Kansas State vs. Iowa Postgame Quotes

Dec. 3, 2011

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Kansas State Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening statement …
“I am proud of our team and happy to see them put some numbers up on the board in the second half offensively. That has been a hard process for us to get to this point, and tonight I thought we did a nice job of improving on the offensive end of the floor. Iowa is just a heady and dangerous basketball team. Their ability to drive and put pressure on you to the rim and then extend you with those quick threes was unbelievably taxing. I do not know if we brought discipline in the first half that we worked to bring in the second half, and still they ended up with 10 three-pointers. They are a very tough team to defend, and I am proud of our team more than anything just for the improvement we saw offensively.”  

On the final 30 seconds of overtime …
“It was just nip and tuck for the last three or four minutes of regulation all the way through overtime. It just felt like every single possession was one you could either live or die on. I thought defensively we really made some quality stands, especially with Jalana (Childs) on the bench, and then we came up with just enough rebounds at just the right time with respect to the mess. We did not shoot free throws particularly well, but in the end for Chantay (Caron) to come off and have the opportunity to win the game at the foul line, to step up and do it on a night when we were struggling overall. It was obviously so important and a great step for her, and it should be something that really ignites our bench, the understating of how you can change and win a game with a play or rebound here or there.”

On Ashia Woods
“Ashia came out of the Cancun tournament with a real understanding of what she is capable of bringing. I think the light began to go on when we were in Cancun. We looked at the film of the Hofstra game, and I do not think she was pleased with herself at that point. We were all disappointed with the lack of offense and came into practice the following day, and it was like a light bulb when on for Ashia Woods. She got into the Purdue game and played lockdown defense. I think that gave her an opportunity to be on the floor for a sustained period of time, and she has built on that. She is still young, but she has great instincts. I think the combination of her and Tasha (Dickey), with their athleticism, is something that is going to help us continue to improve because right now if the scale is 10, they are both hovering around one or two. I can see daily improvement in both of them. It was fun, and she was terrific. She made some great reads against their zone, got to the rim and made some great drives. She played a very key role in our success tonight.”


Guard Brittany Chambers
On the impact from tonight’s win …
“I think it is very important for other players to see that we can play at this level. I think we played very well against Purdue, but we did not come up with the final that we wanted. I think it is really important for our whole team to see that we can beat teams like this and that we are capable of beating teams like this if we keep our heads in it and stay strong the whole game.”

Forward Jalana Childs
On her play tonight …
“I wanted to come out strong for my team. I did not want to force anything, and with my numbers, it did not seem like I did. There are probably a lot of shots I wanted to take, but I let the game come to me. I have been trying to focus on that in the past two games. When we played against Purdue, I was not doing anything spectacular. I let the game come to me tonight. I made the shots and plays I needed to make when it was time. I have got to be smarter on the defensive and offensive end with my fouls. We have a lot of basketball left to play, and I am just trying to have fun with my team.”


Iowa Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Lisa Bluder
On her team’s defense and rebounding…
“The first half, K-State built a lead against our player defense but I was really proud with how we fought back. I thought that we fought back extremely well. We started to hold them when we switched to our zone defense but they did get some good looks and some high-percentage shots in the paint. But in my mind, the game was lost on the boards. In the first half, we were winning the rebounding war but in the second half we lost the rebounding war. In the first half, we held them to six offensive rebounds but in the second half, they had eight offensive rebounds.  In the first half, we eight offensive rebounds and in the second half, we got two offensive rebounds. So in my mind, the game was really swung by the rebounding war.”

On her team’s momentum going into overtime …
“I felt good in overtime, it was too bad that Sam (Logic) picked up that foul. But that is my fault; I should have taken her out of the game in that situation. We limited them to one field goal in that five minute time but we let them get to the free-throw line too many times.”

On what her team can take away from this game…
“Again, the rebounding for us is what we have to look at. Both offensively and defensively, we did not get the job done. So the way that we started the second half was not very good. But I thought that Kansas State did a really good job and they really gained a lot of momentum when they were shooting the basketball so well to begin the second half. It was a game of swings and I thought that we shot the ball well, too. This was a game that came down to who had the last possession.””

On K-State guard Brittany Chambers…
“You have to concentrate on her so much because she is so effective off the dribble but has the long-range three. We felt like we got her out of her slump, so hopefully she will have a tremendous year because she is a good player as well as a good kid.“

Center Morgan Johnson
On K-State’s offensive execution…
“They really got our guards sucked up a bit. Whenever they threw it into the high post, the backdoor dish was there. We really were not covering our bases towards the basket on defense.”

 On facing K-State’s tough interior players…
“Playing against tall girls allows me to use different post moves, so tonight was good experience for me.”