Postgame Quotes

March 2, 2011

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Kansas State vs. Texas A&M
Kansas State Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement…
“I am just extremely proud of our basketball team that is the competitive disposition that we really worked very hard to bring to the floor tonight. I thought everybody stepped up so intensely tonight. We were so unbelievably focused and accountable, which gave us a chance. We played hard and well together. We wanted the responsibility of doing our job. We had great mental toughness out there as a basketball team and we followed it up with great physical plays. It was a great win against a great program so I could not be happier.”

On senior night victory…
“This is a very special moment in my mind for this group right here. For Kelsey Hill and Shalin Spani, to go out of this arena knowing that K-State beat the No. 5 team in the country. For Brittany (Chambers), Brandy (Brown), and Taelor (Karr), these are the people that have competed so hard over the course of the last two and three years, and to have a signature win, like this, is an extraordinary feeling for me. Tonight they stepped up for one another.”

On Jalana Child’s injury…
“I will know a little bit more tomorrow. I know she was too sore to come back into the game tonight. I just do not have the impression that she damaged anything as traumatic as a disc something that would be a really long term injury. Hopefully through treatment, we will be able to get her back before too much time lapses.”

Guard Taelor Karr
On the win…
“We played a great team effort tonight. Our offense looked night and day against our last game against Iowa State and that is what really helped us. We had space and great movement, everyone was cutting hard. I got a couple good looks early and luckily I knocked them down. That opened up things for Brittany so they can’t just focus on her. Everyone really stepped up and did some big things and I think that helps everybody over all.

Guard Kelsey Hill
On winning on senior night…
“I feel absolutely unbelievable. This win, to end it like this at home, is something truly amazing. It took all of us. Brittany (Chambers) had a great game, Branshea (Brown) did too and Taelor (Karr) stepped up to. Even our bench stepped up big and did great things. I am proud of all of them, proud of the whole team. To watch the growth the team has experienced since the beginning of the season has been really cool for me.”

Guard Brittany Chambers
On her shooting…
“When Jalana went out of the game, I knew that someone had to step up and I knew it could not be just one person. You saw Taelor come out firing, she just came out like a bullet immediately and that really helped me a lot because then they started having to focus on her and focus on the run outs. That was what got me all those open shots.”

On touches per game…
“I don’t go into any game thinking about how many touches I will get because I don’t want to get frustrated when I don’t touch the ball. I don’t think about it because I trust my teammates. I did get the ball tonight so I took the open shots. I wasn’t expecting that tonight against a team like Texas A & M who has such great defense.”

Forward Branshea Brown
On Jalana’s injury…
“I knew that when Jalana (Childs) walked into the locker room that was huge. We all came into the huddle and I just told everyone, we all have to step up. We had talked earlier in chapel about someone stepping up and taking charge. We all did that today, and we all did it for Jalana.

Texas A&M Quotes

Head Coach Gary Blair
Opening Statement…
“Welcome to the NCAA Tournament, Kansas State. You just punched your ticket. That is the first thing that I told Deb (Patterson) on the handshake. It is the same way when Texas Tech beat Baylor when they were No. 1 in the nation and even if they finish 7-9, that will get them in. Now that K-State has nine wins, get (Jalana) Childs healthy and make a run like K-State teams have done in the past. Tonight we got beat by the better team. The better team outplayed us tonight, and we could not force enough turnovers.”

On Brittany Chambers…
“She has a great step back move and her range is from here to wherever she is from. You seem to get a lot of good shooters, and the only one you ever missed out on was Jackie Stiles, but you have got the rest of them because I recruited (Jackie) Stiles too.”

Guard Sydney Colson
On the overall team play …
“We came out in the beginning and were not intense at all, not playing our game. It was much different from the effort we gave in the second half. (Brittany) Chambers and (Taelor) Karr were knocking down huge shots. They willed their team to a victory.  We just did not come out focused and we did not play like the No. 5 team in the nation. I think Danielle (Adams), Maryann (Baker), the other seniors and I let our team down. We did not go out there and play hard from the beginning and lead by example. As a result, we got a much deserved loss and hopefully we learn from this.”

On Jalana Child’s leaving the game…
“We knew she was their leading scorer and a huge part of their game, but we knew we were still going to have to come out and play defense the same way. Other players stepped up. People that do not usually have huge games came out and played well. We just did not do a good job. If we would have given the same effort that we gave in parts of the second half, we could have helped ourselves out a little bit.”

Forward Danielle Adams
On K-State’s aggressive defense…
“They were playing really aggressive post defense. Sometimes they would double team me and my teammates had the open shots. They hit some and missed some, but they (K-State) were just very aggressive on the post.”