Postgame Quotes

Nov. 8, 2010

 

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Kansas State Quotes

 

Head Coach Deb Patterson

Opening Statement…

“I think this was a game of two halves for us. We were not nearly as intense and as good in the first half as the second.  I was pleased coming off the floor in the second half with the energy and the improvement we made after half.  I think that’s the sign of a good basketball team, too, to be able to come in and make the changes you need to make after 20 minutes of play, but that might not necessarily be what we are looking for every possession.”

 

On why the team came out slowly in the first half…

“Well we are young. It is early in the season.  Again, we’re learning, and I think we let the tempo of the game dictate our effort, and it needs to be inverse.  You know, you have got to dictate the tempo you want the game played at. I am not sure our focus was where it needed to be.  We were working, I just do not think we necessarily understood the accountability factor at the same level we had at the second half.”

 

On the first half performance of freshman forward Brianna Kulas…

“I think on the offensive end she’s got a good feel, good flow.  She’s a good scorer. So it was great to see her come back in back-to-back efforts with quality production offensively.  Obviously we want not just put a priority on scoring but we’ve got to do the other elements across the board. We want out scorers to also be rebounders.  We were not rebounding the ball real well in the first half, so I would like to see her rebounding numbers grow.”

 

Junior Forward Jalana Childs

On playing with emotion in the second half…

“I had to calm down, I was fired up in the second half because of the first half that we had. I like to be the one to get everyone’s heads in the game. I scream a lot because I am getting the team fired up. I do not feel that I have to yell at anyone. I think that my energy and my passion is good for us so, I keep it up throughout the game, even on the bench. I was disappointed in the way that we played in the first half so that triggered me even more to come out like I did in the second half.”

 

On the teams strong start of the second half…

“I just knew that we needed something to get us going. We do not want to be that team that has the story of two halves. We want to play hard the whole game and I think that kind of triggered both me and Brittany (Chambers) to start it off and get us going in the second half and I think helped keep our energy up..”

 

Sophomore Guard Taelor Karr

On stepping up the defensive intensity in the second half…

“We wanted to come out in the second half a lot better than we did in the first half. We were very lackadaisical on both ends of the floor. Our defense was really slow. We were a step behind trying to react on the defensive end and we were not rebounding very well. I feel that our offense fell apart after that so we knew that we needed to come out and play better all the way around and we know that it all starts with our defense and rebounding. In that second half, our defense really got us going.”

 

On the outlook of the regular season…

“We know that we have a lot of potential. We are really athletic and we just have to keep working hard because we know that we are young and nobody is really paying any attention to us. We are ready to work hard and surprise a lot of people this season.”

 

Washburn Quotes

Head Coach Ron McHenry

On the play of his team during exhibitions…

“It was a lot like yesterday’s game (against Kansas). I know that we have new kids, but that is a part of competition, and they have got to find a way to get through games. We need to compete, and I am not sure that we competed at all in the second half. Some of those kids are on scholarship, that is their time to play, and they need to take advantage of it.”

 

On the teams shooting woes…

“I can live with missed shots. I know that we were shooting it poorly from the 3-point line, but it is about execution and getting to the 50-50 balls. You have to be stronger to run the offense, and be mentally strong to execute the plays. The shooting will come and go, but the toughness and execution in rebounding should come every night.”

 

On the impact of the injury to Sierra Moeller…
“That is a tough thing to have happen already, but she is not the only one on scholarship. Others have to be able to step in and pick up the slack. Sierra (Moeller) is a big part of our game, but we have other players who should be able to step in. If you were a role player last year, and are a starter this year, you have got to do things differently. It is definitely a step backwards. K-State hit some really good shots, they are good shooters that execute their sets decently. We just have little things as basketball players where we are not there yet.”