K-State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening statement...
“It was great to be home again. I felt really pleased with the way we stepped up on our offensive execution shooting the basketball and really did a nice job of being efficient offensively. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on efficiency this past week. It’s good to see a lot of combinations of people play together and still sustain that kind of quality. I liked the game that I saw out of Ashley Sweat today. She played in a lot of different rotations and really stepped up and asserted herself as a leader and that’s very good for our basketball team. It’s unique to every other player on the team to experience a lot of different scenarios and she stepped up as a young sophomore who leads on the basketball floor.”

 

On Friday’s game...

“The commitment that we made to finishing plays and our offensive execution made a difference at the foul line. We’ve had a better performance at the foul line. Today our team stepped up and shot over 85 percent (from the foul line). They have an expectation to continue to do that all season long. To me that was our number one. Offensive execution was two.

 

On Kari Kincaid’s play...

“She’s playing in a rhythm of her offense. She’s playing a lot like what we would ask of Kimberly Dietz. Both Dietz and Kincaid are able to swing from the one and two position well. She continues to sustain understanding of the offense. We know she has great range. At the same time what is impressive is her overall basketball intelligence. She’s not built like Kimberly (Dietz) but she is able to score in a variety of ways.”

 

On her K-State’s defensive effort...

“We continue to be very efficient on the defensive end. With the exception of the 6-foot-9 kid from Michigan State, our defense has been exceptional this year. We are holding teams to 40 percent from the floor and that’s going to be a very, very big part of putting us in position to be successful. I like our defense from every aspect. If you can hold teams to under 40 percent and play all your athletes on the roster then you’ve got to feel pretty good. That’s been a pattern here at Kansas State. I think our players take pride in it. They work extremely hard day in and day out. They’re bringing that right now to the floor.”

 

On the second group coming in...

“It wasn’t a negative evaluation of the first group. The second group worked extremely hard all week long and felt confident in what they brought to the floor. We wanted to make sure that if this game went on; I gave players off the bench the ability to work with the group. Our emphasis was to improve our offense and in my mind, before the game started, I thought I’d give the first group five or six minutes and then put the second group in there and see how we responded throughout the course of the game. We mixed those two groups up a little bit in the second half.”