Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement...
“That’s a very intelligent, tough-minded, competitive Wyoming basketball team that obviously brings a great deal of intelligence. (Jodi) Bolerjack was just unconscious from the three point line. They’re so intelligent on the offensive end. They maximize every possession and find a way over 30 seconds to exploit you. I was proud down the stretch of our defense stops in the overtime and thought that really the play of our posts on the defensive end of the floor and the blocked shots were absolutely huge in the game tonight.”

 

On Shana Wheeler’s play...

“It was a real breakout game for Shana (Wheeler), she was a presence on both ends. Defensively I thought she completely changed the game both with her blocks and her switches and her ability to go get boards. On the offensive end it was just great to see her asserting herself and cleaning up the boards giving us an opportunity for second shots. She finished the night with seven boards, was a big step up at the free throw line, and was a presence inside. It was just a really overall great game, a very balanced game by Shana tonight, very aggressive. I think it’s a sign of what we’ll see as she continues to have the opportunity to get back a feel for playing. Tonight was a tremendous all around game for her.”

 

On having momentum after the three, going into overtime...

“You certainly have a great deal of emotion and momentum. We did score the quick shot I think Dietz hit a quick shot along the baseline but Wyoming, being the team that they are, came down and answered right away with a couple. Obviously, when you have new life, you’re team gains a whole new level of pop and commitment to finding a win. This team has been in a lot of overtime situations in the last couple years and today came out with a real quality win. It took a lot of character by individual players stepping up Claire with the big three, Marlies with the big three, Shana cleans up on the boards, Lehning gets some big rebounds, Dietz is hitting jump shots. It was individuals stepping up on any given possession to give us some space.” 

 

On what went through her mind as Coggins’ shot was in the air...

“Prayer. At that point you’re just praying that ball will go in. As soon as it left, it had such a strength and a lift to it, that it felt like oh my gosh, it has a chance.’ To expect it to go in would be sort of surreal but I think seeing it released before the buzzer was the first awesome thought that went through my mind. We got the shot off. Then when it went in, it was just chaos in terms of the emotion you feel.”