Creighton Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Jim Flanery
Overall thoughts on the game...
“Well, we had a hard time stopping them (K-State). We played here three years ago and I think we gave up 94 points as well. We talked about transition defense and I said that was probably one of the two keys to the game. A lot of times until you get yourself into a situation where you are being forced to run back at the level that they force you to run back, transition defense doesn’t register. It took a long time for that to click on how hard you have to sprint to get back and match up against them because they are a great transition team. It’s not just transition lay-ups, but once you’re back and matched up all of a sudden Dietz is open on the wing, or Coggins or Zanotti. They are a really balanced team and we knew that. I didn’t expect us to score the number of points that we did. If you would have told me that we would score close to 80 points, I would have thought that we would have a really good chance to win. ”

 

On his team’s overall strategy coming into the game...

“I think we put a lot of focus on Coggins and Dietz in terms of just how quickly they can get going on offense. We wanted to take away the three-point line. We wanted to give a little bit of help onto Marlies Gipson inside, but not a ton and then we wanted to be able to rebound the ball.”

 

On key players being able to step up and lead the team...

“We need Kristina Voss to step up. I was definitely pleased with her. She is a sophomore who played eight or nine minutes a game last year and she has to be a force for us. Tonight was a little bit of a coming out party for her. I really liked the way she competed to try and get the ball at the low post. I thought she was as aggressive in working to catch the ball as I have ever seen her and I am not just talking about game situations but in practice too. Ally Thrall is just a great competitor and she has really improved as a player. She is far and away the kid on our team that is going to be able to perform well, particularly early in the year and on the road against good teams. We have to have her set the tone and be a leader and compete. Her skills have improved too, it’s not just that she is a competitor and a leader but she has also become a lot more of a scorer than she was two years ago as a freshman. She is a really, really hard worker and she is going to be a great player in our league.”