On Claire Coggins’ steal to jump start the offense in the second half...

“I think that’s where Claire stepped up big. I think she had great focus by and large tonight. That defensive steal sparked us, it was big. We came out very passive and just didn’t have the pop and assertiveness, the aggressiveness on the offensive end that we needed to have as we started the second half. Teams are going to exploit that. There’s nobody on our schedule that’s not going to jump on us if we’re playing passive. I think we regressed during that period of time and certainly its something we responded to. As we continue to go through the season those are the kind of gaps that can change a game. We’ve got to continue to bring great attention to that and a real high level of accountability and hope that we’ll continue to improve there.”

 

On getting a quick lead in the first half...

“I was pleased. I thought we were moving the ball well. We brought a lot of energy. Obviously it’s great if you jump out to a big lead but it’s rare that teams don’t make runs back at you. For us the challenge is just to continue to build on leads, to understand how we got it, and to make big stops. We played like it’s early in the season. We had some very good, high quality minutes offensively and defensively and then we had some lulls. We had a lot of inconsistencies that we’re looking to tighten up and to bring a great focus over the course of 40 minutes. It’s our second game and we’re still playing a little bit like that. Every game that’s your next game is the one to rival and get you. You’ve got to be consistent against the quality of teams that we’re playing here in the non-conference it’s not going to get any easier. The challenges just get greater and greater.”

 

On being out-rebounded...

“That’s a disappointing number. Obviously Creighton did the work on the offensive boards. It was a real concern over there of ours that a lot of their offensive rebounds on any given possession were two and three put backs in the paint. That’s an area in which we have to convert. (Shana Wheeler and Naytanda Smith), two of our most athletic players, have to make an impact as they come off the bench as rebounders. Those of us that are on the floor big chunks of minutes have to build those rebounding numbers. I’m very concerned that we’ve got to get better at our discipline on the defensive end of the floor when it comes to limiting teams second and third shot opportunities. I think that’s a mindset and a discipline more than anything else. The offensive boards, I think we’re more than capable of going to get those but we’re being a little passive there. We’ve got to get better on the boards. We have to commit to that.”