Creighton Quotes

Head Coach Jim Flanery
On the way his team started the game...
“We made shots, which always helps. I told our kids, this is the fourth Big 12 team we’ve played, and I think when you play the schedule we play, you’re going to play with a certain amount of confidence. We just got done playing on the road at Oklahoma and I think our kids came out confident and we ran our stuff well. Kansas State is an experienced team and I thought they made good adjustments defensively. Our kids played hard. Part of it is that we didn’t make shots the whole game and part of it is that they made things more difficult as the game went on.”

On Chevelle Herring’s game...
“They (K-State) even had (Ashley) Sweat on her at the end. She’s tough to stay in front of. She’s a kid that was hurt for us last year. She was in the program for two years and then got to sit and watch, so I’m sure she was hungry to get better. She shoots the ball well enough, so she’s got confidence there. She’s quick, but really it’s more than that, she  can change directions real well, so she’s really tough to stay in front of and it makes it harder to get help.”

On containing Shalee Lehning...
“We put a bigger player on her, we played our 5’10” freshman on her. We played off of her, not that she can’t make threes, but that’s not what she does best. We just tried to stay in front of her. We showed enough film of just how good she is going by people and she’s really good at changing speeds, she’s got a great spin move. I just thought we were really attentive to how important it is to stay in front of her because wants she gets her teammates involved then everybody plays with confidence and in this building, you can’t let everybody play with confidence. She’s really good at enabling that because of how well she passes the ball.”

On playing the Big 12 in the non-conference...
“I told them, everybody plays a different schedule. We may be 2-5, but we’ve played a lot better schedule than a bunch of teams. To me it’s about getting better and there’s nothing that will prepare you better than going on the road and playing good teams and we’ve played two really good teams in a row on the road in very good environments and I think we’re battle tested. The frustrating thing from our standpoint is that we thought we were going to have a couple of injured kids that we don’t have. Then to lose our starting post player two minutes into the game, I’m proud of the way we battled because truthfully we’re a couple of players away from where I thought we’d be and we’re experienced enough to be competitive, but we haven’t been able to get over the hump.”

On Ashley Sweat taking over the game...
“I thought really took over the game down the stretch. They did a nice job of finding her and she did a nice job of being their go-to player. I thought (Marlies) Gipson was good throughout the game, but I thought Sweat, particularly in the last eight minutes was really the key factor for them.”