Postgame Quotes vs. OSU

Head Coach Jeff Mittie
Opening statement…
“I thought it was a really hard fought win. Points were hard to come by. Oklahoma State is, I think, an excellent defensive team and we had trouble finding points tonight. Our group was really resilient and they found a way to win the game. They made some big plays and enough plays down the stretch. I felt like defensively that was our best performance.”

On the last six minutes defensively…
“I thought we were pretty good down there. There were not a lot of open shots by them. I thought we were pretty good. I thought we did a great job on [Brittney] Martin all night. I thought Kaylee Page really rebounded the ball well. I thought our group was fighting hard and scrapping. I thought they were locked in.”

On the end of the game run…
“It is unusual. When they miss 14 shots, you probably ought to make more than 10 points during that run, quite frankly. But tonight was a night like that. We had our bad stretch at the end of the third. We could not find a bucket or anything easy. I do not know what their run ended up being, but we were fortunate that we found enough of a run at the right time of the game because it was a hard night to find points. Our group hung in there and kept fighting, scrapping and believing that they would find some points and they made some big buckets down the stretch."

Guard Kindred Wesemann
On her late 3-pointer…
“I was excited. It was either [Breanna] Lewis or Kaylee [Page] that set me a really good screen. The girl went under, so I just shot it. I could hear [Coach Mittie] over there saying, ‘Be ready to hit it.’ So I just let it go and it went in. The run was awesome. The energy that the crowd brought was unbelievable and you could just feel it. It was a really exciting game.”

Forward Shaelyn Martin
On their first conference win…
“We have really improved even though we did not start the season we wanted to in the win-loss regard. This definitely shows that we made those changes since the beginning of the season and I think we are just going to progress from there. Now we have our first win under our belt, so I think it will just go up from there.”

Head Coach Jim Littell
Opening Statement…
“A very tough loss on our part. Give the K-State kids credit for just continuing to come back and come back. I believe we led by nine with seven and a half minutes to go and then I thought we got in a mode that we were playing not to lose instead of playing to win and just quit attacking. Quit attacking in transition, quit attacking at the box and post players did not post very hard and we missed our last 14 shots. You are not going to win anywhere on the road when you miss your last 14 shots. I think we scored a free throw with five something to go to take a seven point lead. We had done a pretty good job on (Kindred) Wesemann for the most part of the night and then we lost assignments, but you hold someone to 47 points you should win but just really disappointed that we went from an attack mode to a passive, lets-not-lose mode. Maybe that is the inexperience that we have on the floor.”

On K-State’s defense…
“K-State did a good job defensively and when you run a chaser defense, other people have to step up and pick up the slack and make shots and we did not do that. I mean, 4-of-22 from three and 24.6 percent overall. I thought we had some people take shots that were not their shots. Our shot selection was very questionable in the last seven minutes of the game. We had some people think they were three shooters at the end of the game and when you are struggling, you cannot compound it by trying to do something that you do not normally do.”

On K-State’s shooting…
“It is very disappointing. These are games that if you want to be in the NCAA tournament at the end of the year and you are up by nine with seven minutes to go, you have to finish them. It is highly disappointing that you do not do that. Someone has got to step up and make a play. Their kids stepped up and made a play, we missed our last 14 shots. That is the difference in the ball game. I could look back and say I should have called this or I should have called that, but you would think that you would make a couple out of 14 to end the game and that is all it took was two or three extra made baskets to win the ball game. Again, I think we played not to lose instead of playing to win and someone else has got to step up and contribute other than Brittney Martin.