Kansas State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening thoughts...

“I thought this was a game in which we established that we were going to defend the ball at a high level and I certainly like the defensive intensity that we brought to the floor in the second half. Late in the fist half we started to give up some easy looks, particularly at 15 feet. Our players went in at halftime and made a nice adjustment there. We needed to step it up on the boards from the first half to the second half and I saw us do that. One of the positive aspects of this game was the transition and adjustments our team made as they took the floor early in the first half relative to points of emphasis we knew we wanted to address. A good game defensively for us.

 

“I think this team, in the second half, established that they were going to be more intelligent on the offensive end of the floor and we began to play a little higher percentage basketball in the second half. I thought our shooting percentage reflects that.”

 

On a flurry of early substitutions in the game...

“I don’t think there was any particular purpose aside from us just wanting to assert early that I wasn’t going to let people get in foul trouble. We had some early, quick first fouls and we had some possessions where we’d sit around and weren’t active boxing out. I just felt like this was going to be a game, over the course of 40 minutes, where hopefully we could play a lot of people. We wanted to look at some combinations and see how we responded to quick substitutions, especially when we saw people get quick, first fouls. Usually I don’t respond to fouls until the second one, but today I wanted to see how we responded.”

 

On Marlies Gipson’s play...

She’s just been tremendous, very consistent. The thing that’s impressive is that she is competing over the long haul of a game. There might be ebbs and flows, highs and lows in a game, but she’s not allowing herself to get too high or too at any point in the game. She’s competing her minutes very, very efficiently, very effectively and that stability is very, very important to a basketball team - especially from a post player. You know what you’re going to get out of Marlies. You’re going to get good basketball decisions. You’re going to get aggressive play. Whether she’s looking to score the ball, be a passer or rebounder, the contribution just about every touch is very positive for the basketball team.”

 

On the balanced scoring attack...

“I think that’s what these early season games provide us an opportunity to get some balance, to get players a little more comfortable in the framework of offense, to maybe play through some shots that should go in but aren’t going in. This tournament was a good experience for us in that. It’s true of your perimeters too they’re taking tough shots. We want to minimize those nights where we shut down as shooters because they’re not going in. I thought our decisions as shooters were very good tonight. I think a lot of shot that would typically go in for us didn’t go in, especially in the first half. When we can get that kind of balance it gives us a chance to be a better basketball team.