Kansas State vs. Nebraska Postgame Quotes

Jan. 22, 2011

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement…
“It is an exciting win for us at home in front of a great crowd that came today, the 4-H group in particular. They filled the stands with their green shirts again, it was awesome, and all of the K-State fans were a big part of this win. We beat a great program. I thought the story of the day for us was our ability to be so accountable on the defensive end of the floor. We were very focused individually and as a team. Everybody was unbelievably focused at doing their job. I think that we made the game difficult for them on the offensive end of the floor and that was a big key for us today.”

On holding Nebraska to the lowest point total in 35 years…
“It is something that is really fitting for this team to achieve. I think that our signature all year long has been that this group was going to be tough-minded defensively. We have established that through this season up to this point. They are really buying into their potential and ability to do that. Having done that here at home today is very significant and is also a compliment to the type of ball they have really been building their team around this year.”

On Mariah White’s performance in the second half…
“Mariah was just very difficult to play against today if she was defending you. She had a lot of deflections from behind, she was good at containment, and I think she really harassed and kept the ball handlers disrupted.”

On the team’s preparation for Nebraska…
“I thought that our team was very focused in preparation for this game. Today at shoot-around they looked terrific. I think that they are getting an understanding after four games of league play how to really prepare mentally for a game. It does not mean you are going to go on a 17-0 run, I think we were on it and came out with energy. I think the energy was lacking a little against Missouri, but we set that aside and our basketball team was ready to play today. Fortunately we made shots, but a lot of that was because of the intensity that we are establishing as a group.”

Sophomore guard Brittany Chambers
On her offensive production…
“I got some open looks early in the game and fortunately I hit them which is a good way to start the game and also they were really focusing on Jalana (Childs) in the post, they were double-teaming her and Mariah (White) set good screens and all of the players were setting good screens and allowing me to get open and like I said fortunately they went in today.”

On playing Nebraska for the last time…
“Last year we lost to them three times, that alone was enough motivation but on top of that we knew it was the last time they would play here and we wanted to end on a good note.”

Nebraska Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Connie Yori

Opening Statement…
“I think K-State played well. Their defense obviously bothered us. We could not get anything going offensively. Deb (Patterson) and their staff do a good job of trying to find weaknesses and I thought they found some things that were weak for us. We were not able to take advantage of the things they were giving us, particularly with switching screens. We are a team that cannot go 2-13 from the 3-point line and have a chance to win. (Brittany) Chambers had a good game. She went 1-of-10 last game so we expected her to play well and she did unfortunately. We did not expect her to get 26. I thought we did good on the battle of the boards but other than that there was not a positive statistic for us. What K-State did defensively really bothered us.”

On the shooting woes…
“What they did defensively took us out of rhythm and we did not get the shot we wanted, but when we did we just did not make them.”

On the aggressiveness from K-State…
“They were more aggressive then probably I have seen them all year. Traditionally, K-State has been a team that goes by the 3-point line but their depth this year allows them to be more aggressive. More aggressive than we expected them to be. We needed to cut harder and when they switched screens we needed to take advantage of the mismatches.”