K-State vs. William Jewell Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Coach and Player Quotes


Head Coach Jeff Mittie
Opening Statement…
“There were two things I found out tonight. That 21 can shoot it, and 34 can. The crowd knew it before we did, so before we recognized it, they played very well and shot it very well. I was disappointed in our recognition, but we will take a look at some things, and we will do things better. That is the main thing. We need to grow up in terms of recognition on the floor and handle those things quicker. We were not very attentive on defense tonight and very confused at times. They were doing some good things and obviously the ball goes in and it looks better from three, and we struggled with that. Offensively, we were out of sync early. We were out of sync most of the night, but I liked our ball movement in the second half. We did better with things in the second half. I thought we had more possessions that five players were engaged in the possession in spacing and timing standpoint and that was better. Still left a lot of points on the table, and I felt we were not as strong and that we are out of sync right now. People ask why play this game, because something that gets you out of sync is not playing. That is not an excuse, you have to play when the lights are on and it is ready. In practice yesterday, I thought that things had started to come out of that, because we scrimmaged our guy’s team. I felt we were pretty engaged in the scrimmage yesterday, so tonight we really did not have much flow offensively. Give William Jewell credit for that. They did some things to keep us off balance.”

On William Jewell’s three-point shooting…
“I told them before the one thing I know about William Jewell was that they have always shot the three really well, and they knew that, so this was not a surprise. It was not like ‘oh my gosh’ they never shot the three before, and they knew coming in to this game. So that is not an excuse now. How they did it was different than some teams we have faced before. They really spread us. We will have to take some look at some film so we can coach them better, and so we can put our team in a better position to not be confused and that is on me and the coaching staff to do a better job.”

On offensive plan …
“That was always the plan. It was not anything to counter the three point shooting. The plan was to play inside out with us. We obviously had an advantage in there, but it is always the plan.”

Senior Forward Ashia Woods
On frustration…
“Well like what coach said, we were a little confused on when they would spread us out everywhere. It was very frustrating when they would get it in the middle and kick it out. You try to get there, but once they let it go it is a lost cause.”

On the how this game helps them...
“I mean a win is a win at the end of the day, and when it is ugly we just have to go back and practice and work on and improve on hopefully for the next game and get better.”

Sophomore Forward Breanna Lewis
On play the last few games…
“I feel like we have learned from them every game, and work on every game. I feel like it is frustrating. We try to go to practice and fix things and put it in to our game.”

On winning the game…
“It makes you feel better, but I mean you still want to work on mistakes at the end of the game."


William Jewell Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Jill Cress
On how it felt to play K-State…
“Our players were very excited to have the opportunity to be here. You do not get that very often. They were very excited, probably a little bit more than I was. It was a great opportunity. We really appreciate them being able to do that. It was a bad situation on how we got here.”

On being able to make most of their three-point shots…
“We like that when that happens. We have really good shooters, and we played Central Missouri last night and we went 8-30. Today we were hitting better. I think part of that was we were really patient. Part of us being patient was that I did not want to give K-State a lot of opportunities to come back because they can score.”