Kansas State and St. John's Postgame Quotes

Nov. 13, 2010

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes
Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement…
“I am excited and thrilled about this win for our basketball team. I thought we competed very hard and played tough. I felt that we left the floor knowing we battled as hard and as capable as could have. It is a great win for our team against a great program like St. John’s. It is an exciting start to our basketball team and I am very proud of our basketball team.”

On the performance of Mariah White…
“Mariah was so aggressive and physical. It thought she did a great job today of helping us be an assertive basketball team on the offensive end of the floor in the second half. It was a great complete game for her. What you do not see in the stat sheet is how well she played defensively. That has been consistent from her each night we have had the opportunity to take the floor. She brings a great physical dimension and her ability to defend on the perimeter.”

On what this win means for the team…
“You can be 50 and have played for five years and feel like this has been a great win for us. Tonight our team took a huge step in lining up against an opponent like this at this point in time. It was a lot of great education and experience. We found out what competitively it takes to win and sometimes the only way you learn those lessons is going through these extremely competitive games. This will prepare us well for what lies ahead in Big 12 play."

Sophomore guard Mariah White
On her second half performance...
“At halftime coach told us to go out there and keep competing hard and that is what we did. My teammates helped me by knowing what they were supposed to do so it opened things up for me.”

On looking to score in the second half…
“Things just kind of came to me. I just went with what was open. If it was a shot then I took it if it was someone else then I passed them the ball.”

Junior forward Jalana Childs
On the game…
“Something that we talked about before the game was love for each other and I think we really tuned into that. It will keep us moving forward at this point. I try to motivate the team before the game with 15 second talk. This is great for out team because we know that we can fight just like we did and we need to do this every day. This feels great right now and we have love for each other and that is awesome.”

On being named an MVP after two games…
“I was very surprised to get MVP, but it is only two games in so I am not going to look to much into it. It is a great honor and we respect St. John’s. We thank all the teams for coming and Commerce Bank for supporting us over the last 15 years.”

St. John’s Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Kim Barnes Arico
On tonight’s performance…
“K-State did a great job of taking advantage of our weaknesses. We missed a lot of shots and they were able to make baskets in transition. They really went inside out and took advantage of their post players and our lack of size. They also did a great job of making their free throws down the stretch.”

On the rest of the season…
“This was a great game for us. We are still a very young team, we play predominately underclassmen. I think this was a great game for us to play on the road early in the year and get us ready for our conference.”