Postgame Quotes

Postgame Quotes
Pittsburg State vs. Kansas State | November 9, 2015


Head Coach Jeff Mittie
Opening statement…

“I thought Pittsburg State outplayed us. They obviously outcoached us. I think in every form they really outplayed us. We are fortunate we shot better than them and that is why we won. My concern right now is that one of the things I had always been proud of was our effort, but I think that is one of the most disappointing things about tonight. One of the most concerning things about tonight is that our effort was not very good. We really should have been beat tonight, quite frankly. But, we did not. Kindred [Wesemann] made some big plays down the stretch. That was good, but it was not a night that I would look back on and have a lot of pride in how we played the game tonight.” 

On Kindred Wesemann’s second half…

“I think Kindred was trying to get her teammates to play harder in the second half. I saw good leadership with her out there so those things please me the most."

On the lack of effort…

“I am concerned with it. I am concerned with our aggressiveness as a whole. It was the second game in a row with free throws  - where Pitt State has one foul in the fourth quarter and we shoot eight free throws on the night. We had three starts, again, that do not shoot a free throw. Those things are a lack of aggressiveness. I do not know if that is a blimp or not. We seem to want easy answers and there are not any.”

On Pitt State’s 3-point shooting…

“Well, they shot it a lot. They shot 25 percent, but the problem is 21 offensive rebounds because we did not chase the ball very well so really did not have a lot of risk with the misses. When we go back and look on the film, we will probably see two or three of the 3-pointers come off of those offensive rebounds. I thought our defense at times was okay. They hit 10 3-pointers, but they shot it 39 times and that is a lot of attempts. We got too spread at times. We have to make sure that we are coaching them well enough that confusion is not slowing our effort down.  That is the one thing we must make sure of – that we are not causing our own issues as coaches. That is where I have to look in the mirror and do a better job to help them. I thought our effort was better in the second half. I thought Shaelyn [Martin] was better in the second half. Kayla Goth gave us a big lift in the second half, but she was awfully tired. She has only been two weeks into practice, full contact, but I really thought she did a lot of good things for a freshman. She has the ability to play different spots and she has good instincts with spacing. She is a smart player and she gave us a big lift in the second half.”

Guard Kindred Wesemann

On leading the team…

“I was just kind of being that close to them. If I could have done more, like helping us go on a 15-4 run, that would have been ideal, but that did not really happen either. I just did whatever I needed to do to help my team win.” 

On making a run down eight points…

“I do not really think that I felt it was getting away. Honestly, I was not paying that close of attention. I knew that we were down, but we just needed to play a lot harder and somebody was going to have to step up to give us some energy. Like coach said with Kayla Goth, I felt like I had never heard her scream and after I made some shots, I just heard some random scream. I tried to figure out who it was and it was her. I was like oh, we do have somebody with energy on the floor. She kind of helped me with energy, too.”

Forward Shaelyn Martin

On team energy…

“Yes, I wish our energy was better. We kind of got in a lull, but like Kindred said, Kayla brought a lot of energy in. I think the players did a good job off the bench coming in. I think we played a lot better in the second half, which gave us a lot of energy and our effort increased a little. It is still not where we want it, but it is something we can improve on before our next game.” 

Head Coach Lane Lord

On playing a team that runs a zone defense…

“We do not see much zone in our league. We played KU on Sunday. It gave us seven days to work on zone, which maybe one or two teams in our 14 play zone. We got some good looks tonight. I was really proud of our effort. Obviously, we feel like we have really good shooters, but 10-39 is not great. That being said, they are going to speed you up with their length and athleticism.”

On how he feels this game will help the team…

“We just wanted to come in and compete, and now we can say for four quarters. Against KU the other night, we played for about 24 minutes and really did not compete in the fourth quarter. I thought tonight we competed the whole game and gave ourselves a chance, one possession game, with a minute to go. All learning experiences for our group. We have a really young team with two juniors, two seniors and the rest are freshman. It is a great learning experience for us. I want to thank Coach [Jeff] Mittie for giving us the opportunity to us and Washburn to come and play this year. All these kids were not recruited by K-State, and obviously it is a big thrill for them to come in here and compete well.”

Guard Mikaela Burgess
On how she felt she played… 
“It was an exciting game to come out here. You do not get to see that level of competition every day. Just being able to compete at this level, even though we did not come out on top, gives us the confidence boost going into North Dakota, where we play this week. We still competed how we wanted to.”

On the confidence boost going into the season…
“We talked in the locker room, these teams that we played, KU last week and K-State this week, it is just a different level of basketball. It is just a different level of athletes. Our league is competitive and tough, but competing with teams at this level gives us that confidence that we need moving forward.”