Postgame Quotes

Jan. 25, 2012

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement…
“That game tonight was a classic example of one team playing extremely hard and battling for 40 minutes of the basketball game, as you have to do to be prepared for Big 12 play. I was impressed that Iowa State never doubted the fact that they would win the game. They stayed aggressive. They did a great job of turning around their personality from the first half to the second half as it related to rebounding. They pasted us on the boards, which I thought was a very critical aspect of the game as we became one-shot-and-out. Four offensive rebounds will not beat anybody in Big 12 basketball, nor will 25 (total rebounds).  So that alone is enough to beat you. It puts a lot of pressure on you defensively and offensively. You have to play perfect and we are far from perfect and they exploited that fact and did a great job in that respect.”

On Chelsea Poppens’ performance…
“I thought in the first half, I felt comfortable in her looks. We really did not let it get out of hand. You know somebody is going to score; they went into halftime with 27 points and I was not feeling too bad about it at that point. But then in the second half however, every possession, the last eight seconds were going to be about one or two things; the drive-by or a duck-in to Poppens. Our defense gave them that duck-in over and over and over again. We were incapable tonight of being in front of those duck-ins and denying them, so they beat us. She was getting point-blank turns at the rim and all credit to her and to her team; they just kept working it. You feel like you have to guard the three, so you extend out to do that and the responsibility is on that one-on-one defender in the paint. At that point, if you give that up, you are liable to get punished with a three-ball, which happened to us when we went zone late in the game. We did not guard the baseline-three. They are the kind of team where you do not play hard and smart, they will beat you because they will play hard and smart.”

On K-State ‘s offensive production…

“I think we had improved a lot of the offensive end of the floor. As it related to competing against the zone and box-and-one, I thought we had a good answer for that tonight. In the second half, Iowa State adjusted and they decided to play some man-to-man and we disappeared on the offensive end of the floor.  We just flat-out disappeared. We have got to get better in a lot of areas to continue to be the kind of basketball team that can be competitive.”

Guard Brittany Chambers

On the team’s psyche after tonight’s loss…
“I think at this point, we have to figure out what is not working for us and what was working for us. I think a big part of that is our toughness as a team. I think that in the Big 12, if you are playing at home or on the road, they are always challenges and it is going to be about us stepping up mentally and physically. Obviously, going on the road, there are more challenges than at home; the environment is going to be tough. We just have to figure out how to get a win (at home) and we are not doing that right now. We are playing too soft, not playing aggressive enough and we are letting other teams dictate what we do.”

Forward Jalana Childs

On the team’s psyche after tonight’s loss…
“I just think we have to get our heads right. Point blank. Period. We are going to miss shots and we are going to make mistakes but we have to keep our heads in the game for the whole 40 minutes and I think that showed tonight. We all made mistakes tonight. I had too many mistakes tonight; five turnovers is a lot. That is too many mistakes and that cannot happen.”

Iowa State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Bill Fennelly
Opening statement…
“I would say that was probably the best 16 minutes in the second half of the year. It is a tough place to play. We have played a lot of good teams in here with not much success. Our kids managed the game great and defended pretty well by changing our defense. Chelsea Poppens was on the block, and our two senior played like seniors on the road. That was the difference in the game. We finally made some shots, kept guarding hard, and turned around a big deficit at halftime to win. We are very proud of our kids and the way we reacted in an environment that historically we do not react very well.”

On taking Brittany Chambers out of the game…
“I think when you play Kansas State, obviously you have to start with Brittany Chambers. She is the kid that can take over games. The plan was to try and guard her and Jalana Childs. We did not do a very good job of that, but did better in the second half. Brittany stretches your defense. We made some defensive errors in the first half. The plan that we had probably was not a good one that was my fault, we went back to more core defensive philosophies in the second half. I think our kids guarded better. Chassidy (Cole) can guard, and she takes great pride in that. She made it hard, Kelsey Harris did a great job too, but you have got to make Brittany work for shots. You live and die. In the first half, Mariah White and (Tasha) Dickey hit some threes. You are sitting there going, ok maybe this was not a good idea. Our defense on Brittany Chambers was certainly the focal point of the success of our team, especially in the second half.”

On what Iowa State saw in film of K-State’s game vs. Oklahoma…

“We watch all the film like everyone else, but we are a team, historically, that has defended to not let the best player on the other team beat you, and we tried to do that. I have watched games where Brittany Chambers scores 35-40 points. She changes the dynamics of the crowd. She stretches the defense. She is always moving. It is impossible to scout all of their plays, so you just have to go back on fundamentals and chase her, and then hope that the other kids do not make everything. In the second half I thought we did a great job on (Jalana) Childs, the first half we were not very good. So if you slow Brittany and Childs down a little you will have a chance. For us offensively, in the second half we have been offensively challenged all year, but our ability to score near the goal makes the difference.”

Senior Guard Lauren Mansfield

On the team momentum after Nikki Moody’s shot…
“I think it was a huge play for Kelsey (Harris) to make. She came in and did a good job and found Nikki (Moody). Nikki hit that shot and got the foul. It was a big momentum swing. It was good for us.”

On Chassidy Cole guarding Brittany Chambers…
“I think she played so hard. She is very quick and just able to get over the screens. She did a really good job and on a really good player.”

Junior Forward Chelsea Poppens
On her shots falling…
“I just started to make my hook shots, and it just kept coming. I just found myself open, and my guard got it into me and everything started clicking for everyone.”

On Nikki Moody’s chance for a four point play…
“It was huge. I was really excited for her. Especially plays like that, it makes us go that much harder.”