South Dakota State and Kansas State Postgame Quotes

Nov. 30, 2010

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement…
“I am glad for the win, obviously. They are a smart basketball team, and they just test you on the defensive end. They put you into mismatch scenarios and they make great reads. Aside from having to play them, I loved the way they play because they are so smart. This is a game a little bit like the others we have been playing because their offense was a struggle for us, but defensively we stepped up enough to keep the game in hand. For us, the area where we have got to continue to improve is to get off to a better start, be better in the half court, and be better finishers each possession. I think that in a game where we had a lot of ugly possessions offensively, our defense was good enough to keep us in it.”

On South Dakota State’s style of play…
“They are somewhat like an Iowa State in their style; they are a little like Marist in how they play. They are just a good motion team that keeps you off balance. They do a really nice job of reading and reacting and putting you in isolation situations down low. They run that little slice screen. If you are sleeping at all, they find a lot of baskets that are either layups or open threes. It is just a sign of great offense.”

On what to take away from this game…
"Again I did like tonight that we kept fighting and just kept trying.  On a night where it is not really feeling good and is not natural, we do not know each trip up where our shot is going to come from.  It is not pretty, but we just stayed in the hunt.  We saw some players that came off of the bench that gave us some great play down the stretch.  Kelsey Hill helped us; Mariah (White) when she came off the bench late was big for us defensively and made some big plays.  She made a big save in front of our bench.  It took a little bit of everybody.  Nobody in my mind was outstanding tonight, but we did just enough to get the win."

On the difference between the two halves...
“Early on at the beginning of the game, I thought that we got back on our heels a little bit, and we did not make wide open shots when we were getting them. Then we started to get a little bit wacky with our decisions, we decided to force what I would consider bad basketball decisions. Down the stretch when we finally did make a couple of open shots, it changed the game. Those shots were hard to come by.  We have got to get a lot better.”


Sophomore guard Brittany Chambers
On her play tonight…
“I think that I was trying to do too much in the first half and I thought I was over-penetrating. I did not have very good offensive balance in the first half. I was not seeing the court well and I thought it helped a lot in the second that I started moving the ball and getting it out of my hands and working without it, so that we could play more team basketball.”

Senior guard Kelsey Hill
On her three-point shot in the second half …
“I saw the shot-clock winding down and I was just trying to relocate and be there. Brittany (Chambers) was penetrating and I just relocated and she got the ball to me and I was able to put it in. It definitely helped us get going and our energy started picking up a little bit. “

On three-point shooting…
“I think we always need to take the open shot, whether or not we are hitting it. The three-point shot is a big part of our game.”


South Dakota State Head Coach Quotes

Head Coach Aaron Johnston
On what his team did well tonight…
“We shot the ball well at times. I thought we executed for a large part of the game but really, in the last four minutes, we did not execute well at all. I feel like we certainly had chances to win the game but we did not get some big rebounds when we needed them and like I said, we really did not execute very well in the last four minutes of the game. We gave up way too many empty offensive possessions tonight.”

On forwards Leah Dietel and Jenni Sunnarborg …
“They are both really good players. Leah (Dietel), Jenni (Sunnarborg) and Hannah (Strop), off the bench, gave us some really good minutes. But ultimately, all of that does not matter nearly as much as what we did in the last couple minutes, where we needed those kids to step up and make plays and we really did not get that done tonight.”