Kansas State and Missouri State Postgame Quotes

Nov. 18, 2011

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
On the Oklahoma State tragedy…
“I would just like to say what a great loss women’s basketball suffered today with the loss of Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna. We would just like to send our heart-felt condolences to their families and the program. It is an absolute tragic loss for all of us who were friends with both of them. We have lost some really wonderful people in those two. I know that our program will always remember Kurt and Miranda as two of the high quality people to have ever been a part of women’s basketball and also far and above anything they did as coaches. It is with a heavy heart that we took the floor today and competed. I just want to share again with their friends and family our condolences and sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them.”

On the closing minutes…
“I thought that our start of the second half, the majority of the second twenty minutes were really shaky for us. We were very sporadic and Missouri State played with a great deal of aggressiveness. I thought we were a little disjointed offensively and after awhile that kind of catches up to you. We need to continue to work and find ways to be better on the offensive end. I think the other distinction is we were not stepping to the foul line and giving ourselves and opportunity to stretch what we like to do offensively. Also the extra possessions Missouri State worked so hard for because they battle for every offensive and defensive rebound. All of that factored in to it being a close game, and those are things that we need to learn from.”

On physicality of the game…
“Missouri State likes to play very aggressive and they know one way to play and that is all-out. It did not phase them when they were down ten or twelve down midway through the second half. With five minutes left on the game, they were still an unrelenting team that is why they are a high-quality opponent that they are. They do not give an inch, and they compete like the next basket is going to beat you. That is why that is such a great game for us early in the season. They play with great passion and physicality. They are very aggressive off of the dribble so all of those things factored into it.”

On three-point shooting…
“We shook loose from the three-point line tonight. Certainly the first half is a bit of an illusion because you cannot get soft in the other aspects of the game, and I thought we did that when we had success from the three-point line. We got soft inside, and we gave up the easy look sometimes on the inside. The three was huge for us tonight, and it was great to see everyone was feeling it. Now we have to balance that with great distribution. I did not think that we made any bad decisions with the three-point shot tonight, but everyone else has to step up and make plays when they get touches."

Junior Guard Brittany Chambers
On her performance…
“Early on we were setting a lot of on-ball screens that they were going under. Brandy (Brown) and Jalana (Childs) were setting good screens, so I was able to get open looks, and I caught fire early on. We just kept running plays where I came off of screens. Our players just kept setting really good screens.”

On difference between the second half…
“We started off slow, and when you start off a half slow, it works its way across everyone that is on the floor. I think that is something us starters need to find a way to add fire out there. I think that the first four minutes of the second half were the big downfall for the whole half.”
Senior Forward Jalana Childs

On closing seconds of game…
“I was stuck under the basket praying that the ball did not fall through the hoop. They were hungry for a basket and were just trying to get the ball quick and shoot it up. It is hard to rebound when you are right there and the ball comes off the rim short. It is all about toughness down there, and you have to find a way. Mariah (White) found a way and pulled down the rebound. It was good fight on her part, but we have to get it together mentally in terms of rebounding.”


Missouri State Coach Quotes

Head Coach Nyla Milleson
On the first half…
“Very disappointed on how we came out and started the game. Just disappointed, unfortunately we did not have a good week of practice. Very disappointed in the veteran group after having a good first month of practice. Played good against Louisiana Tech and against Lousiville, had an opportunity to come in here and we just did not play well, we did not practice well any day this week. I have been coaching long enough to know that you have three days of bad practices that you are not going to be ready to go on game day. Maybe in the next few practices I will get their attention. Came out flat and did not play well and I was just very, very disappointed. Disappointed in our defensive effort, I can just say that I am proud of our second half effort, we got down and guarded and we got on the boards hard, had our chance at the end. We had six offensive rebounds on the last possession or however many it was and did not finish, but we should have never been in that situation. I am just a very disappointed coach right now.”

On their second half play…
“We played very well in the second half we handled their pressure, we still hand some turnovers and we need to quit making poor decisions. We are trying to make bounce passes thirty feet on the floor and doing some things that hurt us. I was disappointed in a couple of our seniors tonight. Jaleshia Roberson did not play well, she never did get going until the big three, there were missed lay-ups and we need to be more consistent. My biggest disappoint right now is that we have been playing well for five weeks, we did not play that way tonight. Our shots are not going to fall some nights and we caught no breaks, every time we went to go get a loose ball we could not get to it. You cannot control things like that, but you can control your team. We scrapped and played hard the second half and executed more to make a huge difference.”

On how they played with two hurt players…
“In both of their situations it does not look good, with Hannah (Wilkerson) being a true freshman she plays as hard as she can go, she is not Jasmine (Malone) right now and she is not Kenzie (Williams). She is going to continue to learn and she did some good things. For Nijay (Gaines) this was a huge game to get thrown into, defensively she did a very, very good job, she was not quite ready offensively, she was taking wild shots, but at least she had the guts to take them. I thought she guarded extremely hard. You cannot take days off, that is what I am going to continue to go back to, and we challenged them.”

On Brittany Chambers…
 “She is very talented, but she is not a 20 (points) in a half player. I told our kids at halftime that I could go out there and play horse, we gave up offensive rebounds, and through a pitch out to her at three, and that is a horse game. She is too good to do that, but we also gave her open looks. You cannot do that, we showed in the second half that if you guard her she can be guarded. She is a very good player, one of the best in the Big 12 but at the same time, she does not average forty points per game, that is what she was at and again our defensive efforts were very, very poor.”