Kansas vs. Kansas State Postgame Quotes

Jan. 29, 2011

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K-State Head Coach Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening statement…
“I feel like that was a classic rivalry game. It was tough but I think we got an unbelievably great game out of Jalana Childs and Taelor Karr, they just stepped up in really big ways. It was neat to see the inside and outside balance in what I would characterize in a very gritty rivalry game. This was a great effort by both programs. It was a game where analysis goes out the window and you watch players dig in deep and make plays. Our players over time, here at home and in front of a great crowd, have had that added emotion and found ways to make plays that kept enough separation that we came away with this win.”

On stopping KU runs…
“Our players are really tough-minded. They are very directed to the next opportunity to compete the possession together, as we want to compete. They are not necessarily swayed emotionally, they play with emotion but they are very on-task and very competitive. We are a basketball team that is able to match that mental toughness with physical toughness as well. Sometimes that is the difference between one or two plays. This game could have gone any number of ways but this K-State team is very tough and very competitive.”

On the crowd in Bramlage…
“I cannot even tell you the lift that the crowd gives you. It is not just that you are home and seeing all those K-Staters and feeling that buzz and energy. The crowd is just really neat and that is such a huge part of winning at home in a rivalry game. Our fans are big, in my opinion, in helping us win games.”

On the play of Jalana Childs…
“Jalana (Childs) was just fantastic. She was defending at a high level. There might have been one play where she did not move. She played major minutes and stayed so aggressive offensively, despite playing through some early misses. She had mental resolve and toughness and got to the foul line. It was the overall effort that she brought on both ends of the court that just huge for us. There was not an element of the game that she did not contribute to today.”

Kansas State Player Quotes

Sophomore guard Taelor Karr
On the rivalry in today’s game…
“For sure it was for me. I am sure it was like that for everyone in this game. It is the rivalry game. It is Kansas State and Kansas. It is a big day, and it is always very emotional for all of the players involved. I just wanted to go out and play hard and have a good game. A lot of our teammates stepped up today and Jalana (Childs) did a great job scoring, and Branshea (Brown) did a great job on the boards. Brittany (Chambers) was that point guard leader that we needed. She did not make as many points as she normally does, but she led the team and kept everybody composed. So, it was a great team win.”

On what winning means in one word…
“Amazing.”

On the four-game win streak…
“It is nice that we have a four game win streak right now. The Big 12 is a great league, and there is no easy team, no cake walk.  We have to go in and show up every night for whatever team we play. It is nice to have five wins already and have a good position to keep getting wins to get to that post play at the end of the year, which is what we are looking for.”

Junior forward Jalana Childs
On staying tough throughout the game…
“It was just a grind. I knew that going into this game I wanted to bang on the inside and just take it at them. I did not care if I got blocked my first five shots, I was going to take it at them. I think I did a good job of that. Mentally in this game, I had to stay in it because I was very nervous at the beginning. Last night I was ready to play. I had anxiety yesterday and today. It is just staying mentally in it, and I think that is what I did and that is what helped us do so well today. It is just having fun with my team. I like winning."

On the anticipation of the game…
 “It is a rivalry game.  Everyone is going to be there. It is KU, and we want to win.”

Sophomore guard Brittany Chambers
On the confidence tonight’s win brings…
“I think we have a feel of winning in the Big 12, which is something we did not get last year. I think that our team is a lot tougher and stronger.  I think that when it comes down to games like tonight, where it is a grind, we are ready to do whatever it takes to win, and I think that that is, in my opinion, the biggest improvement from last year. It is exciting knowing that you can be tied with a team with a minute left and you are ready to take that win.


Kansas Quotes

Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson
Opening statement…
“It was a competitive game. I felt like we made some progress from a couple of standpoints and competing in the long run. I think that we learned to do our job and embrace our rolls. We had kids compete at a high level but obviously we need more. We got a little out of rotation, especially inside early with Carolyn (Davis) sitting on my right but Monica (Engleman) held things down and hit tough shots and took tough shots. Angel (Goodrich) made good decisions and guarded. I thought Marisha’s (Brown) work on (Brittany) Chambers after every on-ball screen was good as many as they set on that kid. We just came up a couple of possessions short. It is progress, it is not good enough I promise you but it is progress from just a dig down and compete mentality.”

On Carolyn Davis being on the bench with foul trouble…
“Boges (Krysten Boogaard) came in and gave us three for five which helps and we still tried to run some things for her. We go back to Monnie (Monica Engleman) a little bit and some screening action for her and we get Tania (Jackson) in a post-up once. So it certainly did. A big chunk of the play card is her primary look and her secondary looks but that happens and we have got to learn from it and she will learn from that and not get into foul trouble. That is a helpless feeling having to sit there and do nothing. She had some teammates around her that stepped up and tried to hold on until she got back into the game.”

On the team’s play in the second half…
“I thought our flow, rhythm and timing was better. We took care of the ball better. Some of those turnovers in the first half were just on us. We were more aggressive. We were more aggressive in transition, and we were more aggressive in half-court sets.”

Sophomore guard Monica Engleman
On the pressure facing her with Carolyn Davis on the bench…
“I feel like I stayed pretty confident in my teammates and I feel like for myself I stepped up. I did not feel like there was any burden for me to score.”

Sophomore forward Carolyn Davis
On sitting on the bench with foul trouble…
“It was tough to sit on the bench that long. I tried to stay in the game by cheering my teammates on, I was helping Krysten(Boogaard) and coaching her. I knew coming out in the second half I was fresh and I knew I had to come out and be the player I had to be for my team.”

On guarding Jalana Childs…
“I think that she is a great player and she has a lot of moves and counter-moves. I think she does a good job of getting around her defenders. She plays hard from start to finish, so she is a great player.”