Kansas State Coach Qutoes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening statement...
“We had great games from our foundation players. I think these two, (Shalee) Lehning and (Marlise) Gibson, dominated the game with their presence on the offensive and defensive end. When you have a backline player like Marlise and a frontline player like Lehning, whether it be on the offensive or defensive side of the floor, right now they are just taking care of business on each possession. With that we are given a chance to be extremely competitive. I am particularly impressed with the consistency that these two players are bringing to the floor in terms of leading, being accountable, and making quality plays on both ends of the floor. I think with this kind of a team that is still trying to figure out how to play, these two players give us a chance to be competitive on both ends of the floor.”

On the scoring of Shalee Lehning...
“I think she is capable of being whatever the game requires and I think that is what is special. I do not think she is preoccupied to get her (points). We have a core group of players that are about the team and they are about that possession. We have a point guard here that can score the ball in any number of ways and that is a tremendous weapon. Gibson and Lehning are not enough. You have to have five players out there getting the job done.”

On UTA’s performance...
“I think they played a good basketball game. This kid, Simmons (Tamara), played a great game. The reality is that you find a way to win the game. The game is not about one player unless you lose the game and then the game becomes about that kid. I think Danielle Zanotti played well defensively on (Simmons) and we have a team that has answers on the defensive end of the floor for that type of player. We may not matchup well early in the game with an opponent but we do have answers all across our team. We have to learn to compete in games and I think tonight Danielle Zanotti was that answer for us defensively.”

On the status of replacing Kimberly Dietz...
“We are coming around. I think the true test will come when we get into Big 12 play. We are talking to our team now about elevating our level of expectation because I feel we are at a level that we can afford to do that. The true test is when you live those moments and we still have a ways to go but as a group we are learning there are ways to impact the game to win basketball games. That is the key to this team is raising the level of expectations because we are not going to be able to replace Kimberly (Dietz) player by player, but as a team we can find an answer to replacing Dietz. You don’t necessarily do that by trying to make a three, you do that by making up a possession on the defensive end or go hard for a rebound across the floor.”