K-State vs. Kansas Postgame Quotes
K-State vs. Kansas Postgame Quotes
Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes
COACH MITTIE: Thank you. Well, good, hard-fought game as you would expect, two rivals going at it. The third game of the year obviously, but just a good hard fought game. We struggled offensively most of the game but we seemed to find enough offense in the second half going through Bre Lewis, both Texada and Lewis had the best look offensively and those were the two we kind of rode to the finish.
Q. Haley, how fun was it for you out there?
Haley Texada: It's always a good time playing in front of family and just a home crowd, but like I said, we just try to go out and play hard and in the end we got a win and that's what happens when you do that.
Q. Breanna, you really came on in the second half, what clicked for you?
Breanna Lewis: I just tried to blow off the first half and just not focus on the mistakes I've made, and just try to improve on the second half and just take it one step at a time.
Q. Breanna, can you talk about the first half? They shot horribly, I think it was 3 for 22. Did you feel like you missed a chance to really put this game away early?
Breanna Lewis: No, I don't really try to focus on the things that I could have done better or should have done better, I just try to improve on the next time. I mean, I didn't feel like I missed out on any opportunity to score because that's not really what I'm really about, but I mean I was just happy that we were up and that we were playing well.
Q. Haley, what was Coach saying to you maybe in those last few timeouts as Kansas was starting to come back before you guys pulled away?
Haley Texada: Just do the little stuff. We kind of, you know, came out of focus and were kind of losing our heads towards the end and giving them open looks. Just stay calm, get yourself gathered and play smart.
Q. You mentioned this was a game both teams struggled early on at first but it took key baskets. In a game like this, I like to call them grinder games, and I'm directing this to Haley, what do you rely on the most, the shooting, the defense, the combination of both? What do you rely on to pull you through?
Haley Texada: Personally, I would say defense, offense will take care of itself, but I'm pretty confident in our offense as a team. When we really want to get after it, we get it done. That's what happened late in the game with Ashia getting a couple tips, you know, pressuring a couple of players, Kindred there to take the steal and just being really amped up on our defensive end.
Q. Haley, this is a sweep obviously over Kansas, three in a row. Talk to me how this game compared to the other two?
Haley Texada: They're all the same, every single one matters with them, every second we pour our hearts out because it's not only just KU, it's our rival, it's always nice to sweep them anytime we can.
Q. Jeff, I just want to ask you the same thing I asked them. As poorly as Kansas was shooting that first half, did you feel like you let a chance get away? And what did you tell them at halftime about what was going to happen from that point?
COACH MITTIE: Well, foul trouble really impacted our rotation. We felt like we were getting good stuff with Lew early in the game, but then she had to sit awhile, and Ashia did, too, so we got out of rhythm offensively. Obviously I thought our defense was good. We thought Kansas was going to make some shots. I think they were 0 for 6 in the first half from three and they're the percentage leader in the Big 12, so you know you're going to make some. We just talked to our group, same thing we always talk to them about, four minutes at a time. I think because of the emotion of the rivalry game in the mid part we did kind of lose our discipline of the second half.
Kristin, you asked about what we talked about. We really talked -- I thought the middle dribble was hurting us and then they were getting us rotating and then they were kicking out. Aldridge got hot. They started to get more people involved, so we just talked about getting back to keeping the ball on one side of the floor, if we would do that we would be in rotation less and cover up on the shooters better, so that was really the message the last five, six minutes of the game. Transition D was also a part of that because they were catching us early. Aldridge got her first two looks on an early push and then it kicked behind, and we just didn't do a very good job there.
Q. Coach, the free throws, you miss only one, how key was that especially as it got close there toward the end?
COACH MITTIE: It was big because we were four for four in the first half, we didn't shoot a free throw until the last five minutes of the second half and it was a big concern of ours because we were having trouble getting to the free throw line. We got there late, Texada got that thing started, Ash got a big rebound tip that kind of got battered around that Lew got to the free throw line but it was big to convert because points -- you know, you guys asked earlier about this game, when Texada says they've all been the same, the scores are 58-52, the first one. The second one was 55-48. You can see the similarities right there. 57-49. These games have been grind-it games. They have had many runs to them, they haven't had huge runs because both of us struggle offensively at times but they've been grind-it games. We're fortunate to come out on the top end but free throws played a big part in that.
Q. Obviously a short turnaround to tomorrow, that's the way the tournament is, but you've got No. 1 Baylor tomorrow. How do you feel about that, and how do you prepare for that in the short turnaround?
COACH MITTIE: Well, it beats the alternative, okay, so you know, that's this time of the year. Yeah, I'm glad to be playing tomorrow. Baylor's a great basketball team. They have gone through that 18-game gauntlet and been Big 12 champion again, so we know we have our hands full and we've got to play better than we played today and we've got to play better than we played previously, but the beauty of March is you get that opportunity and we're looking forward to it.
