K-State vs. Oral Roberts Postgame Quotes

Kansas State Head Coach and Player Quotes

Head coach Jeff Mittie
Opening statement…
“Well I thought that we played solid defensively most of the day. Without our defense, we would not have had a chance in this one. There were a lot of steals and a lot of deflections at that end, with the exception of some three looks that hurt us at times. For the most part our defense was pretty solid.”

On better performance offensively in second half…
“I thought in the first half we were frustrated with ourselves, and we were our own worst enemies early. I thought once we got out of our own way, it made things easier. We definitely played better in the second half.”

On Breanna Lewis…
“Part of a maturation process of a young center who is just 38 games into her career is that you have to fight through some tough stretches. During the first half, she was not doing much. She had some looks at the officials, but I think she got out of that. One of the things is that I was really pleased with our guards because we kept going to the rim. You are going to get your chances, and I think she found a better rhythm. We were going up against one of the nations tallest players, and I think she might lead the nation in blocks. She is just hard to score against. At the end of the day, that was a pretty good performance for her to go up against her and stay the course throughout the game.”

Sophomore Forward Breanna Lewis
On her performance…
“It just felt better and everything just went into rhythm as far as scoring. The guards were in place and it just felt good to be in rhythm and know that I came forward when I needed to.”

Junior Guard Antoinette Taylor
On her performance…
“It felt different. It was my first time at 33 minutes. It felt good, but I know that I have a lot to work on.”

Oral Roberts Head Coach Quotes
Head Coach Misti Cussen
On K-State making the comeback…
“We were playing a lot of freshman guards. There was one time tonight that I looked, and I had three freshmen perimeter players out there. A lot of your decision-making offensively all of the sudden came from someone that has not been in that position before. I think the difference for us in the first half to the second half was that K-State did a good job of increasing their pressure in their zone. They still stayed in their zone, but just pressuring the ball a little more, looking for offside skip pass, and we just got impatient. We did not have the same tempo and pace that we had in the first half. We intentionally wanted to not put the ball up until 10 seconds or under in the first half, and then we just got pushed further and further out and let that happen. Instead of countering that, we kind of settled in the second half. Then it is all of the sudden that you are trying to stick your finger in the dike and stop the bleeding. The success that K-State had defensively flowed into their offense, and we fouled too much. We put them on the free throw line way too much, and we knew that we would face a little bit of a mirror today with K-State, as far as how they scored and how we scored. The difference in the game was free throws. That is just putting them on the lin