K-State WBB Hosts Annual Media Day

Watch: Coach Mittie's Press Conference


MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's basketball hosted its annual media day on Thursday in the Ice Family Basketball Center. The following is a transcript of head coach Jeff Mittie's press conference, along with quotes from a few of the Wildcats.


K-State Basketball Media Day
Women’s Head Coach Jeff Mittie

Head Coach Jeff Mittie

Opening statement…
“It seems a lot different than a year ago with having a little more time, I think we are farther along in that regard. I thought we had a good solid summer, but we have a lot of new faces and that has probably been one of the things that has been interesting is with all the new faces, there is a phase of where everybody is at. You have the returners that are at a whole other level of what they can process and do in practice and then you have that young group that still is not there and that has been challenging. It is a different challenge than a year ago where everyone was on the same learning curve. That has probably given us the biggest challenge going forward. I think our young group is where they need to be, with the exception of a few injuries and those kind of things because we have been a little more banged up than we were a year ago. All-in-all I think we had a good summer and I think we have had a good early fall. Practice the first two weeks has not been as good as I would have liked. At the same point I think we are still making decent progress.”

On feeling more comfortable with size of team…
“I do not know that you ever feel that way the first two weeks of practice. I thought last year’s group did some very good things and made some good strides. I think our roster is getting closer to the way I like it in terms of our size across the board but we are still not as versatile. Let me address a few things. Lanie Page is going to medically redshirt, I think everyone knows that, but she had shoulder surgery maybe three weeks ago, four weeks ago at some point, so she will redshirt. Kayla Goth is coming off the ACL, so this freshman class is a little banged up in that regard and that has hurt their progress. Goth is not cleared yet. We are hoping she gets cleared around that October 20 mark. Cheyenne Hooper suffered an injury in practice a week ago. It appears she is going to be back in a week or so and Jess Sheble has been out. They are all on that same time frame, a week from now. Hopefully we will get back to full strength. We do not have a complete picture of the roster and how all those pieces fit together because we have been pretty banged up here the first couple weeks of practice. We are actually at 10 healthy bodies and we have three that are hopefully back in a week and Lanie Page is obviously out right now.”

On Breanna Lewis’ progression…
“Bre had a great summer. She played on the Athletes in Action team that toured Poland. She went up against professionals; 6’8, 6’9, I think one was 6’10. She has made tremendous progress in the half court. Her skillset continues to get better and better. The early couple weeks of practice it has been a mixed bag for her. In going into the full court, we are trying to play quicker than we did a year ago and that has given her some early struggles right now. There is no question, when people see her they are going to see a different player in terms of her footwork, they are going to see a different player right hand, left hand. I think she is poised to have a big year.”

On Megan Deines…
“I had recruited Megan four or five years ago. She falls under that grad school rule of she graduated early from Louisville and had a year remaining. We had a need, in that with Goth’s injury to her ACL back in February, we were not real sure. We just felt like it was the right fit for us. She had a tremendous experience at Louisville. She played in the national championship game her freshman year, was a reserve player for them throughout her career. She is a talented player. She is going to give us a good option at both the guard and the forward spot; she has good size and a good feel for the game. She is behind though. That is the one thing, she had to stay to graduate so she did not get on campus school started here in late August.”


Kansas State Player Quotes

Junior Guard Kindred Wesemann
On comfort in the point guard position…
“I feel really comfortable running it. I know almost all of the options now which is a good thing as a point guard so that you know what you can do and what you cannot do. It will just be different. I know how to find my shots more in the offense more than I did a year ago, so that will be another good thing for us.”

On sharing the ball with the offense…
“It is tough because you feel like you have the ball all the time. I feel like I should pass the ball more but if somebody is not open then you cannot pass it to them. Dribbling the ball into the offense and getting in there is important. Our forwards and our posts are doing a really good job now of getting open and being available for the point guards. Timing and repetition are just something we have to work on.”

On the new freshmen…
“All the freshmen are really showing that they are freshmen right now. It is crazy and it is the second week of practice so you cannot expect a whole lot from them because they are still trying to get their bearings. We are still trying to push them to be the best that they can be and leave the mistakes in the past because you do not want to dwell on them. That is the worst thing you can do, especially as a freshman. Our newcomer, Megan [Deines], has been unreal. She sort of replaces Ashia [Woods] in a way. She adapts to everything that we throw at her and she almost knows the entire offense right now. She is working on it and it is something that will take time, but she already has a lot of it down which is wonderful.

Sophomore Forward Kaylee Page
On her game…
“I shoot the three but I also have been stretching my game out so that I can play the inside. That is what a lot of the offseason has been working on is being able to go inside and outside. That has been a really big focus.”

On running out onto the court for the first time as a Wildcat…
“I am pretty sure I will be sweating and really excited and will have all of the butterflies in my stomach. I have had a lot of people that I went to high school with tell me that they are going to come and watch the games or get season tickets so I hope people will come to our games, especially some of the people that I played against in high school.”

On having an extra semester of practice…
“It helped a lot to be able to get to know my teammates and getting to know Coach Mittie’s style and getting to know the offense. When people first come in they have that pressure to learn how to play but I did not have that pressure and I could just get in and get better and not have to worry about all of that extra stuff.”

Senior Guard Megan Deines
On her time at K-State so far…
“I like it a lot. I am still learning the offense and how many options there are and how much freedom we have within the offense. It is an adjustment.”

On coming in as a senior…
“As a freshman you get to build your way up. You get to know your teammates, but it takes three or four years to build respect. Coming here I was thrown into the fire and you get to know your coaches and a new program and a new system so this is a new adjustment.”

On choosing K-State…
“It is closer to home. K-State was one of my top three schools coming in as a senior. I really like the school and coach Mittie was recruiting me to TCU so I knew him and I just felt like this was the perfect fit within the school, program and the coach.”

Sophomore Guard Shaelyn Martin
On improvements from last year…
“My confidence has definitely improved from last year from gaining the experience of last year. Getting to know the coaching staff and the style of play and how the system works has really carried into this year for me to make more improvements from last year.”

On looking back on freshman year…
“Coming in I was hoping I would get the opportunity to play a few minutes a game. That was my mindset the entire summer and the entire preseason, that I would work as hard as I could and earn what I could. That first game when my name was on the board it showed that my hard work had paid off and I continued to work hard to make sure I maintained that position.”

On offseason work…
“I have been working on a lot of outside shooting and various types of finishing. Hopefully with the new rules I can get to the foul line a little more.”