Kansas Head Coach and Player Quotes
COACH HENRICKSON: Well, we got off to such a poor start offensively and the start, I mean, the half. Scored 12 points and had good looks, had uncontested looks and didn't finish at the rim and then started to affect the other rim. When you're going to struggle to score that much, then you've got to be able to turn somebody over and go get some layups in transition. Then we make the nice run coming out from the locker room and then we turn it over late and into a one-possession game and same thing what we did at our place. They did a good job of kind of pinching and we started to get some drive and kick and some uncontested threes and some opportunities one-on-one inside, but certainly not enough of those. And then they went away and just started ripping drive on us and we fouled and gave up layups. If you look at their offensive possessions probably from the five-minute mark down, that's what it ended up being, shots at the rim and free throws, and then certainly the separations when we turn it over.
Q. Chelsea, what was the thing in the second half, what did you guys key on to make that run, and was that a difficult thing to do after making only three baskets in the first half?
CHELSEA GARDNER: We got a few stops on the defensive end and that's what helped us get our offensive end together. I thought offensively we attacked and got open kicks from 3 from Terriell, Natalie and Lauren. On the defensive end. That's what helped us offensively.
Q. Terriell, what was the mindset when things just aren't falling, the frustration keeps building and how do you keep that from just destroying your whole night?
TERRIEL BRADLEY: You've got to stick with it and get after it. My teammates uplifted me, and so did Coach Bonnie, so I just thought I have to be more aggressive coming out in the second half.
Q. Chelsea, same question. Again, tell me about what was going through everybody's head as the half goes on and nothing's going down?
CHELSEA GARDNER: I thought we contained them defensively, that's how we stayed in the game, but offensively our shots wasn't falling but in the second half we picked up defensively being aggressive and attacking the basket.
Q. Chelsea, Breanna Lewis had a huge game, especially the second half. How difficult is she to contain inside and what was happening in there that she was able to get so many looks right at the basket?
CHELSEA GARDNER: I thought defensively I was playing more on the top side and she started getting open looks over the top over me, but after she started going on the run, I felt that I had to get underneath her and stop her from getting open looks over the top.
Q. Terriell, you and Lauren especially really started to get hot from the three-point line. Talk about how you were able to do that and how you were able to post 3s there in the second.
TERRIELL BRADLEY: I thought we just scored mostly off of baseline penetrations and just that we were wide open once we got the ball from one side to the next. That's basically how we were open.
Q. I don't know if that's as bad an offensive half of basketball that first half as you have seen your team play, but what do you say to them at halftime to try to get them out of that, what buttons do you push to try to make that all turn around?
COACH HENRICKSON: Well, you get them to believe they're better than that and focus on a finish at the rim. So you miss point blank, you're focused on something, it's not making shots. Focus on how to make it. Honestly, I told them we're probably lucky we're not down 30. Shoot 13 percent, if he's in his locker room, he's saying they just shot 13 percent and we're only up 11. I told them that. I said that's how -- I wouldn't say that to you but that's how I would feel. We're only up 11, they shot 13 percent. And then again, not to let -- not let the offensive end affect your defensive end, I said we've got to win it in the 30s then win it in the 30s, I mean, if that's what it is. But don't -- I thought -- I felt like the offensive end affected our toughness and our intensity on that defensive end, which it can't happen. If you're not going to score, then you can't let that guy score either, the other team.
Q. You contained them pretty well defensively with the poor start on the offense. You were able to come out and get, like I said, hit those 3s and become hot on offense, but would you say turnovers played the biggest role tonight?
COACH HENRICKSON: Especially, yeah, down the stretch. Look at the numbers when that happened with 18, which is too many against the 2-3 zone, and we scored -- we turned it over too late. Then you look at that, the turnovers and free throws extended, and then it goes to layups. So it's a product of turning it over and then what kind of shot is that for them, and certainly that was a dagger, and quite honestly it's been our Achilles heel on the year to just give a team extra possessions. They get seven more shots, seven more shots than we get. And we've not done that, we've been so much better here down the stretch and certainly frustrated that we end up in that situation again.
Q. What does it say about your team that you were able to make that run, I think it was 11-0 to get back in the game?
COACH HENRICKSON: Well, we've done that all year. Honestly, we've done that all year, and we've won some and we've lost. We were down 17 at Texas Tech, we've been down before, we've come back, but there were probably about four of those that we've not. It ends up being a one-possession game. Certainly I think we're that team that makes the run. It's hard for me to believe we're that team that does that in the first half quite honestly. I certainly believe that we're more capable of sustaining, consistently being more aggressive and attacking and being more productive. We've done that all year so there's certainly value in that and that's a gut check and it's a character check, and certainly that's -- so we've been in that situation. These kids aren't going to give up and let it go, that's not going to happen, that's not who they are, that's not who we are. The frustrating part is how we get ourselves in that situation so we don't -- to me, we shouldn't be in that situation and play like that, and grow those stretches where we're that confident and we're aggressive and we attack that much.
Q. Talk about Chelsea Gardner as a player. I mean, another double-double tonight and she's been a solid player for you all season long. This is it for you, guys, but talk about Chelsea Gardner and how she wraps up the senior year.
COACH HENRICKSON: Yeah, she's been a player that we've depended on all year. In most people's scouting report's defense is to try to take away some of her touches, and the work she's got to do offensively early, to work early to get position and put herself in a position where she can get a pass, whether it's a man or a zone. Then you're at the mercy of the big, those little guys around you, they're willing to throw you the ball and get you on time, on target and get you a high percentage shot, so she's done a great job for us and her future is really, really bright at the professional level and we're excited for her about that.