Selection Show Quotes

Selection Show Quotes
Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes


Head Coach Jeff Mittie
On nerves while waiting to be announced…
“You know I was, but even being though this process before. Even with this team and you could see the body language change. There was only a certain amount of spots left. We were going to be an eight or a nine seed or possibly a 10 or 11. There were only a certain number of spots left on the board. I do not know a lot about George Washington, but we will find out a lot tonight.”

On expectations with the team…
“I have always tried not to put limitations on any team, so you know how difficult it is to make these kinds of jumps. You do not take it for granted either. I am pleased with the progress. I am so happy for this group that our name showed up. Out of all the teams that I have coached over the years, this team has come in every day. Even in this week of limbo where you do not know anything. We practiced at 6 a.m., all week and they were fantastic. They have taken that attitude of getting better every day and they have been just fantastic.”

On losing in the Big 12 tournament…
“You want Charlie Creme to be right, because he has you in the bracket. You also know there were a lot of tournaments. All the majors on the women’s side go very early, so the tournaments were ending. There were still some stuff to play. Like the Big 10 tournament was still going, and there was still action in the Pac 12 stuff. I was paying attention to all of those. This bubble year there was a lot of teams just like us. I can show you a crazy looking sheet, and there are a lot of teams just like us on here. You do not know what the committee is going to value. At the end I thought our strength of schedule was a strength. I thought the fact that we beat everyone that we were supposed to based on your RPI. I thought the league was pretty strong.”

On strength of the Big 12…
“I do not think it is the best I have seen, but I think this year was a very good year. Going forward I think our league could be really good next year. The teams at the top are very strong. I think the teams at the bottom are getting better, but I think it was a very good year for the league.”

On how playing Connecticut at the start of the season…
“Well sure, but I think when you are in the Big 12 you have a Baylor and at Texas you are at places. South Carolina has a tremendous team and a tremendous fan base. I think because UConn was an early experience for our team, I hope that experience carries over to a game like that and I hope we are fortunate enough to play in a game like that.”


Center Breanna Lewis
On her reaction…
“I had a delayed reaction. I saw our name on there, but it did not really sink in until I saw all my teammates cheering, so it was just so exciting. One of the best feelings I have ever experienced ever in basketball. It is really unexplainable. You are just waiting and seeing all of the teams come up, and once you see it, it is just a moment of a feeling that you will never forget.”

On the team deserving the bid…
“I feel like more than ever with this team this group of seniors we deserve it more than anything. I felt like we worked hard, and played great teams. We played great basketball I feel like. For the seniors this is what they have been waiting on. As a junior being able to experience this and with my college career almost over. I would rather have it now than never.”


Guard Megan Deines
On advice she would give to the team going forward…
“Just to enjoy everything. You only get one for sure game, so just enjoy it and be as prepared as possible. I would just tell them to enjoy the ride.”

On where the team is at preparing for the game…
“The start of the Big 12’s were not very good for us. Coach, made some changes on defense and on offense and since then we have just been getting better every game. From the West Virginia game he told us today that we did not beat ourselves. We played a great game it was just they were better than us. At this point it is just being ready for each game.”


Guard Kindred Wesemann
On prepping for the first round…
“I do not think our coaches were ready and if they were they did not tell us. We had absolutely no idea who we would be playing, like any sort of idea. That was important for us, because we got to go home for two days over spring break over this weekend. That was important for us to not have anything basketball related on our minds for a couple days. Then come back today and work really hard in that practice. Like I said we will have a scout tomorrow and we will be going through some stuff on George Washington.”

On staying sharp from the last game…
“We had a pretty rough practice today in terms of offense. It was not that great, but after two days off that is usually how it goes. I think mentally we are staying pretty sharp. We have to get back in there and get some confidence, but I think we are ready to go.”


Guard Shaelyn Martin
On the week off…
“It was kind of hard not to think about it, because we had so much time before the selection was made. We knew we put ourselves in a good position. Like [Jeff] Mittie said we put our resume out there for them to see. We were just trusting in that and trusting in what we have shown throughout the season and our progression. We just tried to come in last week and focus on the things that we could control and see where it led us.”

On Megan Deines and the seniors getting to go to the NCAAs…
“I am so excited for her. She has been a great addition to our team and to go out and be in a NCAA Tournament. I say that for all of our seniors. They have worked so hard throughout their four years. I could not see a better way to end than in the tournament.”


Guard Bri Craig
On her senior year…
“It was not really how I thought my senior year was going to go. Getting to the tournament was something that we were planning on doing since the beginning of the season. Even after the season last year not being one of the teams that were able to see our names on the screen. This year seeing that all our hard work has paid off.”

On making the WNIT last year and how it affected this year…
“I remember Coach [Jeff] Mittie telling us in the room where we were watching it last year. We wanted to be one of those teams that had their name up there next year, and we did not want it to be a question. That was really the springboard for us in off season training and in pre-season. Just knowing that was the ultimate goal for our team was to get there.”


Guard Kayla Goth
On the emotions while watching the show…
“They were up and down. It was very nerve wracking. A lot of us expected to be in that South Bend region, so when we did not come up I think the stress went up a little bit more. When our name did show up it was one of the most exciting moments.”

On if she thought the team was in the tournament…
“It is something that you work for each season. It is what you want to get to. Being here as a freshman and being able to do it my first year is big. They have worked for it, they have worked for it for four years, and I get to be a part of it my first year.”