K-State vs. Oklahoma Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach and Players Quotes

Head coach Jeff Mittie
Opening statement...
"Well I think the keys to this one is that we could not rebound the ball in the game. They got a lot of second chances and Peyton Little was the story. We did not recognize where she was on the floor numerous times. I still do not know if we know who Little is or what her number is - we should because she put up a big night. That was the disappointing thing about tonight for us were those two things."

On the little things...
"I think you have to compete. I think we have to compete harder. We are not winning enough individual things and we are not fighting hard enough. Those things are not acceptable."

On competitiveness...
"Well we were getting beat on the glass. We can say competing, but it started early. It was six to one. The numbers were ridiculous on the glass. You do not even see these numbers anywhere. It is ridiculous to get beat that bad on the glass. I do not know what game you are watching score wise. Maybe, we should be up five or 10 if we are really competing. That would be my argument to that. What I saw was a lot of individual plays where they were whipping us. Kaylon Williams was just whipping us on multiple stretches - nine offensive rebounds. At half time, statistically, they had more offensive rebounds than we had defensive rebounds."

Senior Ashia Woods
On Oklahoma's three point shooting...
"I feel like when we would score two, they would come down and hit a three. It was a dagger for momentum and energy. I felt like on the court we would motivate and cheer, but it was just never a genuine lets go and get ourselves going. I do feel like those were some dagger plays down the stretch."

Oklahoma Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Sherri Cole
Opening statement...
"I continue to be impressed with this Kansas State team. (Kindred) Wesemann is a terrific little player. I love her toughness. I love her moxie. They are growing into themselves. They know who they are. I thought offensively, when we were not turning it over, we were pretty good. We were scoring well. I thought that we were moving the ball. We attacked the zone with a sense of intelligence and urgency without being hurried up, which is a whole lot easier said than done. We had way too many turnovers."

On having a player that she can count on...
"I think there is a sense of confidence, comfort in knowing what you are going to get. This has been the biggest development in the season. Early on you are trying to figure out what am I going to get every night. I think that players try to figure that out about one another and coaches try to figure it out about the group as a whole. That has been answered. We know what we are going to get from (Peyton Little) Stew. She is going to find a way to score points, play defense, and that is the most important piece to me. I know that I can count on her to do her job defensively and that for a coach, if I know my point guard is going to stop the ball in transition then I know Stew will do her job on the defensive assignment, you feel pretty good going into it."

On Little keeping K-State from coming back...
"She is a very opportunistic player. We have learned that about her, getting timely steals, timely rebounds, making timely shots. That is just her identity as a basketball player. That does not surprise us much. We almost expect it. I thought there were a couple other really big threes. Nicole Kornet hit one. Sharane Campbell hit one. Those were significant at times when we really needed momentum or we needed to thwart a comeback from Kansas State. Having a number of guys who can shoot it, helps too, is one of the reasons she is open as much as she is."

Guard Peyton Little
On the last time she shot this well...
"Maybe back in high school. My teammates were able to find me, and I ended up being wide open."

On there being a point when you know you cannot miss...
"I just catch and shoot if I am open. My teammates just did a good job finding me tonight. It worked out."

Guard Gabbi Ortiz
On turnovers in the first half...
"I think the turnovers that we had were sloppy turnovers. In the half court, we were being too sped up. It was more on us. They played great defense. They are big in the zone, but we slowed down, were triple threat, and more patient in the second half."