Kansas State vs. Texas Tech Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Quotes
Head coach Jeff Mittie

On keeping intensity during blowout…
“I think they are a hard team too, because they kind of play that way in terms of pushing the basketball. They will get a crazy pace at times and it will resemble more of a pickup type game. We had trouble staying in our fundamentals during that stretch. The bench had trouble mentally coming in after watching a big lead. If you come in and the pace is not crazy, you kind of settle in to the game. They came right in to the crazy pace and that was hard for them to play. I would have liked to see them play better. I know they wanted to play better too, but we had a big lead and I am glad. We were able to rest some players. I think rest is important, but we can rest in May. I think more important in a game like that is that we get out of there without an injury or something like that. They had their kid go down and we were just fortunate that we did not hit heads with her. We were fortunate to come out of that one without a significant injury.”

On Breanna Lewis’ improving free throws…
“It is always different for a center, especially for her, because she is a back to the basket player. It is not like she is practicing 15-foot jumpers a ton. Some players are shooting that shot a lot, so she has to get extra work in, because she is not getting that other work at 15 feet. When she comes in and works individually, it is going to be left hook, right hook or other types of post moves. She has to get extra work in there and she has done a good job with that. I have paid attention. She is getting a lot of extra shots up.”

On Kayla Goth…
“I think she did a good job attacking the boards. I thought she had a very similar game to how I felt the game was. She struggled at times offensively, but I was really pleased with how she rebounded. Her and Shaelyn Martin rebounded excellent. In the first half, both of them had like five or six rebounds. We need a lift from her. Kayla [Goth] is a player that can really give us a lift in all those areas. She handles the ball well. She can push the ball in tempo, and she has got some scoring ability. The rebounding is an area that has not been as good in conference as non-conference, but she seems to be picking up speed again.”

Center Breanna Lewis  
On improvement from the free throw line…
“I have tried to change some things from before. I just am getting back into the rhythm of shooting free throws, because I feel like it was because I was not getting enough free throws in. Now, I just incorporate more free throws into practice and out of practice.”

Guard Megan Deines
On coming out hard in the second half…
“I felt like we came out aggressive on both offense and defense. Other than that we were just getting rebounds and finishing shots also. It was just getting stops on defense, and executing on offense.”

On calling on her experience in the NCAA tournament…
“Just to finish strong. Our record might not show it, but we have played a lot of good teams. We played Connecticut at the beginning of the year. I guess just finishing strong.”


Texas Tech Head Coach Quotes
Head coach Candi Whitaker
Opening statement…
“We have struggled all year to really score the basketball and obviously that continued today. K-State makes it difficult changing up defenses as much as they do by showing different zones. It is good experience for our young players to play against multiple defenses. They learn from changing defenses throughout the game. I am really proud of Zuri Sanders for us. I thought she had a great game and helped us a ton off the bench.”

On K-State limiting their scoring…
“This is actually a higher percentage than we have had in quite some time. I thought we at times shot the ball better than we have, but again, they keep you out of balance because they change their defenses constantly from a diamond-and-one, to a three-two, to a two-three. Then maybe they will throw in a possession of man. So, you have to prepare for a lot when you play against them. When you have a team as young as we do with experience seeing that stuff, it keeps you out of rhythm.”

On slimming the margin…
“I thought that at times we battled back. We got a few shots to go down. I did not think we played very well defensively, particularly on the perimeter with keeping people in front. They always had an answer every time we did score and go on a run. Again, I just do not think we guarded the ball very well on the perimeter.”