UC Davis and Kansas State Postgame Quotes

Dec. 12, 2010

 

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Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head Coach Deb Patterson
Opening Statement...
"We are excited about that win. It was a good win against a very high-quality opponent. I thought our defense continued to be very good today and highly accountable. I loved the attention that our players brought individually to the scout. They just continued to show that they are committed to doing the jobs on the defensive end of the floor and I just really credit our focus. We are heading into finals and it would have been very easy for our kids to be distracted and they really did a nice job defensively today."

On the team's quick start to the game...
"I thought offensively we came into the game wanting to be aggressive with our mentality. I thought that we were far more aggressive and smarter in the first half than the second half. I am not sure we sustained that quality of intensity, purpose and execution in the second half, but we definitely brought it in the first half. That was very important to our success today."

On the current assessment of the team...
"For a team that is starting three sophomores in the backcourt, I think we are doing very well. We are much improved mentally. I think we are tougher and more competitive than a year ago. Individually we have more maturity and our players are more focused in on what their team needs and what our system needs each possession up the floor."

Junior forward Branshea Brown
On the quick start in the second half...
"As Taelor (Karr) was saying, we just had our team chemistry going and we were flowing together."

On what the team can do to improve...
"I think that rebounding is one of them. We also need to be more physical and finish shots."

Sophomore Guard Taelor Karr
On her improvement and growth as a sophomore...
"Last year I knew Brittany (Chambers) and I were really overwhelmed with coming in and playing a lot of minutes. I feel as though both of us have really matured and figured out what we need to do. The game is starting to slow down for us. We have all been working hard this year and I feel like that is showing. We have a lot of team chemistry and it is going to keep getting better the rest of the season."

On what the team can do to improve offensive scoring...
"We definitely need to work on the boards. We need to get a lot more offensive rebounds. We are not going to make every shot. We know that so we need to start getting ourselves some second and third chance opportunities. The defensive rebounds can always lead to transition and pushing the ball which is what we like to do. We also need to stay cool and strong on the defensive end and if we focus on that results in offense for us."

Sophomore guard Brittany Chambers
On the fast start to today's game...
"I thought that we paid a lot of attention to the details. We knew that they were going to trap zone and we worked the ball quickly which allowed our guards to get open shots right away."

On the upcoming road games...
"We have been on the road before and the youngsters know how it feels to play in another gym. It is going to be about focusing on what we have to do and sticking together throughout the whole thing. You never know what to expect in another gym. It could be a dead gym or a super emotional gym. I think it is going to take a lot of leadership as it does in any road game."


UC Davis Coach Quotes

Head Coach Sandy Simpson
On tonight's performance...
"I was a little disappointed. I thought we came out a little bit flat and Kansas State, to their credit, jumped on that and took the big early lead.  We missed some shots that we normally make early and shot very poorly over the first eight or nine minutes of the game. By then I thought we settled down fairly well throughout the rest of the half. I really felt that when Kelsey Hill hit that long three that put us down 13 at half that it was a matter of who would respond at the start of the second half, and Kansas State came out and built the lead back up. Instead of us chopping at seven or eight we were looking at 19 or 20 and that was pretty much the ball game at that point. I am more concerned that we just played flat and did not play with a lot of energy. We have got to respond better than that on Tuesday to have a chance against Wichita State, and I also have to commend Kansas State's defense because they did a great job against our dribble penetration. I thought they boarded extremely well and took away our post play. We did not get much out of our posts and that is credit to Childs (Jalana) and Brown (Branshea). They did a terrific job."

On the play of Vicky Deely...
"Vicky has been playing very well for us lately. Tonight, despite her numbers, what you are looking for, and you look at the stats tonight you get the best of a bad performance. Vicky has been playing very well for us off the bench. She shoots the three extremely well for somebody with her power and size, and we think that she is going to be a terrific player by the end of the season. I think she will be a huge impact player. We did not get a lot of scoring out of our post, Paige Mintun, who was an all-conference pick and maybe even a player of the year candidate in our conference. But again you have to credit that to Kansas State defense of Branshea and Jalana."